TE’s Connor Davis/Jordan Franks
The Browns are going to look at Connor Davis and Jordan Franks very closely over the next two weeks to see if either is worth a roster spot in the wake of the Stephen Carlson injury. Carlson was the team’s best blocking tight end and may have been the strongest off the line, a major reason why he played in all 16 games in 2020. In 2021, it’s easier to find a good pass-catching tight end, as opposed to a gritty blocking tight end. Guys like Carlson turn five-man lines into six-man lines, and replacing someone who has the size, strength, and mobility to lock in on an end or blitz is not easy.
Davis and Franks will be evaluated for that ability for the next two weeks. It’s entirely possible that neither man makes the team, after all the Browns could just carry an extra offensive lineman, or bring on Johnny Stanton and his impeccable versatility, but head coach Kevin Stefanski likes to run four tight ends deep.
So it stands to reason that either Davis or Franks may be able to nab the open spot on the team that Carlson was going to have.