Tight Ends: C
Another position group which had little impact on the outcome of the game was the tight end position. On a positive note, Gary Barnidge returned to last season’s form, catching seven passes for 57 yards. He found himself wide open in the middle of the field several times, something he made a name for himself doing in 2015.
Beyond Barnidge, there was little action at the position as anticipated. The offense that Cleveland runs often times involves two tight ends on the same side in a formation, as they run what is called “12 personnel” on running plays. This means that there is one running back in the backfield, two tight ends serving as extra offensive linemen on one side, and a receiver out wide on each side of the field. On Sunday afternoon, plays with this formation were extremely successful, as the tight ends contributed to the success of the rushing attack by blocking well.
But still, consistency remains a problem. The Browns lack offensive production at this position beyond blocking, and would ideally like to see more out of their tight ends if they are going to take up two spots on the offense a considerable amount of the time. Overall though, this position group did what was expected of them in this game, going about their business without doing anything extraordinarily good or bad.