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.
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.
Friday, October 31, 2014, 5:43pm
Browns TE Jordan Cameron (concussion, out) missed practice all week and is out for Week 9. Jim Dray and Gary Barnridge will hold down the fort while Cameron recovers. This is his third concussion in two years, so the team will proceed with caution.
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.
Given the off-season emphasis and the recent history of success in Kyle Shanahan's schemes, I'm ready for my first bold prediction of 2014: The Browns will finish among the league's top third in rushing yards and attempts. They were bottom five in each category a year ago.
From drafting a mobile quarterback to adding three running backs to upgrading the offensive line to changing the blocking schemes, there seems a strong commitment to running the ball.
They acquired top free agent Ben Tate, traded up to snare Towson's Terrence West in the third round and signed Alabama State's Isaiah Crowell as an undrafted free agent. They also have Dion Lewis returning from a broken leg suffered last preseason and Baker, who was the team's most effective runner at the end of 2013.
Beyond buoying the backfield, they used a second-round pick to draft a nasty guard in Joel Bitonio, and added another blocking tight end in Jim Dray.
Shanahan's Redskins threw it 57.4% of the time in 2013 after posting a 46.0% mark in 2012. The main reason for the shift to a pass-heavy offense was that the Redskins trailed most of the year. Robert Griffin III's inability to run while recovering from ACL surgery was also a factor. The Browns are likely to go run-heavy, especially if Josh Gordon is suspended as expected. Unfortunately, the score may dictate that the team has to throw the ball more than they want to.
Friday, December 13, 2013, 6:49pm
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Thursday, December 5, 2013, 6:39pm
Wednesday, October 16, 2013, 6:41pm
Friday, November 2, 2012, 7:13pm
Thursday, November 1, 2012, 7:45pm
San Francisco 49ers
T Joe Staley (illness)
QB Kevin Kolb (ribs)
CB Gregory Toler (hamstring)
S James Sanders (knee), CB Michael Adams (hamstring), DE Calais Campbell (quad), LB Quentin Groves (hamstring), LB Paris Lenon (ankle), LB O’Brien Schofield (knee), QB John Skelton (ankle), LB Reggie Walker (head)
Gore says he’ll play Monday night as the pain in his ribs has “lessened a lot.” He has a good matchup against an Arizona defense that allowed Adrian Peterson to rush for 153 yards and one touchdown on 23 carries in Week 7. The Cardinals also surrendered scores to running backs C.J. Spiller and Fred Jackson in Week 6. Gore practiced all week and is our No. 12th ranked running back for Week 8.
Friday, October 26, 2012, 7:32pm
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