5. Devon Cajuste, TE
Back in 2018, the Browns were featured on the HBO series ‘Hard Knocks’. Their team was followed by camera crews throughout their training camp and preseason which allowed fans to get an up-close and personal look at some of the fringe players trying to secure a job. This has always been one of the best parts of the annual show as fans connect with these players and root hard for them to make the cut.
One such player for the Browns that season was tight end Devon Cajuste. The Stanford product was undrafted in 2016 and spent time with the San Francisco 49ers and Green Bay Packers that season. He then missed the entire 2017 campaign before being given his chance with the Browns.
While fighting for a job, Cajuste won fans over as HBO followed the close relationship between him and his father who had several heart surgeries and desired nothing more than to see his son make it into the NFL.
Cajuste’s game centered around his ability as a receiver as he showed off his speed and soft hands whenever he was on the field. However, it was his blocking that really held him back — and he did struggle with durability as he found himself banged up often.
In all, he had five receptions for 101 yards in the 2018 preseason which was good for 20.2 yards per catch. That had fans wanting him to make the team but in the end that didn’t happen as Cajuste was one of the final cuts. He never ended up making it to the pros and in 2019 said he was retiring from football to pursue spiritual healing and crystals.