Friday, December 11, 2015, 6:22pm
Browns TE Gary Barnidge (ankle, questionable) took limited practice reps all week and is questionable for Week 14. Barnidge is expected to play through the ankle injury. He hasn’t been as productive with Johnny Manziel under center, but two of Manziel’s four starts came before Barnidge’s breakout in Week 3. In Manziel’s last two starts, Barnidge has 15 targets (19.2% of Manziel’s pass attempts). He posted 8-100-1 combined in those two games.
Thursday, December 10, 2015, 6:31pm
Wednesday, December 9, 2015, 6:33pm
“Austin took advantage of his opportunity on Monday night. He was prepared, played well and put us in position to win,” Pettine said in a statement released by the team. “He’s been great in the quarterback room all season and he has earned the right to start on Sunday. We expect him to play well.”
Davis came in with under nine minutes remaining and completed 7/10 passes for 77 yards and a touchdown. His targets included Brian Hartline (5), Travis Benjamin (3), Duke Johnson (1) and Gary Barnidge (1). The touchdown was a 42-yarder to Benjamin, who caught two-of-three targets for 58 yards and a score. Hartline caught three-of-five targets for 28 yards.
Friday, November 27, 2015, 6:20pm
Browns QB Josh McCown (ribs) took full practice reps again Friday. McCown will start in a nice matchup with the Ravens. His return to the starting lineup is good news for Gary Barnidge and Duke Johnson. Travis Benjamin should see more targets as well.
Friday, November 13, 2015, 6:45pm
Browns QB Josh McCown (ribs, questionable) took limited practice reps all week and is questionable for Week 10. HC Mike Pettine said that McCown would start if he’s healthy enough to play and is active on Sunday, but he’s keeping the starter secret to maintain a competitive advantage. If he’s back under center, it would be an upgrade for the entire passing game, including Travis Benjamin, Gary Barnidge and Duke Johnson. Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer reported that Johnny Manziel is “likely to start” against the Steelers.
Thursday, November 12, 2015, 6:09pm
Browns QB Josh McCown (ribs) took limited practice reps again Thursday. HC Mike Pettine said that McCown would start if he’s healthy enough to play, and it looks like he’s moving in that direction. If he’s back under center, it would be an upgrade for the entire passing game, including Travis Benjamin, Gary Barnidge and Duke Johnson.
Wednesday, November 11, 2015, 6:46pm
Browns QB Josh McCown (ribs) took limited practice reps Wednesday. HC Mike Pettine said that McCown would start if he’s healthy enough to play, and it looks like he’s moving in that direction. If he’s back under center, it would be an upgrade for the entire passing game, including Travis Benjamin, Gary Barnidge and Duke Johnson.
Friday, October 30, 2015, 6:45pm
Browns QB Josh McCown (right shoulder, ribs, questionable) took limited practice reps again Friday and is questionable for Week 8. McCown is expected to start per ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler. This is great news for Duke Johnson and Gary Barnidge, who have both thrived with McCown under center.
Friday, October 23, 2015, 7:16pm
Thursday, October 22, 2015, 6:35pm
Browns TE Gary Barnidge (ankle) took full practice reps Thursday after being limited Wednesday. Barnidge should be able to play against the Rams. He has five touchdowns and 35 targets in the last four games.
Wednesday, October 21, 2015, 6:13pm
Four games into the 2015 season, and it’s already safe to say Gary Barnidge is having a career year.
Barnidge tied his career high in receptions for a second straight week and made the rounds on Vine, Twitter and other social media platforms with a highlight-reel catch that helped the Browns tie the score late in San Diego. His 1-yard touchdown catch with a little more than 2 minutes to play was his second in as many weeks and provided yet another example of his sure hands on a day in which he caught everything that was thrown in his direction.
Without Barnidge’s six catches for 75 yards and a touchdown, the Browns might not have been in a position to win the game with a few minutes left on the clock. Barnidge made all of his catches in the first and fourth quarters and every one of them came on Browns scoring drives. His 15-yarder on third-and-20 early in the fourth quarter came up short of the first down, but it made for a much more manageable 40-yard field goal attempt, which Travis Coons nailed, the story said. He's now on the fantasy radar as well, posting back-to-back huge statistical days with a total of 16 targets the last two weeks.
Monday, August 10, 2015, 5:40pm
This year, TE Jordan Cameron is in Miami and the Browns are piecing together a tight end group that includes returnees Gary Barnidge and Jim Dray along with newcomers Rob Housler, signed in free agency, and E.J. Bibbs, an undrafted rookie out of Iowa State, among others.
"Our group of tight ends all complement each other," Barnidge said after practice on Monday. "We all can do everything that we're asked to do."
The tight ends were busy on Monday. But some of the key plays were the deep passes that Barnidge caught. It was something that Cameron offered the offense when he was out on the field. Barnidge, Dray and Housler don't have the hands or the athletic ability of Cameron, but if they can stretch the field -- even just a little, it would be enormous for this passing attack.
Browns HC Mike Pettine broke the tight end group down this way: “We really have two different types of tight ends. The ‘Y’ is more the on the ball, blocker type where that’s [Jim Dray] and [Gary Barnidge]. The F is more of a move type, off the ball, more of a wing. You can flex him out some. Gary is kind of a ‘tweener.’ He can do both. We just like the depth in the room. We have three guys that they’re not identical skillsets there. There’s some overlap. Gary, like I said, is kind of both. Jim is more towards the ideal ‘Y,’ and [Rob Housler] is more the ideal ‘F.’”
Housler could be fantasy relevant if he sees starter snaps as a move tight end. He wasn’t given much to do in Bruce Arians’ offense while in Arizona, but he has a good skill set for a "move" tight end.
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