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TE Gary Barnidge - Cleveland Browns

6-6, 243Born: 9-22-1985College: LouisvilleDrafted: Round 5

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Recent Stats and Projections

9 vs DAL 44 3 23 0 0 2.3
10 at BAL 39 1 8 0 0 0.8
11 vs PIT 60 2 23 1 0 8.3
12 vs NYG 57 1 11 0 0 1.1

Recent Game Summaries

2016 Week 12 vs NYG (3 / 1 / 11 / 0 rec)

Barnidge's only catch came on the first drive of the game. He lined up split out wide right on the play and hauled in an 11-yard pass for a first down. He had a few more chances to tack on yardage in the game, but his quarterback's inaccuracy held him down. In the second quarter he was wide open on the left side of the field after finding a hole in the Giants' zone, but Josh McCown missed him badly on the pass. McCown later threw behind a diving Barnidge, leaving the tight end with just one catch on the afternoon and no red zone work yet again.

2016 Week 11 vs PIT (5 / 2 / 23 / 1 rec)

Barnidge finally found his way into the end zone, his first score all season. Not surprisingly the touchdown pass came from the hands of Josh McCown, who has shown a great rapport with Barnidge. The score came on a 14-yard strike down the middle of the field where Barnidge leaped and hauled in a perfectly thrown pass. Barnidge did have what would have been a five-yard catch nullified by a penalty by the Steelers. It appears the Browns are in no hurry to rush Kessler back following his second concussion, meaning Barnidge's stock could be on the rise if McCown is announced as the Week 12 starter.

2016 Week 10 vs BAL (4 / 1 / 8 / 0 rec)

Barnidge earned the game's first target on a short route, but the throw from Cody Kessler was high and uncatchable. Barnidge was quiet for most of the game until Josh McCown found him for an eight-yard gain in garbage time in the fourth quarter. Barnidge simply hasn't been a major part of the Browns' offensive plans and the ineptness of the offense lately hasn't done much to help him.

2016 Week 9 vs DAL (3 / 3 / 23 / 0 rec)

Barnidge was quiet with Cody Kessler back under center. The big tight end did most of his damage in the middle of the field, but was not utilized in the red zone yet again. The lack of red zone work has really damaged Barnidge's fantasy stock. He did have a nice catch-and-run on a short screen in the first quarter which he turned into a nine-yard gain. He was brought down just short of the first down marker on the play.

2016 Week 8 vs NYJ (7 / 3 / 42 / 0 rec)

Barnidge came really close to scoring his first touchdown of the season on two separate occasions. He started off the game with a fantastic diving catch down the seam on a play which went for 32 yards. He later saw an end zone target in the second quarter on a perfect pass. He was held by the defender for basically the entire route, resulting in a pass interference penalty on the defense which set the Browns up at the one yard line. Barnidge was very busy in the fourth quarter, seeing another end zone target from Josh McCown, but the pass was uncatchable. On the team's final drive he came close to scoring yet again as he caught a pass in the end zone, but he couldn't get both feet down in bounds. Barnidge's stock is highest with McCown under center as this was one of his busiest games in the red zone this season.

2016 Week 7 vs CIN (7 / 6 / 66 / 0 rec)

Barnidge was the Browns' leading receiver and continued to do his damage in the middle of the field for Cleveland. He did see a red zone target when he was the recipient of a shovel pass from Cody Kessler. Barnidge was able to bring the ball down to the Bengals' five yard line on the play. Kevin Hogan appeared to lock onto Barnidge on several plays, which could bode well for the tight end's usage if Cody Kessler is not ready to return in Week 8.

2016 Week 6 vs TEN (5 / 3 / 59 / 0 rec)

Barnidge started off the game with a bang, hauling in Cody Kessler's first pass for a 43-yard gain. He was very quiet after that, however, catching just two more passes. Barnidge continues to lose goal line work to Terrelle Pyror and it doesn't look like that's going to change any time soon.

2016 Week 5 vs NE (8 / 5 / 76 / 0 rec)

Barnidge was busy in this game, but he struggled with drops and saw his red zone work vultured by rookie tight end Connor Hamlett. Barnidge's best play came on a 31-yard catch and run up the seam which put the Browns in scoring position. The big tight end had one ball jarred loose by a big hit and later dropped what would have been around a five-yard pickup. The rookie Hamlett had a red zone target which was nullified by an offensive holding penalty and came back on the next play to catch a 17-yard touchdown pass from Charlie Whitehurst.

2016 Week 4 vs WAS (7 / 7 / 57 / 0 rec)

Barnidge had his busiest day of the season and it appears he will continue to see an increased workload with Kessler under center. The big tight end hauled in all seven of his targets, although three of his seven catches came on the Browns' final drive of the game, with Washington playing prevent defense. The main concern here is that Barnidge has only seen one red zone target all season after proving to be a useful weapon in that part of the field in 2015.

2016 Week 3 vs MIA (6 / 5 / 66 / 0 rec)

Barnidge found himself wide open in the middle of the field several times against the Dolphins. He did most of his damage in the middle of the field and made his trademarked one-handed catch on his second grab of the game. He saw a five-yard catch erased by a holding penalty on the Browns' last drive of the game. Still not much red zone action for Barnidge, but he has been incrementally more involved with each passing week.

2016 Week 2 vs BAL (5 / 4 / 37 / 0 rec)

Barnidge saw an increased role with McCown under center, but still didn't do much in the game. He didn't play a big part in the red zone and did most of his work on short and intermediate routes in the middle of the field.

2016 Week 1 vs PHI (2 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

The normally sure-handed Barnidge dropped two passes in the first half of the game and was not targeted again. The first drop was a very easy ball to catch. The Browns struggled to complete passes that were in the middle of the field which did not help Barnidge's cause.


Latest News

Browns | Gary Barnidge tweaked knee (Mon Nov 28, 06:40 PM) - Cleveland Browns TE Gary Barnidge (knee) tweaked his knee in Week 12 and was limited in his snaps, according to head coach Hue Jackson.

Our View: Good thing the Browns have a bye in Week 13. That should give Barnidge enough time to rest his knee and heal up.
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Browns | Just one grab for Gary Barnidge (Sun Nov 27, 11:33 PM) - Cleveland Browns TE Gary Barnidge managed just one reception for 11 yards on three targets in the Week 12 game against the New York Giants.

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Browns | Gary Barnidge finds end zone (Sun Nov 20, 05:26 PM) - Cleveland Browns TE Gary Barnidge caught two passes for 23 yards and one touchdown against the Pittsburgh Steelers in Week 11.

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