Coming back from a broken collarbone, Brian Hartline will compete for playing time with the Browns in training camp. When given a chance to catch passes regularly last season, Hartline pieced together a short string of games with seven-plus Fantasy points. But that's about his ceiling, making him a slightly appealing late-round pick in deeper PPR formats.
Hartline has been released by the Browns, Cleveland.com reports. Hartline's release comes after the Browns added five wide receivers during last month's draft, including first-rounder Corey Coleman, whose development could prove vital for Cleveland's offense this season. At 29 years old, Hartline is coming off 46 catches (on 74 targets) for 523 yards and two touchdowns in his only season with the Browns last year, and should draw interest on the free agent market as an experienced wideout with two 1,000-plus yard campaigns in his career thus far.
Hartline (collarbone) took part in practice Thursday, the Akron Beacon Journal reports. Hartline was contained to an exercise bike at Tuesday's iteration of drills, but an increase in activity level just two days later is an encouraging sign in his recovery from a season-ending broken collarbone. In a receiving corps populated by the likes of Andrew Hawkins (concussion), Gary Barnidge, and little other established talent, Hartline will have every opportunity to make his mark in 2016.
Hartline (collarbone) worked out on a stationary bike as Tuesday's voluntary workouts opened, the Akron Beacon-Journal reports. Once Hartline re-proves his health, he'll join Taylor Gabriel and Andrew Hawkins atop the Browns' wide receiver depth chart. While former QB Terrelle Pryor has a level of pass-catching upside, and it's conceivable that Josh Gordon could factor in down the road, he remains under suspension. With those variables in mind, there appears to be a solid chance that the Browns will bring in some added depth at the wideout position at or around the upcoming NFL Draft.
Hartline (collarbone) finished the season with 46 catches for 523 yards and two touchdowns. He finished the season on injured reserve due to a broken collarbone. Hartline spent his first seven professional seasons in Miami, and despite inconsistent quarterback play in Cleveland, he still managed to improve from his 2014 numbers. Although he started out slow, Hartline caught exactly eight passes in three straight weeks following the team's bye. He'll presumably be ready for offseason activities in advance of his age-30 season, where he'll compete for steady snaps out of the slot for the Browns.
Hartline (broken collarbone) was placed on injured reserve Tuesday. Following a slow start to his tenure in Cleveland, Hartline finally came on strong over the last five games, catching 34 passes for 373 yards and two touchdowns on 51 targets. He still wasn't too impressive from an efficiency perspective, and the high volume was partially a result of injuries suffered by his teammates. Hartline is under contract through 2016, with more than enough time to make a full recovery before training camp. It's anyone's guess what the Cleveland receiving corps might look like next season.
|* indicates player did not play that week|
|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|5||10/09||New England Patriots||22||23.78|
|8||10/30||New York Jets||19||22.75|
|12||11/27||New York Giants||23||23.88|
|16||12/24||San Diego Chargers||4||18.38|
|3 Year Avg||90||54||671||3||37||12.43||85|