Stephen Carlson

Stephen Carlson

Tight End #84
Team: Cleveland Browns
Ht / Wt:6'4" / 230 lb.
Drafted:2019 / UDFA

Stephen Carlson: Tendered rights

The Browns tendered exclusive rights with Carlson on Friday, Nate Ulrich of the Akron Beacon Journal reports.

Analysis: Carlson entered the offseason as an exclusive rights free agent and will now stay in Cleveland. Through his two seasons with the team, the tight end has caught six of his nine targets for 62 yards and one touchdown.

March 5, 2021 12:04 PM EST

Stephen Carlson: Unused on offense in playoff loss

Carlson was active but did not play an offensive snap in Sunday's 22-17 playoff loss to the Chiefs.

Analysis: Carlson had just one catch, two targets and 11 receiving yards during the regular season, serving has the fourth tight end. With the top three tight ends under contract for 2021, Carlson will play a similar role should Cleveland bring him back. He becomes an exclusive rights free agent during the offseason.

January 18, 2021 6:03 AM EST

Stephen Carlson: Gearing up Sunday

Carlson (groin) will play in Sunday's AFC divisional round against the Chiefs.

Analysis: Austin Hooper, Harrison Bryant and David Njoku are all healthy for Sunday's playoff game, so Carlson will mainly contribute on special teams.

January 17, 2021 10:50 AM EST

Stephen Carlson: Questionable for Sunday

Carlson (groin) did not practice Friday and is questionable for Sunday's AFC divisional-round game against the Chiefs, Scott Petrak of the Elyria Chronicle-Telegram reports.

Analysis: Carlson appears truly iffy for Sunday's game, but his presence likely won't impact Cleveland's offense one way or another. He saw just two targets through 16 regular-season games in 2020, and both Austin Hooper and Harrison Bryant are set for Sunday while No.3 tight end David Njoku (hamstring) is questionable.

January 15, 2021 12:17 PM EST

Stephen Carlson: Makes first catch

Carlson caught his lone target for 11 yards in Sunday's 27-25 win over Jacksonville.

Analysis: Carlson is the seldom-used fourth tight end on the Browns' roster. The catch was his first of the season and the target just his second.

November 30, 2020 6:24 AM EST

Stephen Carlson: Moves up depth chart

Carlson is expected to receive more playing time with David Njoku (knee) on injured reserve, Nate Ulrich of the Akron Beacon Journal reports.

Analysis: Carlson played just 12 snaps (16 percent) and had one target in the season-opening loss to the Ravens, but moves up to third on the depth chart behind Austin Hooper and Harrison Bryant. He broadly fits into the category of blocking tight end, but quarterback Baker Mayfield has used tight ends as red-zone scoring options.

September 15, 2020 5:55 AM EST

Stephen Carlson: No targets in finale

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.

December 31, 2019 9:56 AM EST

Stephen Carlson: Leads TEs in snaps

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.

December 9, 2019 3:38 AM EST

Stephen Carlson: Upgrades to full practice

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.

December 6, 2019 12:05 PM EST

Stephen Carlson: Practice status limited

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.

December 4, 2019 12:44 PM EST

Stephen Carlson: Two catches in loss

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.

December 2, 2019 5:26 AM EST

Stephen Carlson: Catches one ball in win

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.

November 25, 2019 4:43 AM EST

Stephen Carlson: Finds endzone in win

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.

November 15, 2019 3:56 AM EST

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