This is the 35th installment of a series of articles covering each player on the Cleveland Browns roster. A new player will be previewed every day from now until the Browns preseason begins. If you enjoy (tolerate) this article, I encourage you to check back each day to read each one. I try to keep these articles short and sweet.
#89- Stephen Carlson– TE- Princeton
Stephen Carlson from Princeton looks exactly how you would expect a guy named Stephen Carlson from Princeton to look. All jokes aside, it is very impressive that he got his degree from an Ivy League school. Ivy leaguers get a bad rap for being a little stuck up so it’s no wonder that so many tight ends come from Princeton. The Browns actually have two, Carlson and Seth Devalve.
The rookie tight end had a fairly prolific career at Princeton. (Have I mentioned he went to Princeton?) Carlson had a solid senior campaign with 683 yards and five scores, but his junior year was particularly special. He recorded 71 catches for 935 yards. Those inflated numbers were due in part to the fact that he played wide receiver that season. For his collegiate career, his 16 touchdowns rank him third overall in the school’s history.
It’s hard to tell where Carlson could fit in with this Browns team. David Njoku is a clear favorite as a starter, and John Dorsey brought in veteran Demetrius Harris from Kansas City (Dorsey was with the Chiefs when they signed Harris in 2013). He would also have to compete with FB/TE Orson Charles and fellow Princeton alum, Seth Devalve. Most teams only keep three active tight ends so it will be a tough climb for the rookie. There is a path for him though, as Devalve is a holdover from the previous regime and the staff could view Charles strictly as a fullback.
I’m debating with myself over who is the third or fourth best tight end on the roster rather than which journeyman or undrafted rookie will start at quarterback. What a time to be alive, Browns fans!
If you enjoyed this article, be sure to check out yesterday’s breakdown on Austin Corbett.