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.
Housler, 27, recorded 84 catches and 871 yards from 2012 through 2013, but he saw limited targets in 15 games for the Arizona Cardinals last season, with only nine receptions and 129 yards.
Housler has one career touchdown in 55 games. He has elite speed for his position, recording a 4.46-second 40-yard dash at the 2011 NFL combine, helping him secure a third-round selection in that year's draft.
The Browns were in need of help at the position after Jordan Cameron signed a two-year deal with the Miami Dolphins earlier this offseason. The Browns' current depth chart at tight end also includes Jim Dray and Gary Barnidge, who combined for 30 catches and 398 yards and zero touchdowns, so Housler has a chance to emerge as the team's TE1. This isn't likely to make him a fantasy starter, however.
Friday, December 5, 2014, 6:38pm
Browns TE Gary Barnidge (rib, out) missed practice all week and is out for Week 14. Jim Dray would likely draw the most work if Jordan Cameron is also out.
Thursday, December 4, 2014, 5:59pm
Browns TE Gary Barnidge (rib) missed practice again Thursday.
Wednesday, December 3, 2014, 6:30pm
Browns TE Gary Barnidge (rib) did not practice Wednesday.
Tuesday, September 9, 2014, 6:07pm
With Pro Bowl tight end Jordan Cameron dealing with an injured shoulder, the Browns swiped tight end Gerell Robinson away from the practice squad of the Denver Broncos and signed him to their active roster Tuesday.
Friday, September 6, 2013, 6:25pm
Thursday, September 5, 2013, 6:42pm
Browns HC Rob Chudzinski and OC Norv Turner know tight ends, with Chud having played the position at the University of Miami and the two of them coaching Pro Bowlers Antonio Gates and Kellen Winslow. They've identified Jordan Cameron as their starter for 2013, with Kellen Davis and Gary Barnidge playing reserve roles. Expect Cameron to take a big step this year and have plenty of production in this tight-end friendly offense.
If he starts, Cameron will be a sleeper in Norv Turner's TE-friendly offense, though he'll need to improve his 47.6% Catch % (2nd-lowest among TEs with at least 36 targets).
Sunday, December 5, 2010, 3:27pm
Thursday, September 2, 2010, 9:08am
A look at the Carolina Panthers tight ends:
This has been the lineup since day one, with injury the only thing changing it. Gives them a nice group of tight ends with complementary skills, but King’s clearly the lead dog in this pack.
Friday, November 6, 2009, 6:19pm
Thursday, November 5, 2009, 6:12pm
Panthers TE Dante Rosario (knee) sat out practice again Thursday and does not look likely for Sunday. Gary Barnidge and Jeff King will see extra action if Rosario can't go, but neither are viable fantasy options in Carolina.
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