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TE Gary Barnidge - Cleveland Browns

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

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WEEKOPPoSNAPRECYDTDFumLPts
17 vs PIT 79 8 66 0 0 6.6

Recent Game Summaries

2015 Week 17 vs PIT (13 / 8 / 66 / 0 rec)

Barnidge was Cleveland's leading receiver, acting as a safety valve for Austin Davis on short-to-intermediate throws. He was sure-handed and fought for extra yardage, like usual. His first catch came on a fourth down in the middle of the field, short of a first down. He saw an end zone target while double covered in third quarter, but the ball was thrown too high.

2015 Week 16 vs KC (8 / 3 / 47 / 0 rec)

Barnidge had a slow day at the office, pulling in just three passes. He should have had a bigger game, but he was victimized by Manziel's inaccuracy. Manziel had him open several times throughout the game where an accurate throw would have led to a reception, but he kept missing high or behind the big tight end. Manziel overthrew a wide open Barnidge on his first pass of the game. The play would have easily gone for 40 yards and maybe more. In the second half, Barnidge saw a target at Kansas City's two yard line, but he was unable to get to the spot that the ball was thrown to. It appeared he was grabbed by a defender around the 12 yard line, but no penalty was called. There's a good chance he would have scored a touchdown if not for being held during the route.

2015 Week 15 vs SEA (4 / 3 / 29 / 1 rec)

Barnidge was not utilized as heavily in this game, but he did what he does best which is score in the red zone. He pulled in a seven-yard strike from Manziel after boxing out his defender in the end zone. He also made a big play in the third quarter on third-and-long, catching a pass a yard short of the first down marker and pulling his defender forward to move the chains.

2015 Week 14 vs SF (7 / 5 / 84 / 1 rec)

Barnidge scored yet another red zone touchdown for the Browns and will continue to be their top red zone threat no matter who is playing quarterback. He showed good chemistry with Manziel on his first catch of the game. Manziel had been scrambling to his right and Barnidge was able to get behind his defender for a 30-yard gain. Barnidge could have had a touchdown in the second quarter, as he was open coming across the end zone, but Manziel threw the ball at his feet. Manziel did not see Barnidge wide open down the seam in the second quarter, opting to throw a poor pass across his body to Brian Hartline instead. Barnidge scored his touchdown on a rub route where he crossed paths with Travis Benjamin. Barnidge's defender was able to avoid Benjamin and stuck close to Barnidge, but Barnidge was able to use his big frame to put himself between the ball and the defender to secure the score.

2015 Week 13 vs CIN (8 / 5 / 59 / 0 rec)

Barnidge made the team's first catch of the game over the middle for a nine-yard pickup. He did have a tough drop on third down on the team's first drive, which may have resulted in a first down. The Browns did not make any trips into the red zone, so his status as the team's top red zone threat was rendered obsolete. He still served as a reliable target and chain-mover in the middle of the field.

2015 Week 12 vs BAL (11 / 7 / 91 / 0 rec)

Barnidge made his normal compliment of catches in the middle of the field as he's just such a big, reliable target no matter who is playing quarterback. On his second catch he used his big body to box out the defender before breaking away for the reception. His red zone usage was a little disappointing as he only saw one red zone target in the second quarter that was thrown too high. The Browns were in the red zone a few other times but he was not utilized. Even so, Barnidge is a primary part of the passing game and that should continue no matter who plays quarterback next week.

2015 Week 10 vs PIT (8 / 6 / 65 / 1 rec)

Barnidge finally turned in a productive outing with Manziel at the helm. He did what he does best in this game, making tough catches up the seam and scoring yet another touchdown. His first catch didn't come until the second quarter off of a play-action pass. He had lined up in the backfield as a fullback before leaking out to catch the pass. Barnidge's touchdown came on a seven-yard pass in the fourth quarter. Barnidge had two chances to make another touchdown catch at the end of the game. First, Manziel overshot him in the end zone. A few plays later, the pass in the end zone was slightly too high and Barnidge had it glance off his fingertips.

2015 Week 9 vs CIN (7 / 2 / 35 / 0 rec)

Barnidge continued his trend of being less utilized by the offense with Manziel under center. He is just not as productive as he is when Josh McCown is playing. Barnidge saw an end zone target at the end of the first quarter, but he was well covered and the pass was well over his head. His biggest contribution of the game came on the team's 93-yard touchdown drive in the second quarter when he made a 25-yard catch on a corner route to beat Cincinnati's zone defense. Barnidge's fantasy stock takes a hit for as long as Johnny Manziel is under center.

2015 Week 8 vs ARI (11 / 7 / 53 / 1 rec)

Barnidge had an up-and-down game for the Browns. He scored his customary touchdown, but also had a tough drop and struggled to get on the same page as McCown at times. Barnidge made his sixth touchdown catch of the year in the second quarter, catching a three-yard touchdown pass. It came on a back shoulder fade where the 6'6" Barnidge simply out-muscled the 5'1" Tony Jefferson. Jefferson didn't stand a chance on the play. The offensive play call was excellent as the Browns split Barnidge out wide on the left side of the field where Jefferson had no help behind him. Barnidge continues to get open and make plays in the middle of the field and is proving to be an every week starter at tight end.

2015 Week 7 vs LA (7 / 6 / 101 / 0 rec)

Gary Barnidge was Josh McCown's favorite target yet again. McCown continually looks to him when he needs a first down and Barnidge usually delivers. Barnidge made his first catch of the day in the middle of the field, where he's done most of his damage this season. It went for 13 yards, as Barnidge bulled ahead for a first down after the grab. McCown found Barnidge wide open in the middle of the field again in the third quarter for a 27-yard pickup. In what is becoming routine for him, Barnidge had another circus catch in the third quarter. He leapt high in the air and tipped the ball to himself with his right hand before hauling it in. The play went for 28 yards. He went over 100 yards for the third time in five games and saw his touchdown streak end at four consecutive games. Barnidge could see a dip in production if Johnny Manziel starts next week as the two did not produce much when Manziel played in Weeks 1 and 2.

2015 Week 6 vs DEN (9 / 3 / 39 / 2 rec)

Barnidge and McCown had a tough time hooking up in the first half of the game. Barnidge had a tough drop on his first target, getting hit hard before he was able to reel in the pass. McCown then forced a pass to a well-covered Barnidge down the right sideline that was uncatchable. Barnidge made his first catch of the game on the first play of the second quarter, going for a first down on a 14-yard pass. Barnidge scored the team's first touchdown on an 11-yard grab in the third quarter on a fade in the back right corner of the end zone. Barnidge scored his second touchdown on a post route for a 14-yard score. The Broncos defense focused on limiting Barnidge in the game, and they did so rather effectively, but Barnidge was still able to convert two of his three catches into touchdowns. His performance is encouraging considering the tough matchup and he is firmly entrenched as the team's number one red zone option going forward.

2015 Week 5 vs BAL (10 / 8 / 139 / 1 rec)

The breakout for Barnidge continues in what was a tough matchup against a Ravens team that has limited tight ends this season. Quickly becoming one of Josh McCown's favorite targets, he did most of his damage in the middle of the field. He had a big gain in the second quarter off of play-action. He was left uncovered down the left sideline and picked up 35 yards. On the team's final drive of the second quarter, Barnidge made two tough catches in the middle of the field to set up the offense for a field goal attempt. Barnidge did drop a pass that was right in his hands at the beginning of the third quarter. The ricochet was dangerously close to being picked off. Barnidge made a great catch on his touchdown, trapping the ball between his legs as he went to the ground and holding on for the catch. Barnidge also made a huge catch in overtime as he abused C.J. Mosley for a 19-yard pickup, helping to get his team into field goal range.

2015 Week 4 vs SD (6 / 6 / 75 / 1 rec)

Barnidge turned in a second straight productive game. His second catch of the game was a beauty as he got open in the middle of the field on a play-action pass and made a 27-yard catch. Barnidge made the catch of the game at the end of the fourth quarter off another play-action pass. He tipped the pass to himself before reeling it in while falling out of bounds on the one yard line. The play was originally ruled incomplete, but the Browns challenged the call, and it was ruled a completion. Barnidge came back two plays later to make a one-yard touchdown catch. He went in motion toward the right before the snap and McCown timed his pass perfectly. Barnidge is a big target who is tough to bring down and he could stay relevant fantasy-wise if he keeps seeing a reasonable amount of targets from Josh McCown.

2015 Week 3 vs OAK (10 / 6 / 105 / 1 rec)

Barnidge had a career game against an Oakland defense that has struggled to cover tight ends through the first three weeks of the season. He continually found openings in the middle of the field and turned into the team's top weapon on the day. Barnidge had a big 40-yard pickup down the seam as Josh McCown threw a strike to him while on the run. Barnidge was wide open on the play. Barnidge could have had a touchdown in the second quarter as he caught a pass on the one-yard line but it was knocked loose before he could establish possession. Barnidge would get his touchdown in the third quarter as he beat Charles Woodson for a 28-yard score. It came on a perfect throw from McCown. Barnidge saw another red zone target late in the fourth quarter as Josh McCown overthrew him in the back of the end zone. The Raiders have really struggled with tight ends this season and Barnidge is proof of that. He is usually not this involved in the team's game plan and will likely go back to his normal, intermittent usage next week.

2015 Week 2 vs TEN (1 / 1 / 17 / 0 rec)

Barnidge made his presence felt on the team's second drive of the game, catching a short pass and turning upfield for a 17-yard gain. It turned out to be his only catch of the game.

2015 Week 1 vs NYJ (5 / 3 / 38 / 0 rec)

Barnidge made a few catches for the Browns including a nice catch down the sideline during the team's first drive of the game. He did allow a third down pass to go through his hands in the third quarter. The pass was slightly behind him, but it appeared to be a catchable ball.

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