Browns TE Harrison Bryant has been placed on the COVID list. We'll see if he's able to get cleared in time for Sunday's game vs. the Steelers. Bryant took on an expanded role last week with the Browns missing their top 4 WRs, catching 3 of 7 targets. But with those wideouts expected back for Week 17, Bryant is off the fantasy radar.
The Browns website reports that rookie TE Harrison Bryant will start in Austin Hooper's absence against the Bengals today. That points to him likely getting more snaps than veteran David Njoku. Keep the situation in mind if you're reaching way down the list for a TE replacement this week.
The Browns selected Florida Atlantic TE Harrison Bryant in the 4th round of the 2020 NFL Draft. Bryant improved his numbers each year at Florida Atlantic, culminating in a big 65-1,004-7 line in 2019. He faced lower-level competition for the most part — but he did catch 6 balls for 79 yards vs. Ohio State this past season. That game included a nice grab when lined up outside against 1st-round Lions CB Jeff Okudah. Bryant’s 3.04 yards per route run in 2019 was best among 18 of this year’s top TE prospects. He’s also considered a solid blocker. Bryant disappointed at the Combine with a 15th percentile SPARQ score but looks more athletic on tape. This is a rough landing spot, though, after Cleveland just handed TE Austin Hooper a big contract in free agency. TE David Njoku is also still on the roster, but perhaps he’s on the outs.