Browns Elevate Alex Taylor, Kyle Markway From Practice Squad For Game Against Chiefs

Ahead of their game Sunday against the Kansas City Chiefs in the Divisional Round of the playoffs, the Cleveland Browns have activated offensive tackle Alex Taylor and tight end Kyle Markway from the practice squad.
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The Cleveland Browns announced on Saturday they were elevating two players from the practice squad for the Divisional Round of the playoffs against the Kansas City Chiefs - tight end Kyle Markway and offensive tackle Alex Taylor.

Right tackle Jack Conklin is questionable with a hamstring injury as are both tight ends David Njoku and Stephen Carlson, dealing with a hamstring and groin injury respectively.

The Browns would likely prefer they don't need to have either Markway or Taylor active on Sunday, but if any of those three players is unable to play, they have someone that can step in and provide additional depth.

Kendall Lamm is the team's swing tackle presently and did an admirable job against the Pittsburgh Steelers. If he has to start in place of Conklin, Taylor will become the swing man.

It's possible that Markway might be as high as third on the tight end depth chart, depending on how Njoku and Carlson fare. The Browns like to be able to utilize three tight ends to give themselves a size advantage against opponents and dictate personnel.

Particularly against the Chiefs, who aren't a particularly strong run defense, the Browns might want to utilize their size more often to run the football, which could force the defense out of its comfort zone. As with anything the Browns do, it's all about giving themselves options, additional avenues to put stress on a defense that has to prepare for quite a bit already.

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