Bryant caught one of two targets for 13 yards and lost a fumble in Sunday's 27-25 win over Jacksonville.
The good news for Bryant is that he snapped a two-game run without a target, but his fumble on the first play of the second half led to a go-ahead touchdown. The entire tight end group has experienced a drop in targets, coinciding with the return of running back Nick Chubb three weeks ago. Cleveland has a 62/38 percent run/pass split over the last three games, which has resulted in just 13 tight end targets during that span, and nine of those targets belong to starter Austin Hooper. That run/pass mix will likely continue in Week 13 against Tennessee, but the Titans present a favorable matchup for Bryant, ranking 26th in the NFL with seven touchdowns allowed to opposing tight ends.
Bryant was not officially targeted while playing 58 percent of the snaps in Sunday's 22-17 win over the Eagles.
Bryant was thrown to once -- an incomplete target in the red zone -- but the play was negated due to a defensive pass interference call. Officially, Bryant went untargeted for a second straight week. That drop in targets dovetails with Cleveland leaning on its running game, a trend that should continue as the weather becomes more wintry. The Browns are next-to-last in the NFL in pass attempts and last in completions, which doesn't leave much space for a player like Bryant to be productive.
Bryant did not garner a single target over 36 offensive snaps during Sunday's 10-7 win against Houston.
Cleveland only elected to put the ball in the air 20 times Sunday, pounding the rock on 41 occasions to the tune of 5.6 yards per carry. Given the low-volume passing script, Bryant endured his second no-catch showing of the 2020 campaign and his second consecutive outing of 25 or fewer receiving yards. The rookie's 56-yard, two-touchdown Week 7 output against the Bengals appears to be somewhat of an anomaly, as the Browns head into a Week 11 matchup against the Eagles' sixth-ranked pass defense.
Bryant reeled in all three of his targets for 25 receiving yards during Sunday's 16-6 loss to the Raiders.
Bryant did finish as the No. 2 leading option among Cleveland pass-catchers Sunday, but the performance came on a day in which the Browns mustered only 122 yards through the air with no touchdowns. He also lost a fumble in the first quarter on the Las Vegas side of the field. The fourth-round rookie established a career high with 56 receiving yards last Sunday against the Bengals, notching two touchdowns in a 37-34 win. He was thrust into the starting position for a second consecutive game this week as Austin Hooper (appendix) sat out again, but the two-time Pro Bowler will be afforded the Browns' Week 9 bye to rest up from an Oct. 23 appendectomy and could reclaim his spot over Bryant in the lineup come Week 10.
Bryant is set to reprise his role as Cleveland's top tight end Sunday against the Raiders, as Scott Petrak of The Chronicle-Telegram reports that Austin Hooper (appendix) has been ruled out.
Bryant scored two touchdowns in Hooper's first absence of the season last week against the Bengals, and he once again figures to serve as an important piece of a Cleveland passing attack that will be missing wide receiver Odell Beckham (knee) in addition to Hooper. Fellow tight end David Njoku, who also found the end zone last week, should also see the field more as a result of Hooper's absence.
Bryant caught four of five targets for 56 yards and two touchdowns in Sunday's 37-34 win over the Bengals.
Bryant took advantage of the extra opportunities created by Austin Hooper's (appendix) absence. He scored a three-yard touchdown to tie the game at 10 apiece in the second quarter, then tied it up at 17-all with a six-yard score in the third. With Hooper's appendectomy expected to keep him out through the Week 9 bye, Bryant and the disgruntled David Njoku, who also caught a touchdown, are both poised to keep playing expanded roles at tight end against the Raiders in Week 8.
Bryant is slated to start at tight end for the Browns in Sunday's game against the Bengals, with Austin Hooper (appendix) sidelined, Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.
While Bryant is in line to get the Week 7 starting nod, David Njoku should also see his share of snaps Sunday, especially in two tight end sets. A possible time-share on that front thus limits the bankable fantasy ceiling of each player, but Bryant is an option for those in need of a replacement for Hooper or as a bye-week plug in.
Bryant is expected to handle an increased role Sunday against the Bengals after top tight end Austin Hooper was ruled out for the contest following an emergency appendectomy, Jake Trotter of ESPN.com reports.
While the Browns had both Hooper and David Njoku available in the past two games, Bryant drew his two lowest offensive snap shares of the season, playing 40 and 37 percent of the snaps in Weeks 5 and 6, respectively. With Hooper out of the mix for at least one game, Bryant and Njoku will likely split time at the position, as neither dramatically exceeded the other in terms of snaps the past two weeks. Even with a decent matchup on tap, Bryant is still probably best suited for fantasy leagues that start two tight ends.
Bryant caught one of two targets for 11 yards in Sunday's 38-7 loss to the Steelers.
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). The consensus entering the season was that Njoku would sit second behind starter Austin Hooper, but a knee injury limited him over the first five weeks and raised Bryant's profile. Since Njoku's return, however, Bryant has just three targets over the last two weeks.
Bryant failed to catch his only target in Sunday's 32-23 win over the Colts.
Bryant's claim to the No. 2 TE spot behind starter Austin Hooper came to an end Sunday, as David Njoku returned from a knee injury. While Bryant (29) had more snaps than Njoku (21), his playing time dropped from the 41 snaps he averaged while Njoku was on injured reserved the last three weeks.
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.
Bryant has filled in the last three weeks while Njoku recovered from a sprained MCL. Bryant and Njoku will compete for playing time behind (and along with) primary tight end Austin Hooper in Cleveland's multi-TE attack. It's unknown how the deployment will shake itself out, as the only time all three were active was Week 1 when Njoku left in the third quarter. One thing that became clear during Njoku's absence is that Browns are confident Bryant can handle the workload, so it's not a given the veteran Njoku will step in as the top backup.
Bryant caught four of four targets for 37 yards in Sunday's 49-38 win over Dallas.
Bryant's usage has increased each game since the season opener, which is partly due to David Njoku's knee injury. It's also due to the maturity he brings to the position -- the Browns trust the rookie to do his job on each play. Bryant has at least one target and catch in all four games. Cleveland's tight ends had their most productive game Week 4, as Bryant and Austin Hooper combined for nine catches on 11 targets for 71 yards and a touchdown. Until Njoku returns, Bryant remains the top backup to Hooper.
Bryant caught one of two targets for three yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 34-20 win over Washington.
Bryant's touchdown catch, the first of his NFL career, proved to be the game-winning score for the Browns, who fought back from two deficits in the game. Bryant has one catch in each of his first three games while getting additional reps in the wake of a knee injury to David Njoku. Bryant's 40 snaps and 63 percent of the offensive plays were season highs for the rookie.
Bryant caught one of two targets for 14 yards and played 30 snaps (52 percent) in Thursday's 35-30 win over the Bengals in Week 2.
Bryant played one less snap Thursday than he did Week 1, but the rookie had a greater share of the total, going from 42 to 52 percent. As expected, his usage increased with David Njoku (knee) on injured reserve. However, that was tempered by the increase in snaps for fullback Andy Janovich, who went from nine snaps Week 1 to 22 on Thursday. Bryant has two catches, four targets and 19 yards after two games.
With the Browns placing David Njoku on injured reserve Monday, Bryant should see an increase in playing time.
Njoku will be out for at least three weeks, which gives Bryant a lot of exposure beginning Week 2 at home against the Bengals on Thursday. The rookie's 31 snaps in a Week 1 loss to the Ravens were second among four tight ends that played. The entire position group combined to play 116 snaps, so the offense is geared to playing multiple tight ends. Austin Hooper, who played 77 percent of the snaps Week 1, could also see an increase.
Bryant caught one of two targets for five yards and played 31 snaps (42 percent) in Sunday's 38-6 loss to the Ravens in Week 1.
Bryant was in the starting lineup in his NFL debut, and both targets were in the first quarter, including his lone catch on the second play of the game. The Browns appear to be confident in the rookie fourth-round pick. He entered the game competing with David Njoku for playing time but could see an uptick after Njoku departed with a knee injury. Bryant was second among the position group in snap count, trailing Austin Hooper (56, 77 percent) and ahead of Njoku (17, 23 percent). The Browns have a quick turnaround for Week 2, playing Thursday night against the Bengals, which might be too quick for a Njoku return.
Bryant was named the winner of Cleveland's 2020 Maurice Basset award for the best rookie at training camp, Scott Petrak of the Elyria Chronicle-Telegram reports.
The rookie fourth-round pick has made the most of his opportunities in training camp, especially when David Njoku logged a three-day absence due to a wrist injury and Bryant was called upon to step up. New coach Kevin Stefanski stands run a substantial amount of two-tight end sets this season, so Bryant could see a respectable amount of reps despite operating behind Austin Hooper and Njoku on the depth chart. If Bryant is able to carry his momentum from camp into the regular season he could even pressure Njoku, but the Florida Atlantic product still faces a steep path to fantasy relevance as a rookie.
Bryant has received practice snaps in place of the injured David Njoku (wrist), Andrew Gribble of the Browns' official site reports.
Njoku is experiencing soreness in the same wrist he injured in 2019, though the issue doesn't appear to be serious at this time. Bryant has stood out in camp both with his play on the field and with his ability to grasp the offense. "He is a very locked-in young man," coach Kevin Stefanski told Scott Patsko of the Cleveland Plain Dealer. "He is on top of his assignments. He plays with great effort. Very pleased with where he is. He has a ton of work to do. Everything that he is doing is happening for the first time for him, but pleased with his progression." The consensus entering the regular season is that Bryant will sit behind Austin Hooper and Njoku on the depth chart, but the 2020 fourth-round pick out of Florida Atlantic could eventually push for more playing time.
Bryant caught a pair of touchdown passes during drills Wednesday, Dan Labbe of the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.
The Browns are giving Bryant a good look early in camp, and he's setting himself up for longer looks as camp wears on. The 2019 John Mackey Award winner can play off the line, something he did often at Florida Atlantic and the Browns want to do with their tight ends. Bryant's currently third on the depth chart but will be pushing David Njoku in camp.
Bryant played four positions during his four years in college, Ellis L. Williams of the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.
Bryant is primarily a tight end, if an undersized one, but he has experience at H-back, being split out wide and playing in the slot. The fourth-round pick out of Florida Atlantic University could line up at multiple spots for the Browns, similar to Minnesota's Irv Smith, the 2019 second-round pick who served as a second tight end under then-VIkings offensive coordinator Kevin Stefanski. He caught 36 of 47 targets, one target fewer than No. 1 tight end Kyle Rudolph, while scoring two touchdowns for the Vikes. Bryant will have a slightly more crowded position group in Cleveland, which will have Austin Hooper and David Njoku as the top two tight ends.
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|2||Thu 09/17||vs CIN||W 35-30||1||14||14.0||14||0|
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