Daily Dawg Tags: Will Gary Barnidge repeat his success?


Spanning the virtual globe to bring you the latest news about the Cleveland Browns and the NFL – these are your Daily Dawg Tags for Monday, July 11.

The Cleveland Browns are another day closer to the opening of what should be a training camp filled with intrigue. Head Coach Hue Jackson has brought a new mindset to town, along with hope of better days in the world of Cleveland Browns football.

A major piece to that success is tight end Gary Barnidge. He had a breakout season last year and will be relied upon to put up similar numbers in 2016. But whether or not he can do that as a member of a new-look offense remains to be seen.

Let’s take a look at this topic and more in a Monday edition of the Daily Dawg Tags.

Cleveland Browns:

Cleveland Browns: Can Gary Barnidge repeat the success he had in 2015?

"The Cleveland Browns found a gem in tight end Gary Barnidge. He joined the Browns in 2013 and entered 2015 with three touchdown catches in his entire career. Few may have expected what came next. Barnidge finished the 2015 season with 79 receptions for 1,043 yards and nine touchdowns. His previous high in receptions was 13, which he had in both 2013 and 2014."

Cleveland Browns: Is the defense being weighed down by bad contracts?

"The Cleveland Browns defense was a major disappointment in 2015, giving up 30 or more points nine times and finishing near the bottom of every statistical category that matters. They were also a disappointment on payday, as the team invested a league-high $82.1 million in salaries for the defensive players on the roster."

Cleveland Browns: Which new receiver makes the greatest impact?

"The Cleveland Browns have an abundance of wide receivers entering training camp, with a diversity of styles. Whether this bodes well for the team has yet to be determined, but the intent is clear. The Browns have not had an even remotely successful group of receivers on the roster in years, and the front office is determined to reverse this trend."

Cleveland Browns: 1950 the best year in franchise history?

"The Cleveland Browns have not won a playoff game since the 1994 season, but the franchise was one of the best in the NFL when the league was still in its infancy. The Browns joined the NFL in 1950 after four seasons in the All-America Football Conference, winning all four of the AAFC’s championships before the league folded in 1949."

Browns training camp position preview: inside linebackers (cleveland.com)

"Considering that the Browns will feature two new starters at inside linebacker in 2016, it seems strange to call it perhaps the team’s most stable position. That’s the case, though, as the starters are essentially written in pen heading into training camp, which starts in less than three weeks."

NFL News:

Le’Veon Bell tells Steelers he will be ready for camp (FanSided)

"The dynamic running back has also promised to come back stronger after the knee surgery that cost him most of the 2015 NFL season. Bell made the claims during a recent interview, per ESPN‘s James Walker."

Von Miller, Broncos talking, trading contract proposals (NFL.com)

"The Denver Broncos and Von Miller are working toward a new contract leading up to the July 15 deadline for franchise players. The two sides have exchanged multiple proposals within the past few days, NFL Media’s Rand Getlin reported, via a source with knowledge of the discussions."

Former Bills QB Jim Kelly goes to New York for biopsy (ESPN.com)

"Former Buffalo Bills quarterback and Hall of Famer Jim Kelly underwent a biopsy on Thursday, and preliminary results showed no return of cancer, according to a post on his wife’s Instagram account. Kelly had the procedure in New York City after his latest scans following extensive treatment for cancer of the jaw were inconclusive."