3 Offensive position battles to watch at Browns training camp

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Dec 12, 2021; Cleveland, Ohio, USA; Cleveland Browns tight end Miller Forristall (86) warms up before the game between the Browns and the Baltimore Ravens at FirstEnergy Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports /

2. Tight end No. 3

Kevin Stefanski has always been known for his appreciation of tight ends. There’s this belief that he won’t use them as much with Deshaun Watson as the quarterback, but that might not be 100 percent accurate. There’s sure to be plenty of opportunities for sets with multiple tight ends, and with Andy Janovich now in Houston, they could look to even run without a fullback and use one of their tight ends in an H-back role.

The question now is who is going to be that third tight end. David Njoku and Harrison Bryant are firmly set as No. 1 and No. 2 but beyond that, anything goes.

Cleveland currently has just two players who have suited up during a regular-season game competing for that spot — Miller Forristall and Nakia Griffin-Stewart. Forristall played in two games for the Browns in 2021 and recorded two tackles on special teams but never did anything on offense. Griffen-Stewart made two appearances for the Kansas City Chiefs last season and had no stats in those games.

Beyond them is physical freak Zaire Mitchell-Paden and former basketball player Marcus Santos-Silva. There’s a ton of raw talent in the group but someone is going to have to show they can handle the position.

Right now, it’s hard to know who the favorite is but with Forristall having time with this coaching staff, it could be him. Still, the door is wide open for anyone else to run through it — and don’t throw out the idea of Johnny Stanton moving to a fullback/third tight end role as well. He spent time as a tight end in the preseason last year and would fill two spots if chosen.