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Broulis Beat Report: Cleveland Browns Tight End Position Preview

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CANTON,Ohio- One area of depth for the 2014 Cleveland Browns was definitely the Tight end position. So it was to no surprise that the Browns let Jordan Cameron take his talents to South Beach. While it’s a loss I have full confidence that Cleveland won’t be hurting even though Cameron is gone.

Some of you may agree with me when I say that Gary Barnidge and Jim Dray should be more than capable of filling the shoes left by Cameron. I really think Gary Barnidge is an underrated TE. Both can block and Barnidge has the better hands.

So I’m giving the starting job to Gary Barnidge while Dray is his backup. Rob Housler was signed in the off-season so I don’t have much on him. EJ Bibbs and Kevin Haplea are both new and look to make more of an impact on special teams.

I realize that Cameron was a very athletic Tight end but he was too prone to injuries and I have a feeling he will land back on the injury list possible for concussion but I hope not. He’s a good guy and I wish him the best of luck.

I was able to watch some games from last year, more specifically the game down in Atlanta and Barnidge is more than capable of being a starter. He can catch and he can block. While he’s not as athletic as Cameron he may be more dependable from an availability stand point.

Like I said in the beginning Cleveland could afford a loss at that position because of our quality of depth. That was one of our few positions of depth to.

Overall I’m curious to see what Housler and Dray can do when their given more time to play during the preseason. Most of you I’m sure don’t watch the 3rd and 4th string but I do because it’s beginning to happen more often these days where you end of using your 3rd string player at that position due to injury or possible to clear down to the practice squad. It has happened before and it will happen again.

 


Credit all authors of images used in both article and as cover image : Nick Broulis

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