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(11:35 PM) JHS Grad Stephen Carlson Catches Touchdown For First NFL Catch

Cleveland Browns tight end Stephen Carlson (89) expects to be active for the second straight week when the Browns host Buffalo on Sunday. Photo by Jamie Schwaberow

Jamestown High School graduate Stephen Carlson has his first NFL catch, an 8-yard touchdown from Cleveland Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield in the fourth quarter of tonight’s game against the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Cleveland defeated Pittsburgh, 21-7, with Carlson’s touchdown grab providing the final margin of victory.

Carlson’s catch is already making news in the Cleveland area. WKYC in Cleveland quickly posted a story titled, Watch: Browns’ Stephen Carlson makes crazy TD catch vs. Steelers” that includes this quip from author Ben Axelrod: “When the Cleveland Browns’ 2019 season started, there were plenty of candidates capable of make the team’s best catch of the year: Odell Beckham Jr., Jarvis Landry, Rashard Higgins and David Njoku. What wasn’t expected, however, was that Stephen Carlson would not only make his case, but do so with a touchdown catch to potentially seal a win over the Pittsburgh Steelers.”

Website 12UP.com posted the video of Carlson’s catch with this headline, “VIDEO: Browns Ice Game Thanks to Ridiculous Catch by Stephen Carlson After Baker Mayfield Scramble” while News5Cleveland.com said this, “You might not have heard of him before but Browns’ tight end Stephen Carlson has officially made a name for himself during Thursday night’s game against the Steelers.”

Carlson was a two-time first-team all-state player his junior and senior seasons at Jamestown High School. In his final season as a Tiger, Carlson had 51 receptions for 683 yards and five touchdowns. For his career, he recorded 125 catches for 1,632 yards and 16 TDs. Carlson was undrafted in the NFL draft in April, but 6-foot-4, 240-pound tight end was signed as a priority undrafted free agent by the Cleveland Browns.