Former Tennessee Vols kick returner Evan Berry was recently extended an opportunity in the NFL by the Cleveland Browns.
When the Browns signed Berry as an undrafted free agent at the conclusion of the NFL draft, the immediate question from fans, and analysts, was “what position are they signing him to play?”.
We now have an answer.
Cleveland reportedly signed Berry as a wide receiver.
The Cleveland Browns have officially signed former Vol Evan Berry as a wide receiver.
— Allan Bell, Jr. (@AllanBell247) May 4, 2018
Berry worked out as a wide receiver at Tennessee’s pro-day in March.
During Berry’s time at Tennessee, he was one of the most electric players on the field.
But aside from some action at safety, nearly all of Berry’s impact came as a kick returner.
Despite being hampered by injuries during his junior and senior years, Berry managed to return five kickoffs for touchdowns during his career on Rocky Top.
He also regularly gave the Vols’ excellent field position with his dynamic returns.
As a result, Vol fans often wondered why former UT head coach Butch Jones didn’t find creative ways to get Berry the ball in his hands more often.
Getting the ball to Berry in space as a wide receiver (via a screen pass or even a jet sweep, a la Cordarrelle Patterson) seems, in retrospect, like it would’ve been a wise decision.
I’m sure Berry’s impact in the NFL will come mainly as a kick returner. And he probably won’t see a ton of action at wide receiver. But it will still be interesting to see if/how the Browns decide to use the former Vol standout on offense.
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