In Part 3 of our training camp preview on the Cleveland Browns’ wide receivers, we look at the four receivers who seem assured of significant roles in the offense this year.
4. Devon Cajuste - Backup Tight End
Height: 6-4 | Weight: 242 lbs | Age: 25
Experience: 1 year | College: Stanford
Devon Cajuste was an undrafted free agent in 2016 who signed with the San Francisco 49ers. He was featured prominently at Stanford in a receiver role, catching 91 passes for 1,596 yards and 14 touchdowns. After not making the 49ers’ roster out of training camp, he spent his entire rookie season on Green Bay’s practice squad. He was placed on injured reserve at the end of that year with something that left him on crutches. It’s unclear what the injury was, but Green Bay did give him a workout during the season last year to check on his condition.
When Cajuste was a draft prospect, here is what Lance Zierlein of NFL.com said about him:
Cajuste might carry a higher grade as an H-back or tight end which are the two positions where he should project. Cajuste is a willing blocker who also carries some third down and goal line value as a pass catcher which is why we are projecting him as an H-back or move tight end.
There is always a chance that Todd Haley could prefer to have four tight ends as opposed to a fullback, so Cajuste isn’t fighting for nothing in this year’s camp even though three tight ends are firmly ahead of him.
Final Roster Odds: <5%
5. Julian Allen - Undrafted Free Agent Tight End
Height: 6-3 | Weight: 245 lbs | Age: 24
Experience: Rookie | College: Southern Mississippi
During rookie minicamp in May, the Browns had 28 players in for a tryout. Only 2 of those players were signed by the club, with Julian Allen being one of them.
Allen played college most recently at Southern Mississippi, where he logged 22 catches for 298 yards over the past two years. He was graded as the 35th-ranked tight end by Dane Brugler of NFL Draft Scout. Before the draft, Allen was asked to compare himself to a tight end in the NFL, and he picked Jordan Reed:
“Jordan Reed because we are around the same size and I feel we both have the ability to stretch the field but also can put our hand in the ground and block as well.”
Allen can be more of a receiving threat than his stats would indicate; he played in a college system that didn’t utilize the position in that capacity very much.
Final Roster Odds: <5%
If one of these tight ends could make the roster in 2018, who would it be?
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