Fighting for a spot
The chances that the Browns keep a sixth receiver are slim. Kevin Stefanski likes to use two tight ends more often than adding extra receivers, which means the following players could be on the outside looking in — unless they stand out on special teams.
The most experienced receiver behind the top three for Cleveland is Taywan Taylor. He was added in a trade ahead of the 2019 season but he played in just three games with only one pass target. Before joining Cleveland, he has 53 receptions for 697 yards and two touchdowns for the Tennessee Titans. He could be a darkhorse candidate to make the team now with a new coaching staff calling the shots.
Former Browns head coach Freddie Kitchens seemed to be a big fan of KhaDarel Hodge as he was often on the field last season. He ended up with just four receptions for 76 yards and is likely a long-shot to make the team this year.
In the 2019 preseason, D.J. Montgomery had 124 yards and a touchdown on five receptions. He was starting to turn heads but he still has yet to make it to the field in a regular-season game. That could be even more difficult in 2020 with no preseason games for him to show up in.
As mentioned above, any chance of the Browns going deep at receiver will hinge on how they perform on special teams. JoJo Natson is a perfect example of what that means.
Natson won’t make it as a wideout necessarily but his speed could be enticing in the return game. Cleveland has been atrocious in that department in recent years and adding a specialist could be in the cards in 2020.