Cleveland Browns: Grades from the horrendous loss to the Bengals

Dec 11, 2016; Cleveland, OH, USA; Cleveland Browns head coach Hue Jackson yells to the officials during the second half against the Cincinnati Bengals at FirstEnergy Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports
Dec 11, 2016; Cleveland, OH, USA; Cleveland Browns head coach Hue Jackson yells to the officials during the second half against the Cincinnati Bengals at FirstEnergy Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports /
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Dec 11, 2016; Cleveland, OH, USA; Cleveland Browns tight end Gary Barnidge (82) makes a reception while getting tackled by Cincinnati Bengals free safety George Iloka (43) during the third quarter at FirstEnergy Stadium. The Bengals won 23-10. Mandatory Credit: Scott R. Galvin-USA TODAY Sports
Dec 11, 2016; Cleveland, OH, USA; Cleveland Browns tight end Gary Barnidge (82) makes a reception while getting tackled by Cincinnati Bengals free safety George Iloka (43) during the third quarter at FirstEnergy Stadium. The Bengals won 23-10. Mandatory Credit: Scott R. Galvin-USA TODAY Sports /

Tight Ends: F

There is good news and bad news for Cleveland tight ends. The good news is that Gary Barnidge led the team in receiving Sunday afternoon. The bad news is that he was only able to muster 27 yards in three receptions.

It was a very normal day for this group. Barnidge came through with several grabs, but the tight ends served as little more than statues on the field when blocking.

For an offense that uses formations with two tight ends frequently, they aren’t using these two spots efficiently. Blocking does not seem to be in their vocabulary, and their receiving is limited.

Seth DeValve was the other tight end who played a significant amount, and Randall Telfer contributed on special teams. Dan Vitale, who can be thrown in with the tight ends, made a name for himself in this one by dropping a pass on the goal line when he was wide open and ready to go in for a touchdown.

In future weeks, the Browns will have to ponder whether or not their use of tight ends is benefiting the team enough to continue. Judging based on this week, they won’t need to think too hard.