The Cleveland Browns brought in previous Pittsburgh Steelers fifth-spherical choose Jesse James for a workout on Thursday as they look to beef up the limited conclusion posture.
James began 36 games for the Steelers from 2015-18, notching 120 catches for 1,189 yards and nine touchdowns. Following playing out his rookie deal, James went on to ink a nutritious 4-year, $22.6 million deal with the Lions in 2019 but was produced following two uneventful seasons. He notched just 30 catches for 271 yards and two touchdowns though in Detroit. He used previous period with the Bears, beginning nine online games but catching just seven balls.
The Browns presently have just two limited finishes on their 53-gentleman roster in David Njoku and Harrison Bryant. Cleveland parted ways with Austin Hooper in the offseason soon after inking him to a significant cost-free agent offer in 2020, opening the doorway for Njoku to consider in excess of the TE1 place.
Even though Njoku and Bryant will have substantial areas to play, the Browns have a extremely limited-close-welcoming procedure and could capitalize on a third tight close getting on the 53-person roster. Head coach Kevin Stefanski — who is also the offensive enjoy caller — used numerous limited finishes 57 p.c of the time, which was a league-large. That could possibly improve after Deshaun Watson returns to the lineup next his 11-game suspension, but the Browns will count far more on their floor and pound attach with Jacoby Brissett holding down the setting up QB location.
James is much from a pure blocking limited close but he has a large frame at 6-foot-7, 261 kilos and has been respectable at both run and pass blocking all through his job, particularly early on with the Steelers.