On Sunday, the Jacksonville Jaguars claimed former Browns tight end Seth DeValve off waivers. DeValve was the only player among the ones Cleveland waived who was claimed.
DeValve was a 4th round pick by the Browns in 2016. He showed some early promise that year before taking off during the team’s 0-16 season, catching 33 passes for 395 yards and 1 touchdown. However, in 2018, early injuries derailed his season, and he wasn’t utilized in the offense very much by either Hue Jackson or Freddie Kitchens. He finished the season with 5 catches for 74 yards and 1 touchdown.
The athletic tight end was often a player who fans cheered to receive more playing time, but those cheers lessened when the team added more talent at wide receiver. With David Njoku firmly entrenched as the starting tight end, the second tight end would need to be more of a blocker, which left DeValve on the outside looking in.
DeValve took to Twitter to post this parting message to Browns fans:
Thank you to the @Browns for my first opportunity in the NFL! Cleveland is an incredible city with incredible people. I will never forget my time spent here, the connections I made with the community, and the friendships I built. Excited for the next chapter in Jacksonville! pic.twitter.com/zialadcKgp— Seth DeValve (@SethDevalve) September 1, 2019