The Cleveland Browns released their first depth chart prior to the preseason game. Here are the biggest surprises from it right now.
With the release of the Cleveland Browns’ first unofficial depth chart before the organization’s first preseason game against the New Orleans Saints Thursday night, there were no shortage of surprises.
There’s still a lot of football to play before coach Hue Jackson molds his army or orange-helmeted men into a roster of 53, but here’s the 6 biggest surprises from the first depth chart.
Randall Telfer, TE
The Browns made David Njkou a first-round draft pick, but the Miami product has been diagnosed with a case of the drops in his first professional Training Camp.
With that said, second-year player Seth DeValve has been a pleasant surprise during camp.
With DeValve emerging in year two and Njoku’s huge upside, it would make sense for Cleveland to play these pass catching threats with the No. 1 offense.
However, that’s not the case.
Randall Telfer is going to lineup with the first team.
What’s it mean?
Telfer’s spot as the top tight end on the depth chart shines a spotlight on Hue Jackson‘s desire to run the football more in 2017.
Njoku and DeValve could be amazing receivers one day, but it’s clear Njoku needs more acclamation to the pro game, and not one pundit is going to go out on a limb and proclaim DeValve’s a decent blocker.
Additionally, Jackson could always run a two-run set, which would leave defenses guessing. Njoku or DeValve would give the Browns’ head coach a dangerous pass catching threat, while Telfer’s presence on the field means the opposition can’t give up on the possibility of a run.