|Ht / Wt:||6'4" / 230 lb.|
|Drafted:||2019 / UDFA|
Carlson was not targeted in Sunday's 33-23 loss to the Bengals in Week 17.
Analysis: Carlson, an undrafted free agent out of Princeton, began the season on the Browns' practice squad before a promotion to the active roster midseason. Cleveland's tight end position was never solidified following David Njoku's wrist injury in Week 2, and all members took turns getting red-zone looks from quarterback Baker Mayfield. Carlson finished with five catches for 51 yards and one touchdown over nine games. With a new head coach coming in 2020, Carlson's status is uncertain. Presumably, a new coach will want to get a good look at Njoku, who missed many weeks due to the injury then ran afoul of former head coach Freddie Kitchens.
Carlson had one target and played 41 snaps in Sunday's 27-19 win over the Bengals.
Analysis: Carlson was the starting tight end as Demetrius Harris was made inactive and David Njoku made his first appearance since Week 2 due to a wrist injury. His 41 snaps led the position group, but it was Njoku drawing the most targets (three), including one inside the red zone. As Njoku gets acclimated, he is expected to start games and receive the most playing time among Cleveland tight ends.
Carlson (ankle) was a full participant in Friday's practice, Scott Petrak of the Elyria Chronicle-Telegram reports.
Analysis: Carlson does not carry an injury designation for Sunday's contest against the Bengals. The 22-year-old is set for his usual depth role in Cleveland's tight end corps Week 14.
Carlson (ankle) was a limited participant in Wednesday's practice, Mary Kay Cabot of The Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.
Analysis: Carlson has recorded four receptions for 46 yards over the last three weeks, so if he's unable to play Sunday against the Bengals, it will mainly affect the team's run-blocking schemes. The 22-year-old still has two practice sessions to elevate to full capacity.
Carlson caught two of two targets for 28 yards in Sunday's 20-13 loss to Pittsburgh in Week 13.
Analysis: Carlson is on the target fringe for the Browns but needs to be considered when looking at a Cleveland tight end. Quarterback Baker Mayfield often looks to tight ends in the red zone, so Carlson, who has one red zone touchdown, is in the mix. How long he remains in the mix will depend on what the Browns do with David Njoku (wrist), who is designated to return from injured reserve and could be activated for Week 14 against the Bengals.
Carlson caught his lone target for eight yards in Sunday's 41-24 win over Miami in Week 12.
Analysis: Carlson, whose touchdown streak ended at one game, had one of four balls targeted to Cleveland tight ends as quarterback Baker Mayfield established chemistry with his main weapons, wide receivers Jarvis Lander and Odell Beckham. With David Njoku (wrist) expected to return for Week 13 against Pittsburgh, Carlson, who was promoted from training squad prior to Week 9, may be the odd man out.
Carlson caught his lone target for eight yards and a touchdown in Thursday's 21-7 win over the Steelers in Week 11.
Analysis: Carlson was promoted from the Browns' practice squad to the active roster for Week 9 after injuries hit the tight end grouping. He hasn't made much of an impact until Thursday's win, when he had his first target and catch. Quarterback Baker Mayfield has used his tight ends near the goal-line this season. Carlson became the fourth tight end to catch a red-zone touchdown, and the position group is tied with the wideouts for red-zone scores.
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