Gary Barnidge Fantasy News

Browns Beat: TE Connor Hamlett separating himself

Tuesday, August 2, 2016, 9:11pm

Ohio.com - [Full Article]

Browns tight ends coach Greg Seamon has dubbed the players he oversees “Gary and the kids.” And Connor Hamlett is separating himself from the other kids.

Pro Bowl tight end Gary Barnidge is a lock to start, but the prominent role of the No. 2 tight end in coach Hue Jackson’s offense is up for grabs. Hamlett, Seth DeValve, E.J. Bibbs, J.P. Holtz, David Reeves and Randall Telfer are the competitors. Bibbs is the only one who has appeared in an NFL regular-season game.

But Hamlett, a 6-foot-7, 259-pound Oregon State product, looks like he’s the one best prepared to make a leap in his career. After a stellar spring, he’s been among the most pleasant surprises for the Browns through their first five practices of training camp.

Fantasy Impact:

Barnidge hasn’t been participating in team drills during camp because he’s still working his way back from June 2 sports hernia surgery. Hamlett has thrived in Barnidge’s starting spot. Hamlett had some injuries in college and contemplated retiring from football. Barnidge was an age-30 breakout player who put up great numbers last year 79-1,043-9 on 125 targets. His short fantasy resume doesn't make him a safe pick. Hamlett's progress and Barnidge's current injury makes this a situation to pay attention to.

RGIII: Browns offense potential to be 'great'

Tuesday, August 2, 2016, 2:00pm

Cleveland.com - [Full Article]

Robert Griffin III is throwing to the likes of Corey Coleman, Terrelle Pryor, Gary Barnidge and Duke Johnson, and is starting to see the makings of a dynamic offense.

Before long, he'll be flinging it to his good friend and former Baylor teammate Josh Gordon, who will be back in a week or so from a quad injury.

"(We have) the potential to be great,'' Griffin said Tuesday at Browns training camp. "I think all 32 teams look at their roster and say, 'man, we got 'em.' And it's about the ones who grow together the best, come through training camp and get the best out of their season, and become gritty, win close games."

Fantasy Impact:

The addition of Gordon will certainly help this offense. But the key is RGIII and his ability to get everyone the ball, something he said he'll do his best as well as getting everyone to trust him. There are some questions are WR with Coleman in his first year and the ability of Gordon to get in game shape.

Friday, July 29, 2016, 3:19pm

Cleveland.com - [Full Article]

How Gary Barnidge and other tight ends are used during full team sessions is one of the more anticipated aspects of Hue Jackson's offense, which has always valued the tight end in the passing game.

"Every tight end is going to have to an opportunity to do everything. It's not going to be this guy does this and that guy does that," Barnidge said Friday prior to the team's first training camp practice. "Everybody will be moving around and that makes it tough for the defense."

Fantasy Impact:

Barnidge made things tough for defenses by himself last season. He caught 79 passes for 1,043 yards and nine touchdowns, earning a Pro Bowl invite. He had sports hernia surgery in June to deal with what he called wear and tear, but doesn't feel like he fell behind.

Gary Barnidge reports to camp

Monday, July 25, 2016, 2:42pm

Cleveland.com - [Full Article]

Browns TE Gary Barnidge, recovering from offseason surgery, arrived to camp early as expected.

"(Barnidge) had the best doctor and he will be back and ready to go at training camp,'' head coach Hue Jackson said at the team's golf outing last month after announcing that his tight end underwent sports hernia surgery. "I'm glad that we're dealing with this now, so that we can get it behind us and get him back to where he needs to be. And me knowing him, he'll be champing at the bit way before time, but we'll slow him down and make sure he's ready to go.''

Barnidge said that he hoped to be ready by the start of camp.

Fantasy Impact:

Barnidge had the rare age-30 breakout season, posting 79 catches for 1,043 yards and nine touchdowns on 125 targets. There are a lot of changes in Cleveland this year with a new head coach/offense and a new quarterback (Robert Griffin III), and given Barnidge's short fantasy resume, he's not a safe pick. But Tyler Eifert played well under Hue Jackson last year, so it's likely that Barnidge will be an integral part of the passing attack, especially considering the sorry state of the Cleveland receiving corps.

Browns TE Gary Barnidge undergoes sports hernia surgery

Thursday, June 2, 2016, 12:16pm

Scott Petrak - [Full Article]

Browns TE Gary Barnidge had sports hernia surgery this morning. Expected back for training camp.

Fantasy Impact:

Barnidge had the rare age-30 breakout season, posting 79 catches for 1,043 yards and nine touchdowns on 125 targets. There are a lot of changes in Cleveland this year with a new head coach/offense and a new quarterback (Robert Griffin III), and given Barnidge's short fantasy resume, he's not a safe pick. But Tyler Eifert played well under Hue Jackson, so it's likely that Barnidge will be an integral part of the passing attack, especially considering the sorry state of the Cleveland receiving corps.

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

Browns TE Gary Barnidge (ankle) took limited practice reps again Thursday. This is a new injury for Barnidge, but the limited early-week practice indicates that he’ll be active on Sunday.

Wednesday, December 9, 2015, 6:33pm

Browns TE Gary Barnidge (ankle) took limited practice reps Wednesday. This is a new injury for Barnidge, but the limited practice on Wednesday indicates that he’ll be active on Sunday.

Browns QB Austin Davis will start Week 13

Wednesday, December 2, 2015, 11:55am

Pro Football Talk - [Full Article]

The Browns just announced that Austin Davis will start for them Sunday at home against the Bengals, and that Manziel would be his backup.

“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.”

Related players: Johnny Manziel, Travis Benjamin, Brian Hartline, Gary Barnidge, Duke Johnson

Fantasy Impact:

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

Browns TE Gary Barnidge (ankle, probable) took full practice reps again Friday and is probable for Week 7. He has five touchdowns and 35 targets in the last four games.

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