This is the 22nd installment of a series of articles covering each player on the Cleveland Browns roster. There will be a new player released every day from now until the Browns preseason begins. If you enjoy (tolerate) this article, I encourage you to check back each day to read each one. I try to keep these articles short and sweet.
#67- Brian Fineanganofo– T- Idaho State
Finanganofo played his college ball at Idaho State so if Brian ever gets to see the field, I petition that anytime he flattens an opposing defender, it is called a Potato Pancake. One other reason I love this guy is that after years of learning the names of TJ Houshmandzadeh with the Bengals and Chris Fuamatu-Ma’afala with the Steelers, the Browns finally have a player with a difficult last name to pronounce.
The 6’6, 300lb left tackle was voted to the first team all-Big Sky and second team Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) All-American as a senior last season. He also helped protect an offense who was ranked 6th in yards per game in the entire FCS. John Dorsey has a knack for finding talent in places others may not be looking, and what better place to discover a huge, athletic offensive lineman than a small school in the heart of potato country.
Cleveland’s offensive line was very good in the second half of the season last year. That can be attributed to healthy wide receivers, Hue and Todd Haley not doing the playcalling, and Baker Mayfield getting more comfortable. Four of the five starters are set on the line with only the right guard position up in the air. Finanganofo was brought in as a tackle and so he hasn’t been mentioned as a player in the running for the open job. However, after the release of Desmond Harrison, a reserve tackle position did become available for the taking.
If you enjoyed this article, be sure to check out yesterday’s breakdown on Brian Price.