Cleveland Browns: 5 analytics friendly free agents Browns should target

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3. Hunter Henry, TE, Chargers

There’s a great deal of risk when talking about Hunter Hentry, but there’s no denying his numbers when he actually plays.

Since 2016, Henry’s 90.5 receiving grade against single coverage is the eighth-best mark in the NFL.

Here’s the problem, though. He missed the entire 2018 season and was limited to just 12 games in 2019. Despite missing a quarter of the Chargers season, Henry still posted a 75.0 receiving grade, which is still considered good.

Any discussion of tight end has to start with David Njoku, of course, and it will be interesting to see how the Browns view their former first round pick.

It was speculated that he fell out of favor with Freddie Kitchens and John Dorsey, but now that they’re gone, Njoku may get a second chance.

The Browns will soon have to make a decision on The U product, as the higher-ups needs to decide if it will be worth it to pick up his fifth-year option for 2021.

Njoku had his own injury problems to deal with last season, breaking his wrist in Week 2. When he did come back for the final month of the season, he was an afterthought in the offense.

If you had to have one, you’d probably take Henry because he’s more sure handed and is more of a mismatch nightmare. Plus, he’s not allergic to blocking. He’s by no means elite, but good enough that Stefanski could leave him on the field.