The 31-year-old tight end has seen his targets rise in every week despite the quarterback carousal currently happening in Cleveland. Barnidge had his best day of the season on Sunday, and fantasy owners are hoping this is just the beginning to another huge year. The fact that he was able to catch a season-high five passes with rookie Cody Kessler and wide receiver Terrelle Pryor throwing him the ball is undoubtedly encouraging.
Barnidge secured four passes (five targets) for 37 yards during Sunday's loss to the Ravens.
Though he wasn't heavily used, Barnidge saw an increase in targets and snaps with Josh McCown (shoulder) at the helm of the offense. The 30-year-old developed a nice relationship with McCown in 2015, and so far that's carried over into this year. McCown, however, is a bit banged up, and if he's unable to go against the Dolphins in Week 3, Cody Kessler will take over, which could negatively affect Barnidge, especially if the Browns ease Kessler in and rely on their running game.
Barnidge developed a solid rapport with McCown in 2015, and there's no reason to believe this time around will be any different. In fact, it might be even stronger. McCown may find himself targeting Barnidge more often than receivers Corey Coleman and Terrelle Pryor because of that sound relationship. Regardless, the 30-year-old tight end's lackluster performance in Week 1 should, for the most part, be ignored.
Barnidge was targeted twice but failed to haul either of them in during Sunday's loss to the Eagles.
Barnidge enjoyed a breakout season a year ago, but he hardly looked like a dominating tight end on Sunday. His two targets suggest that Robert Griffin (shoulder) was mainly looking at his other receiving options, and although it was only Week 1, Barnidge's lack of involvement doesn't bode well for him moving forward.
Barnidge caught two passes for six yards on three targets in Friday's preseason game against the Buccaneers.
Plagued by a minor abdomen injury early in training camp, Barnidge has safely proved his healthy by playing in each of Cleveland's three preseason games. Josh Gordon (suspension) stole the show Friday night, but with the uber-talented wideout not available until Week 5, it won't come as any surprise if Barnidge serves as Robert Griffin's go-to target early in the season.
|4||10/2/16||@ WAS||1:00 pm|
|6||10/16/16||@ TEN||1:00 pm|
|7||10/23/16||@ CIN||1:00 pm|
|10||11/10/16||@ BAL||8:25 pm|
|Bye: Week 13|
|15||12/18/16||@ BUF||1:00 pm|
|17||1/1/17||@ PIT||1:00 pm|
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