Cleveland Browns: 2016 depth chart predictions
Along with left tackle, the starting tight end may be the most solidified spot on this year’s roster. Gary Barnidge will once again be the team’s top option in the tight end slot after a career year in 2015.
He finished 2015 with 1,043 receiving yards for nine touchdowns, making him the top receiver on the roster. He flourished in the midst of a rather terrible offense, and should be able to have even more success with Hue Jackson at the helm.
Barnidge will also be helped by the fact the Browns brought in skilled, rookie receivers who will be threats on the field. The focus will not solely be on Barnidge, which will open up the field for him in the passing game.
The two likely players to back up Barnidge are E.J. Bibbs and rookie Seth DeValve, who played receiver in college. DeValve may have the better chance as he is a draft pick of this current regime, but he still must earn the job over Bibbs in training camp.
DeValve’s reputation as more of a pass catcher than a blocker may lead to him having an advantage over Bibbs, as he can come in for Barnidge and give the offense a similar look.
With Barnidge as the obvious favorite at the top spot on the depth chart, look for DeValve to win the backup job out of camp and be the team’s second tight end.
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