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TE Gary Barnidge - Cleveland Browns

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

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Week 7: at Cincinnati Bengals

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Mark and Joe say: Good matchup. Word has come down from the Browns coaching staff that Cody Kessler will stay in the saddle for the foreseeable future - he threw 26/41 for 336 yards passing, two TDs and zero interceptions at Tennessee last weekend, with six sacks taken for -36 yards. He's actually done a good job protecting the football with four passing scores and just one interception thrown so far this year (80/122 for 865 yards, four TDs and one interception over four appearances). With the team sitting at 0-6 they might as well find out what they've got in Kessler. Over the four games he's played, Kessler has targeted Terrelle Pryor the most (41 for 27/313/3 receiving), followed by Gary Barnidge (26 for 20/258/0), Ricardo Louis (23 for 13/146/0) and Andrew Hawkins (18 for 12/146/1). The Bengals got blasted for 29/35 yielding 358 net yards passing, three TDs and zero interceptions while sacking Tom Brady three times for -18 yards last weekend. Two weeks ago the Cincinnati pass defense allowed 18/24 for 222 net yards passing, one TD and zero interceptions to Dak Prescott - they are heading in the wrong direction in this phase of the game lately. Over the past three weeks, Cincinnati has averaged 21.7 fantasy points allowed per game to opposing quarterbacks (12th-most in the NFL); and 17.8 fantasy points per game allowed to wide receivers (fifth-least); with 10.7 fantasy points given up per game to tight ends (fourth-most). This looks like a decent matchup for Kessler and Barnidge - advantage, Cleveland.

Recent Stats and Projections

3 at MIA 82 5 66 0 0 6.6
4 at WAS 72 7 57 0 0 5.7
5 vs NE 61 5 76 0 0 7.6
6 at TEN 67 3 59 0 0 5.9
7 at CIN PROJ-Dodds * 4 * * * *
7 at CIN PROJ-Tremblay * 5 * * * *
7 at CIN PROJ-Bloom * 6 * * * *

Recent Game Summaries

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 officially active (Sun Oct 16, 12:28 PM) - Cleveland Browns TE Gary Barnidge (forearm, hip) is officially active for the team's Week 6 game.

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Browns | Gary Barnidge will play Sunday (Sun Oct 16, 09:22 AM) - Cleveland Browns TE Gary Barnidge (forearm, hip) will play in Week 6's game against the Tennessee Titans.

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Browns | Gary Barnidge questionable for Week 6 (Fri Oct 14, 07:14 PM) - Cleveland Browns TE Gary Barnidge (forearm, hip) was limited during practice Friday, Oct. 14, and is listed as questionable for Week 6.

Our View: Barnidge has been steady despite the numerous quarterback changes in Cleveland. He's a solid TE1 even with Cody Kessler at quarterback, but as long as Barnidge stays healthy, he'll be due for a boost in value with Josh McCown returns. McCown pushed him to elite TE1 numbers while he was in last year.

Browns | Gary Barnidge still limited (Thu Oct 13, 09:01 PM) - Cleveland Browns TE Gary Barnidge (forearm, hip) was a limited participant in practice Thursday, Oct. 13.

Our View: Barnidge should be good to go this weekend and we expect a solid TE1 day from him against Tennessee.
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Browns | Gary Barnidge limited (Wed Oct 12, 05:25 PM) - Cleveland Browns TE Gary Barnidge (forearm, hip) was limited during practice Wednesday, Oct. 12.

Our View: Against the Titans, Barnidge should put up low-end TE1 numbers.
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