Seth DeValve learns something new every day.
The Browns’ rookie tight end last week described this season as one of constant growth and development.
“Progress,” he said. “There’s a process to everything that we do.”
With a month left in the season, it’s an approach that’s starting to turn into production as the former Princeton standout continues to see his role increase. Perhaps his most meaningful game came when he caught three passes for 39 yards against the Giants two weeks ago and played 20-of-58 offensive snaps in lieu of an injured Gary Barnidge. Before that, he netted his first touchdown — a 25-yard catch — against a tough Ravens defense in Baltimore last month.
DeValve had to learn the ins and outs of playing tight end. The 6-foot-2, 245-pound player was mostly used as a slot receiver or wing back at Princeton. But his athleticism and knack for the ball intrigued the Browns, who viewed him as a potential mismatch for opposing defenses. His blocking is also coming along, according to the story. At the very least, he's a name to keep an eye on for next fantasy season.
Friday, November 25, 2016, 6:43pm
Browns QB Cody Kessler (concussion, out) missed practice all week and is out for Week 12. Josh McCown gets the start this week against the Giants. That’s good news for Gary Barnidge, who has produced at a higher rate with McCown at quarterback.
Friday, November 4, 2016, 6:47pm
Browns QB Cody Kessler (concussion) took full practice reps all week. Kessler will start Week 9. There were three games this season in which Kessler attempted 30 or more passes. In those games, Duke Johnson has averaged 5.0 catches, so he's a safe play in PPR formats. Over the past two years, Gary Barnidge's yardage with and without Kessler are about the same, though he hasn't been the same factor in the red zone this season. Terrelle Pryor has averaged 7.3 catches for 88 yards and 1.0 touchdown in three full games with Kessler, so no problems there. Corey Coleman played mostly with Robert Griffin III early in the season, so he's something of a wild card.
Browns coach Hue Jackson announced Friday he chose Kessler over veteran Josh McCown.
Jackson said the Browns need to find out whether Kessler can be their quarterback of the future. They're armed with two first-round picks in next year's draft.
"That's a fair assessment because that's why he's playing because I need to know," Jackson said. "I don't want to just say if he does great that doesn't mean that we're not going to draft a quarterback because I think you've got to always have quarterbacks. You've got to keep taking shots until you have the guy that you feel is going to do what you need done."
There were three games this season in which Kessler attempted 30 or more passes. In those games, Duke Johnson has averaged 5.0 catches, so he's a safe play in PPR formats. Over the past two years, Gary Barnidge's yardage with and without Kessler are about the same, though he hasn't been the same factor in the red zone this season. Terrelle Pryor has averaged 7.3 catches for 88 yards and 1.0 touchdown in three full games with Kessler, so no problems there. Corey Coleman played mostly with Robert Griffin III early in the season, so he's something of a wild card.
Friday, October 28, 2016, 6:30pm
Browns QB Josh McCown (left shoulder) took full practice reps all week. McCown will start in Week 8. It’s an upgrade for Gary Barnidge, who averaged 5.8 catches for 80 yards and 0.75 TD in the eight games McCown played last year. Barnidge posted 4-37 on five targets in McCown’s lone game this year. Duke Johnson also gets a bump after catching 4.8 passes for 44 yards with McCown last year. He caught 4-44 (5) in McCown’s one start earlier this year. Terrelle Pryor was targeted 10 times by McCown in that game, catching three passes for 32 yards.
Kessler was checked on the sidelines for a concussion and was diagnosed with one after jogging clear across the field to the locker room. Based on his long jog to the locker room, the concussion is not severe, but he's in the concussion protocol and must be cleared by an independent neurologist. As the evening wore on, he felt good and was already looking ahead to the Jets game, the story all said.
Cody Kessler, the Browns’ third starting quarterback this season, was knocked out of Sunday’s game with a concussion. He was stepping up in the pocket and right after delivering a backhanded flip to tight end Gary Barnidge, he was hit from the side by Cincinnati Bengals defensive tackle Domata Peko.
Kessler had a hard time getting up, then was taken out of the game and back to the locker room. The team said he was being evaluated for a concussion, then ruled him out shortly after.
Friday, October 14, 2016, 6:25pm
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Wednesday, October 12, 2016, 6:42pm
The injury is undisclosed at this point.
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.
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."
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
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."
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.
"(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.
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.
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