Finally football is back and each day we’re getting closer to the regular season.
The Cleveland Browns have been practicing hard and ramping up their activities during camp.
There are plenty of takeaways from the first few days of practice, but one player jumps out more than the rest.
That player being Florida Atlantic tight end Harrison Bryant who the Browns selected in the fourth-round of the draft.
Bryant has been impressive during camp and is showing why he won the 2019 Mackey Award.
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He showed off his receiving ability by catching back-to-back scores during red zone drills and had another catch during team drills.
Based on his early performances, Bryant could get a longer look over the next few practices.
Training Camp Takeaways
While Bryant has been outstanding thus far, there are a few other players that have made a name for themselves as well.
Rookie wide receiver Donovan Peoples-Jones made an impressive catch on a beautiful pass by quarterback Baker Mayfield.
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While Peoples-Jones is expected to be mainly depth, it’s nice to see him playing well during camp.
Defensive end Porter Gustin has been getting snaps over Chad Thomas recently.
It’s not huge news since both players are backups, but maybe Gustin will push his way into a bigger role in Cleveland.
Newly acquired defensive back M.J. Stewart has been working at nickel, which is likely where he’ll be used most of the time going forward.
Veteran safety Andrew Sendejo could be battling for playing time, but made a nice interception on Mayfield during Wednesday’s practice.
Lastly, running back Kareem Hunt has looked fantastic early in camp.
He’s getting more chances now with Nick Chubb in concussion protocol, but at least the Browns have a nice safety net in case of injury.
Expectations For Bryant
As mentioned earlier, Bryant has been one of the biggest bright spots during training camp.
It’s early, but the Browns are glad to have plenty of reliable depth at tight end.
Austin Hooper is going to be an important part of the offense and the obvious No. 1 tight end.
After that, David Njoku figures to be the No. 2 option, but Bryant might be able to make a case for himself.
During his senior year, Bryant finished with 65 receptions, 1,004 receiving yards, and seven touchdowns through 13 games.
Clearly, Bryant has the talent, so he could end up passing Njoku on the depth chart.
You can never have enough talent, so the Browns will happily take both of them.
Njoku will probably begin the season as the No. 2 tight end, but Bryant won’t be far behind.
Cleveland will find a way to get Bryant involved and if he keeps performing like this it won’t be long before he’s starting for the Browns.
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