TE Gary Barnidge - Free Agent

6-6, 243Born: 9-22-1985College: LouisvilleDrafted: Round 5, pick 2008

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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.

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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 14 vs CIN (5 / 3 / 27 / 0 rec)

Barnidge made a big catch on a third-and-nine which went for a first down on the Browns' third drive of the game. He later had a pass hit him in the back on a route he was running down the seam. Barnidge either wasn't expecting the pass to come out so quickly or Robert Griffin threw the ball at the wrong time. The play could have gone for a big gain if the two had connected. Barnidge's second catch was a tough, contested catch for a seven-yard pick up in the third quarter. That was followed up by an uncatchable ball thrown in front of his feet. He made his last catch on the team's final drive of the game.

2016 Week 15 vs BUF (3 / 2 / 35 / 0 rec)

Barnidge had another slow game, finishing with just two catches. His first catch didn't come until there was 3:40 left in the third quarter. Robert Griffin made a great play to avoid the pass rush before hitting Barnidge with a dart for a 28-yard gain. His only other catch came in garbage time on the Browns' final drive of the game. Barnidge also had a bad drop on a pass that he juggled before going out of bounds during the fourth quarter.

2016 Week 16 vs SD (6 / 5 / 42 / 0 rec)

Barnidge had his biggest game of the second half of the season and led the team in receiving. All of his work came on short routes, mostly in the middle of the field. His first catch came on the first drive of the game and was a first down conversion on 4th-and-6. He did well to catch a wobbly pass from quarterback Robert Griffin III on the play. He made another big play in the third quarter on a third down. He caught the ball short of the marker, but was able to bull his way forward for a first down, carrying defenders with him.

2016 Week 17 vs PIT (5 / 5 / 40 / 1 rec)

Barnidge caught his first pass on the team's second drive of the game. It came in the middle of the field for a nine-yard gain. In the second quarter, he took a short pass at the line of scrimmage and was able to tack on several yards after the catch for a first down. He caught his second touchdown of the season in the second quarter on a short three-yard screen.

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.

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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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.

2014 Week 10 vs CIN (4 / 2 / 46 / 0 rec)

Barnidge was a top 10 player at TE this week in PPR leagues in a week void of much TE scoring. Barnidge made the most impressive catch of the day in the 3rd quarter, twisting his body while running a seam to corral a perfect Brian Hoyer pass at the Bengals 3 yard line.

2013 Week 14 vs NE (2 / 2 / 49 / 1 rec)

Gary Barnidge's highlight play was a 40 yard touchdown, about 35 of which came after the catch. Barnidge wasn't covered well, and only one defender had a chance at him, and that defender took a bad angle. As a result, Barnidge waltzed downfield for an easy score. This might be Barnidge's best line this season, and for fantasy purposes, he absolutely belongs on waiver wires.

2012 Week 8 vs CHI (1 / 1 / 7 / 0 rec)

Barnidge is a special teams player and blocker. His one catch came on a dump pass from Cam Newton which he turned upfield for a few yards before linebacker Lance Briggs pushed him out of bounds.

2012 Week 12 vs PHI (1 / 1 / 24 / 1 rec)

Barnidge's lone reception was a 24-yard touchdown against an Eagles blitz. No defender stayed with him on the seam pattern and it turned out to be a simple pitch and catch for Newton.

2010 Week 1 vs NYG (2 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Barnidge was targeted twice in the end zone, both resulting in Matt Moore interceptions, but it was good to see him involved in the red zone offense.

2010 Week 9 vs NO (2 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Barnidge gets a quick blurb here for one reason only, a horrid drop in the shadow of his own end zone from Jimmy Clausen. It's bad enough to put a young QB in the position that Clausen is in, but when he's 5 yards deep in his own endzone, and he puts a ball right between the numbers, you have to make that catch.

2009 Week 7 vs BUF (6 / 3 / 77 / 0 rec)

Barnidge had a breakout game against the Bills. He got a step on Terrance McGee because he was peeking at the inside receiver, and converted a 52-yard gain on the resulting deep pass for the Panthers longest play of the game. He was also wide open over the middle on one of Delhomme's INTs, and he also got another deep target late in the game that was overthrown and picked off. He looked sure-handed and athletic, and he should have a role in this passing offense going forward.

2009 Week 8 vs ARI (4 / 1 / 7 / 0 rec)

Barnidge was thrown to more than the other tight end, Jeff King, but neither was a good option in the passing game. Barnidge did get open deep for the second straight game, but he was overthrown on the play.

2009 Week 9 vs NO (4 / 3 / 46 / 0 rec)

Barnidge turned in his 2nd fine performance over the past 3 weeks during week 9 catching 3 passes, all of medium length. On 2 of his receptions he was able to actually get a step on the Saints corners over the middle. He continues to receive more targets than the other Panther TE's and it is possible that he is emerging as the TE to own on the Panthers. Barnidge is a tall, athletic TE who should be on owner's radars moving forward.

2009 Week 11 vs MIA (2 / 2 / 46 / 0 rec)

Third string tight end Gary Barnidge caught two passes in the final minute of the Week 11 game against Miami, getting just open enough down the middle of the field to pick up 29 and 17 yards on consecutive receptions. Barnidge looked good on both catches so he does have some fantasy upside, but only if Carolina stops juggling the position between three players and starts throwing more to Barnidge. Odds are against that happening, so he should remain on the waiver wire.

2009 Week 15 vs MIN (2 / 1 / 55 / 0 rec)

Barnidge had one key play late in the fourth quarter but it was a big one and it helped put the Vikings away for good. Under pressure from the defense, Matt Moore lobbed a pass off of his back foot that Barnidge came down with on the right side of the field. He broke a few arm tackles, covered the ball well and rumbled 55 yards down to the two yard line. Jonathan Smith scored two plays later and it all be ended any Minnesota hope of a comeback.