Rob Housler, TE Cleveland Browns

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Monday, August 10, 2015, 5:40pm

Cleveland.com - [Full Article]

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.

Scouting Report

After the Cleveland Browns let talented yet injury-prone tight end Jordan Cameron sign with the Miami Dolphins, they signed Rob Housler to help fill the void. The athletic Housler has been viewed as a player with potential, but was recently stuck in an Arizona system regarded as being unfriendly to tight ends. Can Housler give a fledgling Cleveland passing game a shot in the arm?

2015 Upside
Two of the other prominent tight ends on the Cleveland roster, Gary Barnidge and Jim “Doctor” Dray, are role players. Dray's largely a blocker and Barnidge, who was drafted back in 2008 by Carolina, has just 44 career receptions. The Browns have some quantity at wide receiver, but the quality is questionable. And although the Browns want a run-dominated offense, the early struggles of their young running backs and the fact they will be regularly playing from behind may dictate more passing.

2015 Downside
Houlser's head coach for the last two seasons in Arizona was highly-regarded Bruce Arians and it is true that tight ends in his scheme focus more on blocking than receiving. However, when Arians was offensive coordinator of the Steelers in 2009, Heath Miller caught 76 passes and scored six touchdowns. The odds are quite good Arians did not believe in Housler. You have to figure Arians would have made some adjustments to incorporate Houlser into the offense if he thought he was a special talent or even merely a good one, as Miller is not a superstar. And there are signs the Browns may already be losing faith in Housler. He was third on their initial depth chart and there have been hints he may be cut down before the regular season starts. Maybe Housler can right the ship, but even if he does, Cleveland's quarterback situation is troublesome. And in four NFL seasons, Housler has just one touchdown.

Bottom Line
Housler is undraftable. At best, he will be worth claiming off waivers in deeper leagues later in the season.

2015 Strength of Schedule - CLE
W1W2W3W4W5W6W7W8W9W10W11W12W13W14W15W16W17
27
@NYJ
25
TEN
20
OAK
4
@SD
12
@BAL
22
DEN
6
@STL
30
ARI
13
@CIN
24
@PIT
BYE12
BAL
13
CIN
21
SF
18
@SEA
7
@KC
24
PIT

Schedule difficulty based on schedule-adjusted, positional defensive ranking. Top DEF = 1, bottom DEF = 32.

2014 Game Stats
WeekOppRecRecYdsRecTDTgtsYPCRuAttRuYdsRuTDFumYPRSnaps%
1SD1160316.000000-20/7029%
2NYG0000-0000-25/6837%
3SF------------
4BYE------------
5DEN0001-0000-11/5819%
6WAS215037.500000-31/7044%
7OAK17017.000000-29/7638%
8PHI0001-0000-21/7030%
9DAL0000-0000-26/6739%
10STL1110211.000000-17/6626%
11DET1270127.000000-15/6224%
12SEA0001-0000-22/5441%
13ATL0000-0000-13/5524%
14KC1200120.000000-21/6930%
15STL0000-11001.0019/6828%
16SEA1130113.000000-20/6929%
17SF1200220.000000-30/7043%
Totals912901714.3311001.00320/99232%

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