This is the 47th installment of a series of articles covering each player on the Cleveland Browns roster. A new player will be previewed 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.
#16- Ishmael Hyman– WR- James Madison
I’m not going to make any inappropriate jokes about Hyman breaking tackles or anything like that because my mother reads these. Instead, I like to focus on his first name which I’m assuming is an homage to the Moby-Dick character. I only skimmed that book in high school, but from what I remember they were chasing a whale. This season, Ishmael is going to help the Browns chase the ultimate white whale, the Lombardi Trophy. To do that, Hyman is going to have to bust some nice returns this year.
Just like his teammates, Garrett Gilbert, and D’Ernest Johnson, Hyman was a member of the Orlando Apollos from the now-defunct Alliance of American Football. As a senior at James Madison, Hyman recorded 408 yards and four touchdowns as his team went on to win the FCS National Championship.
Wide receiver has been a position of emphasis with the John Dorsey regime. He is kind of like the anti-Ray Farmer. Dorsey inherited Rashard Higgins and has added Odell Beckham, Jarvis Landry, and Antonio Callaway in the last two offseasons, giving Cleveland one of the most dangerous receiving corps in the NFL. This makes it tough for undrafted free agents like Ishmael Hyman to make the roster. He is competing with Damion Ratley and Derrick Willies who already have familiarity with Baker Mayfield, among others. Hyman would really need a breakout training camp to make the team.
If you enjoyed this article, be sure to check out yesterday’s breakdown on Tavierre Thomas.