Cleveland Browns: 4 Browns whose stock is down after MNF Jets win

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3. Tight end corps

The Browns are getting virtually nothing out of their tight end position.

David Njoku went down earlier in the game after taking a rough hit, and was checked for a concussion. The Chief weighed in after the game stating that he’s OK.

That left Demetrius Harris and Pharaoh Brown as the tight end options. Harris drew one target, while Brown wasn’t thrown to at all. Harris’ one catch went for four yards.

The tight end corps cannot go missing in action moving forward. Obviously, that has a lot to do with Njoku getting injured, but even when he’s in there, he’s got to establish a presence.

Often times, a tight end can be a nice safety valve, especially for a young quarterback. Perhaps the lack of poor tight end play is one of the reasons the Browns are struggling. Mayfield’s original safety vale, Rashard Higgins is out with injury, so Mayfield doesn’t have his out.

Seeing Harris struggle is disappointing, as he was brought in by Dorsey. He’s not elite at receiving, but he was supposed to be decent.

When back on the field, Njoku has to get going as well. He did have a touchdown in Week 1, but he had just four grabs for 37 yards on seven targets. Those seven targets go to show how weak the position became against the Jets. Tight ends were targeted three times in New York. Not good.