This article will examine the tight end position group for the 2021 Cleveland Browns.
The Atlanta Falcons selected Hooper in the third round of the 2016 NFL draft. His best year in Atlanta was 2019 where he had 75 receptions for 787 yards and six touchdowns. On March 20, 2020, Hopper signed a free agent contract with the Browns and finished the year with 46 receptions for 435 yards and four touchdowns. In first halves of games in 2020, he had 33 receptions for 339 yards and three touchdowns. Hopper made his free agent money in close games and in the red zone. In games with a seven point margin or less (seven games), he had 21 receptions for 211 yards and three touchdowns. In the red zone, Hopper had five receptions for 20 yards and all four of his touchdown catches.
The Browns selected Njoku with the 29th pick in the first round of the 2017 NFL draft. For his Browns career he has 112 receptions for 1279 yards and 11 touchdowns. In 2020 Njoku had his best games versus AFC teams, where in 11 games he’s had 18 receptions for 191 yards and two touchdowns. Versus the AFC North, he’s had 11 receptions for 135 yards and two touchdowns. As for the red zone, he caught three passes for 16 yards and two touchdowns.
Bryant was drafted by the Browns in the fourth round of the 2020 NFL draft after winning the John Mackey Award for the best tight end in college. In his first season with the Browns, Bryant had 24 receptions for 238 yards and three touchdowns. As with all the Browns tight ends, Bryant was good in the red zone, four receptions for 21 yards and three touchdowns. In games with a seven point margin or less (eigh games) Bryant had 12 receptions for 138 yards and two touchdowns. When the Browns were behind in a game, he had 15 receptions for 159 yards and three touchdowns.
The tight end group is key to Kevin Stefanski’s offensive scheme. Whether it was in the middle of the field or in the red zone. Hooper, Njoku and Bryant accounted for nine (33%) of the Browns touchdown passes. Hopper is looking to rebound after a disappointing season. Njoku is playing for a new contract and he hopes it’s with the Browns. Bryant is looking to build on a solid rookie campaign.
A very NFL game experienced position group.