Tight Ends: C
It was not an overly productive afternoon for Cleveland tight ends, even if they weren’t a significant liability. Through the air, Gary Barnidge caught only one pass for 11 yards, a disappointing afternoon.
Knowing Barnidge’s normal connection with McCown, fans would have expected the two to find more of a rhythm. Unfortunately, a combination of solid defense, poor route running, and poorly thrown balls prevented this from happening.
Seth DeValve was the other tight end who spent a substantial portion of time on the field. DeValve’s three receptions which went for 39 yards all came at the end of the game when the Giants were in a prevent defense. His blocking though was not horrible throughout the game.
In an offense which likes to use two tight end formations, the way this position group performs is critical to the team’s success. Once again this week, the tight ends did not play the role they should have. Moving forward, incorporating tight ends into the game plan on offense would be a good idea if the Browns want to continue with their offensive scheme.