Cleveland Browns: 3 unheralded players who will make an impact
3. Demetrius Harris, Tight End
In 2018, the Browns had tight end Darren Fells on the roster. He was considered No. 2 at the position but still started 11 games — although he was used primarily as a blocker. That doesn’t mean he was never utilized in the passing game as Fells finished his first season in Cleveland with 11 receptions for 117 yards and three touchdowns — including being the player on the receiving end of Baker Mayfield’s first-career touchdown pass.
However, Fells was released in the offseason and promptly replaced with free agent Demetrius Harris. The arrival of Harris is less than surprising as he was originally signed as an undrafted free agent by John Dorsey in 2013 while he was running the Kansas City Chiefs. Dorsey has shown an affinity for bringing his guys to Cleveland and Harris comes in with a clear role.
Like Fells, he’s going to be asked to block often — which is something he does well. According to Pro Football Focus (Subscription Required), he graded out at 73.6 in pass blocking for Kansas City last season and received a 72 in run blocking — which towered over his 53.7 grade in receiving.
That doesn’t mean Harris is incapable of making plays in the passing game. His numbers were similar to what Fells did last year, as he had 12 receptions for 164 yards and three touchdowns for the Chiefs.
While he won’t be asked to do a lot, his ability to assist in the blocking department while also keeping defenses honest when they forget about him as a route runner will come into play during the regular season.
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