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WR Brian Hartline - Cleveland Browns

6-2, 195Born: 11-22-1986College: Ohio StateDrafted: Round 4

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2015 Week 14 vs SF (10 / 8 / 107 / 0 rec)

Hartline turned in another excellent performance for the Browns, leading the team in receiving and coming close to scoring touchdowns on several plays. He did most of his damage on short and intermediate routes in the middle of the field, but was able to pick up significant yardage with some nice runs after the catch. Unfortunately, he suffered a broken collarbone and will not play again this year. He almost had a touchdown reception in the first quarter but he was stripped as he was nearing the goal line. Fortunately for him he was able to recover his own fumble on the two-yard line. His best catch came in the third quarter as he made a one-handed grab on the run. The play went for 24 yards. Later in the quarter he added a 34-yard reception where he was wide open down the field. He was helped on the play by a great play-action fake which froze the secondary just long enough for him to get free. He came close to scoring a touchdown yet again on that drive, catching a ball on a quick slant from the seven yard line, but he was stopped two yards short.

2015 Week 13 vs CIN (11 / 8 / 83 / 0 rec)

Hartline turned in a second consecutive strong game for the Browns. He continues to make a difference on short and intermediate routes, generally in the middle of the field. Hartline was the intended recipient on Davis' interception in the second quarter. It looked like a miscommunication between Hartline and his quarterback as the veteran receiver was headed straight up the left side of the field and Davis threw as if he expected Hartline to cut toward the middle. Hartline saw a deep shot near the end zone at the end of the second quarter, but the pass was underthrown. With most of Cleveland's receivers injured, Hartline could be in line for a huge workload in Week 14.

2015 Week 12 vs BAL (12 / 8 / 74 / 0 rec)

Hartline did most of his damage in the middle of the field on short-to-intermediate routes with a wide receiver screen mixed in as well. He had one of his busiest games as a Brown, making eight catches on 12 targets. As he is known to do, he made several clutch catches for first downs. In the second quarter he caught a red zone target which went for six yards, ultimately being brought down before the goal line. Hartline also showed nice chemistry with Austin Davis, making three catches on five targets in the fourth quarter alone. He could be an interesting streamer next week if Davis starts.

2015 Week 10 vs PIT (9 / 6 / 77 / 0 rec)

Hartline continues to be a solid presence for the Browns. He converted several third downs for the team throughout the game. Hartline saw Manziel's first red zone target in the first quarter, but the ball was knocked away by a Pittsburgh defender. He later made a big first down grab for the Browns toward the end of the first quarter. Hartline came close to scoring a touchdown in the fourth quarter, but he bobbled the one-handed catch attempt before falling out of bounds.

2015 Week 8 vs ARI (10 / 4 / 32 / 2 rec)

Hartline had his best game as a Brown, reeling in two touchdowns in the first half for Cleveland. Utilized infrequently throughout the season, he benefitted from the absence of Andrew Hawkins and the fact that Travis Benjamin drew shadow coverage from Patrick Peterson for much of the game. Not all went smoothly for Hartline, however. The touchdowns masked the fact that the normally sure-handed Hartline dropped at least three catchable passes in the game. Hartline's first touchdown was a 10-yard reception on a post route where he put a double-move on his defender. The second touchdown came in the second quarter as he beat his defender coming across the back of the end zone. It wasn't until the second half when the drops became a factor. The first came on a sliding attempt and the second came after he went in motion away from McCown and didn't get his head around on time. In the fourth quarter he dropped yet another pass on the left sideline.

2015 Week 7 vs LA (3 / 3 / 22 / 0 rec)

Hartline showed some of his veteran savvy in bailing Josh McCown out of trouble on his first reception of the game. Just as a defender was trying to bring McCown down for a sack, Hartline broke back toward the line of scrimmage for the catch. McCown went right back to him on the next play for a one-yard gain. Hartline and McCown did have a rare miscommunication in the second quarter where Hartline broke toward the middle of the field and McCown threw the ball toward the sideline. Hartline has settled in as no better than the fifth option in Cleveland's passing game.

2015 Week 6 vs DEN (3 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Hartline didn't make a catch in the game. He was unable to corral his first target as it was thrown low and bounced off the turf before it got to him. Hartline didn't see his second target until the last minute of regulation where he was missed on a throw by McCown. Hartline felt he was interfered with on the play, but the call wasn't made.

2015 Week 5 vs BAL (3 / 1 / 5 / 0 rec)

Hartline made his first, and only, catch in the second quarter. It looked like Hartline came down with a second catch in the third quarter, but it was ruled incomplete after Baltimore challenged the play. With the emergence of Benjamin, Johnson, and Barnidge, Hartline has become an afterthought in the Cleveland offense. McCown did look Hartline's way in the red zone on a slant, but the pass was broken up. Based on his reaction, Hartline thought he was interfered with, but no call was made. WR Dwayne Bowe Bowe was a healthy scratch and did not play.

2015 Week 4 vs SD (1 / 1 / 7 / 0 rec)

Hartline was not very involved in this game as he made only one catch. It came on a slant and converted a third down for the team, which has been his biggest contribution for the team this year. He should have better days in the future as long as McCown is under center. Hartline left the game with a thigh bruise.

2015 Week 3 vs OAK (7 / 5 / 96 / 0 rec)

Hartline had a better game with McCown under center than he had with Johnny Manziel starting. It is clear that he and McCown have good chemistry. The connection paid off as Hartline made several big catches for the team in this game. Hartline made his first catch on third-and-six, picking up 17 yards to convert the first down. Hartline should have had a first down in the third quarter but McCown threw it behind him. Hartline came back and made a great catch on the next play. He originally bobbled the ball, but was able to trap it between his knees as he went down. Hartline also made an excellent over-the-shoulder catch in the fourth quarter that went for 41 yards and another catch that went for 19 yards on the team's final drive.

2015 Week 2 vs TEN (3 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

The veteran receiver did not make a catch in the game and he was targeted just three times. Hartline had a chance to catch the first target for a first down, but the ball was jarred loose by a defender before Hartline could secure the ball. Hartline has not been given much in the way of opportunities by Johnny Manziel in Cleveland's offense.

2015 Week 1 vs NYJ (5 / 2 / 20 / 0 rec)

Hartline was mostly quiet in this game, making only two catches, but both went for first downs. He made his first catch of the game from his knees while reaching behind himself near the sideline. Manziel had been flushed from the pocket and zipped the ball to Hartline while under duress. Hartline's second catch came on a comeback route where he went to the ground to reel in a low pass from Manziel. Hartline appeared to have a nice chemistry with McCown in the preseason. If McCown is out for an extended time, Hartline could have some more slow performances in store.

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Browns | Brian Hartline returns to practice (Thu Apr 21, 06:33 PM) - Cleveland Browns WR Brian Hartline (undisclosed) returned to practice Thursday, April 21, after not practicing Tuesday, April 19.

Our View: Hartline could be effective if he's healthy next year. He missed four games and totaled just over 500 yards and a pair of touchdowns. With better quarterback play, he should have a rise in his stats, but would still be no more than a WR4 or so in fantasy.
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