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Tuesday, August 2, 2016, 9:11pm
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.
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.
Posted by Jordan Heck
Thursday, September 22, 2016 - 8:48pm
Week 3 at Miami
After posting a goose egg in Week 1, Gary Barnidge bounced back with a 4-for-37 effort in Week 2. It wasn't a great performance, but at least it was something. Now, he'll play with rookie quarterback Cody Kessler and could become a safety net considering the lack of depth at the receiver position.
We're not in love with Barnidge this week, but there's enough to like about him to make him a low-end TE1 play.
2016 Strength of Schedule - CLE
Schedule difficulty based on schedule-adjusted, positional defensive ranking. Top DEF = 1, bottom DEF = 32.
2016 Game Stats
|Per game||3.00||34.33||0||4.33||11.44||0||0||0||0||0.00||64.67/65.33||98.82% |