Tight Ends: F
It was a rough day for Cleveland tight ends. Gary Barnidge, who caught two passes for 35 yards, has seemed to completely fall off of the face of the earth this season. Other than him, there is really nobody besides rookies Randall Telfer and Seth DeValve; neither of whom were on the field for multiple consecutive plays.
Given Hue Jackson‘s offense which emphasizes the use of tight ends, their lack of production sums up how everything has been going lately. Barnidge is on the field almost every play. He even runs routes on most of them. Yet somehow, one of the team’s main targets only comes away with a wild catch on an unorthodox play and another five-yard reception.
It is safe to say that Barnidge was completely eliminated from relevance in this contest. For one of the team’s most reliable all around players who was even selected to go to the Pro Bowl in 2015, this has got to be frustrating for the coaching staff.
Where this hurts the Browns the most is in the red zone. As their main red zone target in 2015, Barnidge was able to catch nine touchdown passes. This year, he has just one.
With the Browns converting on just one of their three red zone trips on Sunday, the impact of Barnidge’s disappearing act is well documented.