Berea Exclusive: A Curious Tryout

The Browns tried out a player on Tuesday who might fit one of several different roles...

NFL sources tell the Orange and Brown Report that the Browns on Tuesday tried out tight end Clark Harris, a rookie out of Rutgers who was with the Green Bay Packers until late in their training camp. Clark as signed as a rookie free agent by the Packers this summer.

The Browns could be looking at Harris for one of any number of reasons. The team has looked at several pass-catching tight ends over the last twelve months, including difficult cuts earlier this year of TEs Buck Ortega and Ryan Krause. The team current is carrying Jonny Harline on their practice squad.

The tryout could indicate some concern about Kellen Winslow's shoulder, although head coach Romeo Crennel has said that the team is hopeful that Winslow will be able to play on Sunday.

Harris has some versatility, as he did some long-snapping at Rutgers as well, but there have been no suggestions that the Browns are interested finding a backup for LS Ryan Pontbriand.

At Rutgers, Harris was used primarily as a pass catcher, and was considered a potential back-up tight end prospect coming into the draft. Harris had a streak of 38 consecutive games with a catch at Rutgers, the third-longest such streak in Big East history.

Overall, Harris finished his Rutgers career with 143 catches for 2,015 yards over his four-year career, after red-shirting as a freshman, and was twice a first-team All-Big East selection. At 6-5, 265, with a 4.83 forty time at the combine, Harris certainly has NFL measureables, but most draft experts pegged him as a back-up TE in the NFL.

- Barry



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