Harrison Bryant

Harrison Bryant

Tight End #88
Team: Cleveland Browns
Ht / Wt:6'5" / 243 lb.
College:Florida Atlantic
Born:April 23, 1998
Drafted:2020 / Rd. 4 (115)
Draft Team:CLE

Harrison Bryant: Quiet in playoffs

Bryant had one target in Sunday's 22-17 playoff loss to the Chiefs.

Analysis: Bryant finishes the season with zero catches and one target in Cleveland's two playoff games. The rookie shared a role with veteran David Njoku all season behind starter Austin Hooper, but Bryant ended up with more targets (38), catches (24), yards (238) and touchdowns (three) than Njoku (29-19-213-2) during the regular season. All three tight ends are expected to return in 2021, so there's not much space of Bryant to grow those numbers.

January 17, 2021 7:50 PM EST

Harrison Bryant: Untargeted in return

Bryant was not targeted in Sunday's 48-37 wild-card win over Pittsburgh.

Analysis: Bryant returned to action for the playoffs after missing the regular-season finale while on the reserve/COVID-19 list. The rookie played 22 snaps, one more than fellow backup David Njoku, but both players paled in comparison to Austin Hooper, who had a team-high 11 targets over 60 snaps. The Browns move to the AFC divisional round next Sunday to play Kansas City, a defense that ranked 28th in yards allowed to opposing tight ends (59.6 YPG).

January 11, 2021 5:43 AM EST

Harrison Bryant: Activated off COVID list

Bryant was activated from the reserve/COVID-19 list Saturday.

Analysis: The Browns got back a number of players ahead of their Sunday playoff game against the Steelers including the 2020 fourth-round pick. Bryant has picked up a decent amount of playing time as the No. 2 tight end behind Austin Hooper throughout the season but it hasn't translated into a ton of production. In his lone contest against the Steelers in Week 6, Bryant played just 37 percent of the offensive snaps and caught one of his two targets for 11 yards.

January 9, 2021 9:02 AM EST

Harrison Bryant: Out Week 17 after positive test

Bryant won't be available for Sunday's game against the Steelers after testing positive for COVID-19, Tom Pelissero of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: Cleveland had already moved Bryant to the reserve/COVID-19 list Tuesday after the tight end was deemed to be a close contact of an infected person or persons. Upon undergoing additional testing while in isolation the past couple of days, Bryant was determined to have contracted the virus. He'll thus remain away from the team for the regular-season finale, though Bryant could have a chance to gain clearance for a potential wild-card playoff game, should the Browns earn a postseason berth. Cleveland will proceed with David Njoku and Stephen Carlson as its depth options at tight end behind Austin Hooper in Week 17.

December 31, 2020 7:44 AM EST

Harrison Bryant: Deemed close contact

Bryant (reserve/COVID-19) is considered a close contact with someone outside the Browns' organization that tested positive for the virus, Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.

Analysis: Bryant was placed on the list Tuesday, joining wide receivers Jarvis Landry, Rashard Higgins, KhaDarel Hodge and Donovan Peoples-Jones. All five players are still eligible to play in this week's season finale against Pittsburgh, if they continue to test negative. The wideouts can return as early as Thursday while Saturday is the earliest Bryant can come off the list. The Browns can clinch a playoff spot with a win.

December 29, 2020 6:52 PM EST

Harrison Bryant: Shifts to COVID-19 list

Bryant was placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list Tuesday.

Analysis: Bryant either contracted the virus or came into close contact with someone who did. If he's merely a close contact, he'll be eligible to play in the season finale against Pittsburgh as long as he continues to test negative. The rookie fourth-round pick joins wide receivers Jarvis Landry, Rashard Higgins, KhaDarel Hodge and Donovan Peoples-Jones -- all deemed close contacts -- on the reserve list.

December 29, 2020 1:58 PM EST

Harrison Bryant: Season high targets

Bryant caught three of a season-high seven targets for 37 yards in Sunday's 23-16 loss to the Jets.

Analysis: Cleveland's tight ends took on an extra workload as the top four wide receivers were placed on the COVID-19 list and unavailable. The position group combined for 26 targets, smashing the previous season high of 12. Bryant and the rest of the tight ends could be back to normal next week. The wideouts, who are considered close contacts of a teammate that tested positive, will spend at least five days on the list. The group could return in time to practice and get ready for Week 17 against the Steelers.

December 28, 2020 3:27 AM EST

Harrison Bryant: Back to normal with Hooper back

Bryant caught two of two targets for 19 yards in Sunday's 20-6 win over the Giants.

Analysis: The tight end position group welcomed back Austin Hooper, who returned from a neck injury that forced him to miss Week 14, and that reduced the targets allotted to Bryant. The rookie was the target leader among tight ends last week with six, followed by a more normal two targets this week with a returning Hooper. All Cleveland tight ends see potential in Week 15 against the Jets, who rank last in fantasy points allowed to tight ends.

December 21, 2020 3:02 AM EST

Harrison Bryant: Leading TE target

Bryant caught three of a season-high six passes for 18 yards in Monday's 47-42 loss to the Ravens.

Analysis: Bryant and fellow tight end David Njoku picked up more playing time with Austin Hooper (neck) on the shelf. Each played significantly with Bryant's 55 snaps slightly outpacing Njoku's 51. It was just the second time in the last five games that Bryant, who has had some fumble issues, has been targeted. Hooper's neck injury is not considered serious, so he could return for Week 15 on the road against the Giants on Sunday night.

December 15, 2020 5:07 AM EST

Harrison Bryant: Getting starting nod for Week 14

Bryant is expected to start at tight end Monday night against the Ravens with Austin Hooper (neck) having been ruled out for Week 14, Andrew Gribble of the Browns' official site reports.

Analysis: Bryant had earned six consecutive starts coming into Week 14, though Hooper's confirmed absence clears the fourth-round rookie for a more vital passing-downs role. The Florida Atlanta product reeled in four passes for 56 yards and two TDs during a Week 7 matchup against the Bengals while Hooper was recuperating from a removed appendix.

December 14, 2020 3:58 PM EST

Harrison Bryant: Untargeted in win

Bryant was not targeted in Sunday's 41-35 win over the Titans.

Analysis: Bryant went untargeted Sunday,, one week after he lost his second fumble of the season; however, it's unlikely that miscue led to a lack of involvement against Tennessee. Sunday's game was the third in the last four that the rookie was untargeted. Bryant has fallen off the radar during the second half of the season, going from 2.6 targets per game over the first eight games to 0.5 over the last four contests.

December 7, 2020 3:06 AM EST

Harrison Bryant: Fumbles in win

Bryant caught one of two targets for 13 yards and lost a fumble in Sunday's 27-25 win over Jacksonville.

Analysis: The good news for Bryant is that he snapped a two-game run without a target, but his fumble on the first play of the second half led to a go-ahead touchdown. The entire tight end group has experienced a drop in targets, coinciding with the return of running back Nick Chubb three weeks ago. Cleveland has a 62-to-38 percent split in run/pass over the last three games, which has resulted in just 13 tight end targets during that span. And nine of those targets belong to starter Austin Hooper. That run/pass mix will likely continue in Week 13 against Tennessee; however, the Titans present a favorable matchup for Bryant, ranking seventh in the NFL with seven touchdowns allowed to opposing tight ends.

November 30, 2020 5:23 AM EST

Harrison Bryant: Untargeted for second straight week

Bryant was not officially targeted while playing 58 percent of the snaps in Sunday's 22-17 win over the Eagles.

Analysis: Bryant was thrown to once -- an incomplete target in the red zone -- but the play was negated due to a defensive pass interference call. So officially, Bryant went untargeted for a second straight week. That drop in targets dovetails with Cleveland pounding defenses with its running backs, a trend that should continue as the weather becomes more wintry. The Browns are next-to-last in the NFL in pass attempts and last in completions. That doesn't leave much space for a player like Bryant, who's played nearly 57 percent of the offensive snaps in 2020.

November 23, 2020 5:04 AM EST

Harrison Bryant: Untargeted against Texans

Bryant did not garner a single target over 36 offensive snaps during Sunday's 10-7 win against Houston.

Analysis: Cleveland only elected to put the ball in the air 20 times Sunday, pounding the rock on 41 occasions to the tune of 5.6 team yards per carry. Given the low-volume passing script, Harrison endured his second no-catch showing of the 2020 campaign and his second consecutive outing of 25 or fewer receiving yards. The rookie's 56-yard, two-touchdown Week 8 output against the Raiders appears to be somewhat of an anomaly, as the Browns head into a Week 11 matchup against the Eagles' sixth-ranked pass defense.

November 17, 2020 6:27 PM EST

Harrison Bryant: Quiet following Week 7 breakout

Bryant reeled in all three of his targets for 25 receiving yards during Sunday's 16-6 loss to the Raiders.

Analysis: Bryant did finish as the No. 2 leading option among Cleveland pass-catchers Sunday, but unfortunately that performance came on a day in which the Browns mustered only 122 yards through the air with no touchdowns. The fourth-round rookie established a career high with 56 receiving yards last Sunday against the Bengals, notching two touchdowns in a 37-34 win. He was thrust into starting position for a second consecutive game this week as Austin Hooper (appendix) sat out again, but the two-time Pro Bowler will be afforded the Browns' Week 9 bye to rest up from an Oct. 23 appendectomy.

November 1, 2020 4:26 PM EST

Harrison Bryant: Set for another start

Bryant's set to reprise his role as Cleveland's top tight end Sunday against the Raiders, as Scott Petrak of The Chronicle-Telegram reports that Austin Hooper (appendix) has been ruled out.

Analysis: Bryant scored two touchdowns in Hooper's first absence of the season last week against the Bengals, and he figures to once again serve as an important piece of a Cleveland passing attack that will be missing wide receiver Odell Beckham (knee) in addition to Hooper. Fellow tight end David Njoku, who also found the end zone last week, should also see the field more as a result of Hooper's absence.

October 30, 2020 10:30 AM EST

Harrison Bryant: Scores twice as top tight end

Bryant caught four of five targets for 56 yards and two touchdowns in Sunday's 37-34 win over the Bengals.

Analysis: Bryant took advantage of the extra opportunities created by Austin Hooper's (appendix) absence. He scored a three-yard touchdown to tie the game at 10 apiece in the second quarter, then tied it up at 17-all with a six-yard score in the third. With Hooper's appendectomy expected to keep him out through the Week 9 bye, Hooper and the disgruntled David Njoku, who also caught a touchdown, are both poised to keep playing expanded roles at tight end against the Raiders in Week 8.

October 25, 2020 1:34 PM EST

Harrison Bryant: Filling in for Hooper

Bryant is slated to start at tight end for the Browns in Sunday's game against the Bengals, with Austin Hooper (appendix) sidelined, Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.

Analysis: While Bryant is in line to get the Week 7 starting nod, David Njoku should also see his share of snaps Sunday, especially in two tight end sets. A possible time-share on that front thus limits the bankable fantasy ceiling of each player, but Bryant is an option for those in need of a replacement for Hooper or as a bye-week plug in.

October 25, 2020 9:13 AM EST

Harrison Bryant: Work to pick up sans Hooper

Bryant is expected to handle an increased role Sunday against the Bengals after top tight end Austin Hooper was ruled out for the contest following an emergency appendectomy, Jake Trotter of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: While the Browns had both Hooper and David Njoku available in the past two games, Bryant drew his two lowest offensive snap shares of the season, playing 40 and 37 percent of the snaps in Weeks 5 and 6, respectively. With Hooper out of the mix for at least one game, Bryant and Njoku will likely split time at the position, as neither dramatically exceeded the other in terms of snaps the past two weeks. Even with a decent matchup on tap, Bryant is still probably best suited for fantasy leagues that start two tight ends.

October 23, 2020 11:00 AM EST

Harrison Bryant: Plays less than Njoku

Bryant caught one of two targets for 11 yards in Sunday's 38-7 loss to the Steelers.

Analysis: Bryant remains part of the Browns' three-headed tight end rotation, but Week 6 was the first time he had a lower share of snaps (37 percent) than David Njoku (40 percent). The consensus entering the season was that Njoku would sit second behind starter Austin Hooper, but a knee injury limited him over the first five weeks and raised Bryant's profile. Bryant has just three targets over the last two weeks.

October 19, 2020 4:40 AM EST

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