The Cleveland Browns will reportedly be signing tight end Kyle Markway to the practice squad.
The move was announced by Markway’s agent via a Tweet on Saturday morning:
The Cleveland Browns will be signing Kyle Markway (TE, South Carolina) to their practice squad. Was with the Steelers and Giants throughout the off-season and training camp. Talented and versatile player who just needs the right opportunity.— Brett Tessler (@TesslerSports) September 19, 2020
The 6-foot-4 and 250-pound Markway originally signed with the New York Giants as an undrafted free agent in 2019 out of South Carolina.
Markway had injury issues with the Gamecocks, missing all of the 2016 and 2017 seasons. He came back for two more years, and finished his final college season by catching 31 passes for 349 yards and two touchdowns.
Markway spent some time on the Giants practice squad in 2019 before being released earlier this year. He signed with the Pittsburgh Steelers in late August but was released during the final roster cutdown.
According to his 2019 draft profile in The Boston Globe, Markway is known mostly for his blocking ability rather than his pass-catching skills (h/t to Big Blue View):
Markway looks bigger than his listed size (6-4, 250), with broad shoulders and a thick musculature, including a powerful lower half. Quality and tenacious blocker. Does not back down from the challenge of bigger defenders, showing good initial quickness, balance and power to create movement at the point of attack. Good technique, utilizing proper hand placement, knee bend and timing on combo blocks. Is no-nonsense after the catch, barreling downfield.
While Markway may block like an offensive lineman, he also runs like one, appearing to be wearing ankle weights and creeping up to top speed while showing very little burst out of his breaks — also a reflection of underdeveloped route-running. Missed almost all of 2016 and 2017 with injuries (foot, ribs).
Markway’s signing will bring Cleveland’s practice squad to 15 players.