Bryant caught one of two targets for 17 yards in Sunday's 33-29 loss to Kansas City. Bryant emerged as the second tight end ahead of David Njoku in 2020, but the roles were reversed in the season opener. Close watchers of the Browns' training camp and preseason were expecting this, but it became noticeable Week 1, when Njoku (35 snaps) nearly doubled the playing time of Bryant, who was on the field for 19 offensive snaps.
Bryant is active for Sunday's game against the Chiefs, according to Andrew Gribble of the Browns' official site. Bryant makes the active roster for the season opener, but he is behind both Austin Hooper and David Njoku on the depth chart. As a result, he's not expected to have a big role in the Browns' passing attack Sunday.
Bryant did not play in Sunday's 17-13 win over the Giants in preseason Week 2, Scott Petrak of the Chronicle-Telegram reports. A healthy Bryant played the preseason opener last week against the Jaguars but got the day off Sunday. He joined Austin Hooper and David Njoku on the no-play list, while Connor Davis and Jordan Franks were given a lot of run at tight end. The Browns also deployed fullback Johnny Stanton at tight end. With Stephen Carlson (knee) expected to miss multiple months, and perhaps the entire season, the Browns will need a fourth tight end.
Bryant added mass to his body during the offseason, Anthony Poisal and Andrew Gribble of the Browns' official site report. Bryant was a 230-pounder as a rookie in 2020 and noted the challenge when lining up against muscular defensive ends. As such, he wanted added bulk to become a better blocker. He's pushing 245 pounds in this camp, and he's less overmatched. Of course, technique matters when it comes to blocking, and that's an area he's focused on in camp. The added mass provides another benefit, this one as a receiver, which showed during Thursday's session when he caught a contested ball. Bryant enters Saturday's preseason opener third on the unofficial depth chart behind Austin Hooper and David Njoku.
Bryant is listed as the No. 3 tight end on Cleveland's unofficial depth chart. Bryant played more than David Njoku (shoulder) in 2020, but the Browns are leaning toward Njoku as the top backup to starter Austin Hooper. At least that was case until Njoku missed Tuesday's practice with a shoulder injury, paving the way for Bryant to get more practice reps as the team prepares for its first preseason game Saturday against Jacksonville.
|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|5||10/10||@Los Angeles Chargers||23||9.00|
|10||11/14||@New England Patriots||1||0.00|
|15||12/19||Las Vegas Raiders||6||2.00|
|16||12/25||@Green Bay Packers||5||1.00|
Red Zone Trends
|3 Year Avg||38||24||238||3||14||9.92||37|