Before a Week 7, five-catch, 60-yard breakout performance against Detroit, Smith played about 50 percent of available snaps. In Week 8, he earned 46 of 71 snaps (64 percent) and saw a career-high 85 percent of snaps by Week 13. Andrew Gribble and Jason Gibbs check in with rookie Tight End Harrison Bryant, as well as catch you up on today's training camp practice, on this Best Podcast Available. As you can see in the clip below it, Bryant was successful in 2019 from a similar look. Since Njoku's return, however, Bryant has just three targets over the last two weeks. The first part came true, as Njoku was selected No. Watch what he did to the draft’s No. The most highly-decorated player in FAU football's 19-season history. His second season was even better, as Njoku started in 14 of his 16 games played and increased his totals to 80 targets, 56 receptions, 639 yards, and another four touchdowns. Though the Browns picked up Njoku’s fifth-year option, that didn’t stop new head coach Kevin Stefanski from convincing his front office to spend big bucks to bring in free agent Austin Hooper. You've watched all the tape, you know the stats. width:100%; Once he’s in a clear window, Bryant gets the ball but is rocked. Hey, Mary Kay! opacity:1; All Rights Reserved. Against the Lions, Minnesota gouged Detroit on a two-man route because of play action. Co-Host of the Locked On NFL Draft Podcast. All in all, not bad. Assistant Director of Scouting Glenn Cook addresses the media following the selection of Tight End Harrison Bryant as the 115th overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft. As one of the most athletically gifted players in the entire draft class, I thought for sure the 6-foot-4, 246-pound Njoku would be a first-round pick and a future star in the NFL at a position (tight end) that was growing in both emphasis and creativity. Harrison Bryant contract and salary cap details, including signing bonus, guaranteed salary, dead money, roster bonuses, and contract history TE Harrison Bryant has a 4-year contract with the Cleveland Browns for $4,064,032, of which $769,032 is guaranteed. @RobGronkowski #WeMissYou @TomBrady @NFL #NFL100 @Patriots #GoPats If you or someone you know has a gambling problem, please call 1-800-GAMBLER. He just isn’t that yet. This play below explains what Stefanski did so well in Minnesota last season and why three or four tight ends will be needed in Cleveland. When tight ends are in the slot, owning the post route is a great way to have success. On the first play, notice how he drives through the whistle when he creates an advantageous angle block against an Ohio State linebacker. Housler also went on to play for the Browns. His fight and feet are there, he just needs some time for his weight to catch up. He was second on the team in receiving yards as a junior at FAU with 662 receiving yards in 2018, and was the team’s leading receiver in 2019 with 1,004 receiving yards on the season. His quarterback is either late on the throw or had to wait for him to pass the UAB linebacker. Welcome to Browns Wire's European Union Experience. Please check the opt-in box to acknowledge that you would like to subscribe. He showed plenty of ability in college. As a tight end, where you might be sacrificing speed, you can make up for in size. The Cleveland Browns are only three padded practices in, and it appears that rookie tight end Harrison Bryant is surpassing David Njoku on the depth chart. Bryant's claim to the No. Operating out of the slot below against Ohio State, Bryant stutters to sell a run block, before breaking in and making a nice grab in traffic. display:inline-block; Smith doesn’t get the ball here because he wasn’t open, but Stefanski asked him to run a corner route usually reserved for receivers. Diversity and Opportunity Fellowship Program. In his first season with the Browns, Njoku started five out of his 16 games played, saw 60 targets, brought in 32 catches, and recorded 386 yards with four touchdowns. To understand how Bryant can work in Cleveland as a rookie, it’s important to study how Smith thrived in Minnesota. They have no clue Smith is sneaking behind them for an explosive gain. The rookie remains part of the Browns' three-man rotation at tight end, but Week 6 was the first time he had a lower share of snaps (37 percent) than David Njoku (40 percent). It took Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski some time to reach his apex by exploiting smaller cornerbacks one-on-one outside. Bryant will have more competition for playing time, as the Browns anticipate David Njoku (knee) returning Week 5, Andrew Gribble of the Browns' official site reports. Covering the impact of coronavirus on the sports world. Below are some clips of Bryant lined up at tight end. For the win... Kyle Rudolph jump ball? He was a tackle in high school before switching to tight end his senior year. Keeping Smith on the field keeps the Vikings unpredictable, just as having Bryant on the field can do for Stefanski in Cleveland. Speaking of tight ends in space, both Smith and Bryant are capable of manipulating defenders from the slot and to the sideline. When you’re a tight end lined up at receiver, it’s usually because you move pretty well for your size, but there’s still a good chance that you’re not as flexible or as quick as a typical wide out, so you’re most likely naturally limited in the routes you can run. But the way Stefanski integrated Smith into Minnesota’s offense could provide a road map for Bryant. Subscribe to His versatility is his greatest asset as a rookie tight end still learning the position. padding:15px; Now make your pick. This is also an example of Stefanski marrying run and pass, to Smith’s benefit. Tight end Harrison Bryant addressed the media via Zoom on September 28, 2020. } All Rights Reserved. Harrison Bryant hears from General Manager Andrew Berry, Head Coach Kevin Stefanski, and ownership as the Browns select him with the 115th pick in the 2020 NFL Draft. Bryant did most of his damage from the slot in college. That’s why H-back should be his first NFL position. So, as this is a draft-centric site, Njoku’s trade demand now begs the question: if Njoku is traded, what could Bryant’s workload look like in 2020? The following browsers are supported: Chrome, Edge (v80 and later), Firefox and Safari. As seen in the clip above, though the offensive plays were slightly different, the end goal was to get a smaller defender caught in space against a bigger target. He gets a free release and rolls into his speed cut a bit stiff. Njoku then saw the writing on the wall, and had seen enough, and recently asked for a trade. If Jedrick Wills Jr. isn’t ready to to start at LT, who will? Jeff Okudah is either disinterested or didn’t want much to do with Bryant. All of that to say, according to what we know about Stefanski, there is plenty of room for two tight ends to thrive in his preferred system, and Bryant could be an ideal player in the Smith role. The Vikings’ tight end room was less crowded than Cleveland’s will be, and Bryant doesn’t carry the expectations of a second-rounder. Smith and Bryant are different athletes and were selected 65 picks apart for a reason. How might Bryant's flashy college career carry over to Cleveland? Notice how the Lions linebackers stand flat-footed against Minnesota’s heavy 13 unbalanced formation. The Browns’ fullback/H-back room is probably as crowded as its tight end Zoom meetings are. His 65 catches and 1,000-plus yards in a John Mackey Award-winning season came largely away from the line of scrimmage. The Cleveland Browns have been practicing hard and ramping up their activities during camp. 2021 NFL Draft Targets Giants Fans Should Watch On 10/3, 2021 NFL Draft: 5 Most Likely No. As it does for many rookies, Njoku’s career started off slow. Though he won’t be ready for Ravens defensive end Calais Campbell (6-6, 300 pounds), Bryant proved he can handle linebackers and safeties. Play action holds Jones, and when he realizes Smith is on a route, it’s too late. 1 Overall Picks, 5 ACC Sleepers To Keep An Eye On This Season. Earned the university's Athletic Academic Achievement Award as a senior, as well as Conference USA All-Academic honors as a junior and senior. Lucky for Bryant—and sort of a bummer for Njoku—Stefanski is all about utilizing two tight ends. © 2004-2020 CBS Interactive. I don’t anticipate Stefanski isolating Bryant out wide any time soon. section: | slug: browns-harrison-bryant-plays-less-than-njoku | sport: football | route: article_single_fantasy | The second part, well, we’re still waiting. Notice how he screams and points for coverage help. text-decoration:none; .promo_edge:after { Community Rules apply to all content you upload or otherwise submit to this site. Bryant had a higher snap share with David Njoku (knee) on IR. At 6-foot-5, he has the frame but at 240 pounds, won’t win many blocking assignments against NFL defensive linemen. Just last season the Vikings made Alabama product Irv Smith Jr. the No. 29 overall by the Cleveland Browns in the first round of the 2017 NFL Draft. As the offensive coordinator for the Minnesota Vikings in 2019, Stefanski ran 12 personnel (one running back, two tight ends) 34 percent of the time, which was the second-highest frequency in the NFL behind only the Philadelphia Eagles. Both Johnny Stanton and Andy Janovich are competing for snaps and a roster spot. Gronk makes the catch over (and taunts at) Sean Davis for the 2-Point Conversion. 6-keys: media/fantasynews/nfl/reg/free/stories. Originally drafted by the Cleveland Browns in the fourth round (115th overall) of the 2020 NFL Draft. But this story really starts here, as the Browns weren’t done bulking up their tight end room after the Hooper signing. Podcast, Browns sign 15 undrafted free agents, including CB A.J. By: Jeff Risdon. Cleveland has broken away from its hold on SEC prospects and snagged an offensive play-maker from C-USA in Bryant. David Njoku and Stephen Carlson will likely get first crack at joining Hooper on the field. Comparing Bryant to the best tight end of the last decade is unfair, but I don’t see why Bryant couldn’t score a touchdown like this someday. DISCLAIMER: This site and the products offered are for entertainment purposes only, and there is no gambling offered on this site. Green and WR Tony Brown, Browns 2020 schedule and that of all NFL teams to be released Thursday night, OBJ predicts one of his best seasons post-surgery: ‘Bigger, faster, stronger’, Berry to add more talent, likely to extend Garrett; Beckham in long-term plans, NFL schedule release: International games off in 2020, What should fans expect from DT Jordan Elliott, from Mizzou writer Nick Kelly: Podcast. Thus, this hits at the same point of attack and clearly catches North Texas by surprise. 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