Bryant was not targeted over 31 snaps in Sunday's 47-42 loss to the Chargers. It was the second time in three weeks without a catch for Bryant. Austin Hooper also went untargeted in Sunday's loss, but David Njoku's breakout performance -- six catches, 149 yards, one touchdown -- suggests Bryant has fallen to a deep third on the tight end depth chart.
Bryant did not catch either of his two targets in Sunday's 26-6 win over the Bears. The good news for Bryant is that he out-targeted fellow backup tight end David Njoku (zero targets) for a second straight week. The bad news is that his 33 snaps ranked third behind Njoku (50) and Austin Hooper among Cleveland tight ends for a third consecutive week.
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.
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