Player Page

Brian Hartline | Wide Receiver

Team: Cleveland Browns
Age / DOB:  (28) / 11/22/1986
Ht / Wt:  6'2' / 200
College: Ohio State
Contract: view contract details

Latest News

Recent News

Brian Hartline (ribs, thigh) remained sidelined at Thursday's practice.
Both injuries were suffered in Week 4. Aside from a 96-yard effort against Oakland in Week 3, Hartline has been a non-factor this year. Oct 8 - 2:41 PM

Highest Searched Players over the last 7 days

Player News


Brian Hartline (ribs, thigh) is not practicing Wednesday.

Hartline got dinged up in Week 4, but didn't suffer any broken ribs. He's on pace to catch just 32 balls for 492 scoreless yards this season. Same old Hartline.
Oct 7 - 12:37 PM

Browns WR Brian Hartline injured his ribs and suffered a thigh contusion Week 4 against the Chargers.

Hartline was forced from the game after a big hit in the first quarter. X-rays on his ribs came back negative, but he did not return to the game. His status for Week 5 against the Ravens is up in the air.
Oct 5 - 12:25 PM

Brian Hartline secured his lone target for seven yards in the Browns' Week 4 loss to the Chargers.

Hartline missed snaps with an unspecified injury. Hartline is a prominent part of the Browns' wide receiver committee, which also includes Travis Benjamin, Taylor Gabriel, Andrew Hawkins, and to a lesser extent Dwayne Bowe.
Oct 4 - 8:06 PM

Brian Hartline secured 5-of-7 targets for 96 yards in the Browns' Week 3 loss to the Raiders.

Behind Gary Barnidge (who?), Hartline was Josh McCown's primary read in this one. Hartline benefited from the fact that McCown dropped back to pass over fifty times, firing off 49 attempts while absorbing five sacks. Hartline is a low-ceiling WR4 option in fantasy leagues heading to a Week 4 date with San Diego.
Sep 27 - 5:37 PM

Brian Hartline is expected to benefit from the return of Josh McCown.

Hartline has just two catches for 20 yards on eight targets through two weeks. By the sound of it, he didn't exactly enjoy playing with Johnny Manziel. "I like to be where I am supposed to be and Josh likes to throw on time and all that kind of stuff," Hartline said. "Pretty easy chemistry. ... I think Josh has a good feel for going from read to read and really moving the ball around." Hartline is a WR5.
Sep 25 - 9:12 AM

Brian Hartline was held without a catch in the Browns' Week 2 win.

He saw three targets. Hartline has 20 receiving yards through two weeks.
Sep 20 - 4:59 PM

Brian Hartline had two catches for 20 yards in Week 1 against the Jets.

Hartline's only highlight was a one-handed catch in the second quarter. He was targeted five times, behind only Andrew Hawkins. Hartline has a matchup with the Titans in Week 2.
Sep 13 - 5:23 PM

ESPN Cleveland's Tony Grossi expects Brian Hartline to lead the Browns in receiving this season.

This is an indictment on the Browns passing game, and not a reason to upgrade Hartline. Dwayne Bowe hasn't practiced since August 5, leaving Hartline as Josh McCown's top target. Hartline remains unlikely to come into WR4 value.
Aug 12 - 4:37 PM

Browns coach Mike Pettine said all WR Brian Hartline does is get open and catch the ball.

Unfortunately for Pettine, Hartline's catches rarely happen in the end zone. He has 12 TD receptions in six seasons in the league and does not possess the playmaking ability the Browns' passing game desperately needs. With Dwayne Bowe manning the opposite side, Andrew Hawkins in the slot and a mess at quarterback, the Browns should lean heavily on their running game this season.
Jun 6 - 11:55 AM

Brian Hartline is expected to start even if the Browns use a high draft pick on a receiver.

Bridge quarterback Josh McCown will have Dwayne Bowe and Hartline on the outside with Andrew Hawkins in the slot. It's not a recipe for fantasy production. The erratic McCown has only had success with Marc Trestman and Hartline has scored 12 touchdowns in 69 career NFL starts. The Browns, who selected zero wideouts last year in arguably the greatest WR class ever, would do well to get with the program this year. The 2015 wideout class is strong once again.
Mar 23 - 11:31 AM

Browns signed WR Brian Hartline to a two-year, $6 million contract.

Hartline comes back home after growing up in Ohio and playing his called ball for the Buckeyes. As the Browns' depth chart currently stands, Hartline looks like the default No. 1 receiver. It's his best possible landing spot from a playtime standpoint, but we don't envision fantasy success. He also drew interest from the Chiefs, Bears, Texans, and Patriots after the Dolphins released him.
Mar 9 - 7:42 PM

The Chiefs are interested in free agent Brian Hartline.

Add another to the mix for the suddenly-popular Hartline. He seems to be a perfect fit for the Chiefs, as Hartline doesn't score TDs and can contribute as a perimeter run blocker. Hartline has a healthy market but should come cheap. The Patriots, Texans, Browns, and Bears are also in on him.
Mar 6 - 11:01 AM

The Cleveland Plain Dealer reports free agent Brian Hartline would take less money to play with Tom Brady, but would require "more" to play with Josh McCown or Texans free agent Ryan Mallett.

Hartline was overpaid for years in Miami, so he's apparently comfortable scaling back a bit if it means a shot at winning. Hartline's career would threaten to sink into the abyss if he aligned himself with McCown, while it could acquire new life with Brady.
Mar 5 - 4:06 PM

The Miami Herald reports the Patriots have "shown interest" in free agent Brian Hartline.

Hartline is not an exciting name, but is a competent target on the outside. That's something the Patriots have made a habit of lacking. Hartline is visiting the Texans on Thursday, and has also drawn interest from the Bears and Browns.
Mar 5 - 1:59 PM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
QB1Josh McCown
2Johnny Manziel
3Austin Davis
RB1Isaiah Crowell
2Duke Johnson
3Shaun Draughn
4Robert Turbin
5Glenn Winston
GLB1Isaiah Crowell
2Duke Johnson
3RB1Duke Johnson
2Isaiah Crowell
FB1Malcolm Johnson
WR11Andrew Hawkins
2Taylor Gabriel
3Marlon Moore
WR21Brian Hartline
2Dwayne Bowe
3Travis Benjamin
WR31Taylor Gabriel
TE1Gary Barnidge
2Jim Dray
3Rob Housler
4E.J. Bibbs
LT1Joe Thomas
LG1Joel Bitonio
C1Alex Mack
RG1John Greco
2Cameron Erving
RT1Mitchell Schwartz
2Austin Pasztor
K1Travis Coons