The Cleveland Browns have been looking for a third string TE ever since rosters shrunk to 53 last week. They finally addressed that issue by signing 8 year veteran, Jesse James on Sunday.
A signing such as Jesse James does not boost a team into contention, but is a solid addition nonetheless. Browns’ fans were speculating that the team would bring in OJ Howard for that role; however, they opt for the Penn State product.
A former Pittsburgh Steeler, Detroit Lion, and Chicago Bear; James has seen plenty of action in the NFL. His stats don’t wow you with 157 catches for 1522 yards and 12 TDs, but he will be a knowledgable veteran presence in the Cleveland locker room.
This signing does not threaten the starting status of David Njoku nor the backup job of Harrison Bryant. It instead offers the Browns some much needed depth at a position they utilize quite heavily. Being a run heavy team means TEs will be used frequently in blocking settings. James has proven to be a valuable blocker in his career. Therefore, expect Kevin Stefanski to be more than willing to have 3 TE sets on the field this season.
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