As far as tight ends go, Stephen Carlson isn’t the best catch….get it? Primarily a blocking tight end, Carlson served his quarterback and running backs well in that regard but as a pass-catching option, he’s not shown to be much of one. He only registered one reception all year. This despite playing in all sixteen games and starting in two.
Clearly, he’s an offensive lineman who’s too light to be tackle. There’s one player on this team that deserves an opportunity and if that opportunity has to come at the expense of the fourth-string tight end, then so be it. That player is Johnny Stanton.
The 6’2, 240 lb fullback is an athlete’s athlete. Having played many positions but one being quarterback while at UNLV. He’s someone who could be a modern-day H-Back, filling in at both tight end and fullback.
Granted, with Andy Janovich on the team, Stanton doesn’t make much sense but if the Browns were to move Stanton to tight end, then that might make Carlson expendable.
Or they could just cut someone else to make room for Stanton.