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Rob Housler | Tight End

Team: Unsigned Free Agent
Age / DOB:  (27) / 3/17/1988
Ht / Wt:  6'5' / 250
College: Florida Atlantic
Contract: view contract details

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Browns waived TE Rob Housler from injured reserve.
Housler was sent to I.R. with a hamstring issue two weeks ago. A colossal bust after signing a one-year, $1.76 million contract, Housler turns 28 in March. His once-promising career is headed in the wrong direction. Nov 17 - 6:09 PM

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Browns placed TE Rob Housler on injured reserve with a hamstring injury, ending his season.

Cornerback De'Ante Saunders was promoted from the practice squad to take Housler's roster spot. Signed to a one-year, $1.76 million contract in the offseason, Housler was given a golden opportunity to jump-start his career after a lost four years in Arizona. He didn't do anything in camp or preseason and was a weekly non-factor the first half of the season, catching one ball for six yards.
Nov 4 - 11:31 AM

Browns retained TE Rob Housler on their 53-man roster.

UDFA E.J. Bibbs also made the final roster. Housler struggled all training camp, but he has the receiving upside the Browns desperately need. He is not on the fantasy radar right now, but he is a name to watch.
Sep 5 - 4:31 PM

The Akron Beacon-Journal said UDFA TE E.J Bibbs is pushing Rob Housler for a roster spot.

As a theoretically good pass catcher heading to a team with few, Housler generated some buzz in the fantasy community after he joined the Browns in free agency. As it turns out, Housler's receiving game chops have not been all they were cracked up to be, and now he is fighting with an undrafted rookie for a roster spot. Housler can be avoided in fantasy leagues.
Aug 20 - 8:27 AM

Rob Housler failed to secure his lone target in the Browns' preseason opener Thursday night.

The Browns opened the game in a two-tight end set with Gary Barnidge and Jim Dray, leaving Housler a distant third or fourth on the depth chart. He was also outplayed by UDFA E.J. Bibbs, who caught all three of his targets for 29 yards. Browns beat writers have Housler on the roster bubble and in serious danger.
Aug 13 - 11:24 PM

Coach Mike Pettine said it's obvious TE Rob Housler needs to work on catching the ball.

It's not a good sign when you're a pass-catching tight end and you're getting called out by the head coach for failing to catch the football. Housler is listed third on the depth chart, behind Gary Barnidge and Jim Dray.
Aug 11 - 12:09 PM

Rob Housler is listed as the No. 3 tight end on the Browns' first depth chart of training camp.

He's behind Gary Barnidge and Jim Dray. Housler has never lacked for athletic upside, but he failed to earn consistent playing time in Arizona, and is now low on the depth chart in Cleveland. Housler remains someone to monitor over the course of camp. There simply isn't much receiving talent on the Browns.
Aug 9 - 7:47 PM

Coach Mike Pettine referred to TE Rob Housler as "the ideal 'F.'"

The "F" position refers to the move tight end spot, a player that is often detached from the line. That's where Housler, a 6'5/248 specimen with 4.55 speed and a 37-inch vertical, wins. Don't be surprised if he breaks his previous career-high of 45 catches, set in 2012. Housler's current ADP is undrafted in standard-sized leagues.
Jun 30 - 9:14 AM

Browns TE Rob Housler "has been a fixture" with the first team at OTAs.

The Browns are counting on Housler to replace Jordan Cameron. Housler will lose blocking snaps to Gary Barnidge and Jim Dray, but has potential to be one of Cleveland’s top pass-game options. Housler’s only competition for targets is Dwayne Bowe, Andrew Hawkins and Brian Hartline.
Jun 3 - 6:43 PM

The Akron Beacon-Journal believes TE Rob Housler could be a big part of the Browns' offense.

Housler had interest from multiple teams, but reportedly signed with Cleveland "because of the opportunities he expects" in new OC John DeFilippo's scheme. The Browns plan to use Housler in a Jordan Cameron role, featuring him as a vertical threat in the middle of the field. With only Dwayne Bowe and Brian Hartline ahead of him for targets, Housler has potential to emerge as one of the Browns' top pass-catching options.
Apr 11 - 3:35 PM

Browns signed TE Rob Housler to a one-year, $1.76 million contract.

The deal includes a $750,000 signing bonus. It's a nice low-risk, high-upside addition for a team looking to replace Jordan Cameron with some weaponry. Back at the 2011 Combine, Housler ran 4.55 with a 37-inch vertical at 6'5/248. He's been limited to 105 catches in the four years since and struggled badly with drops in 2013, but he was a terrible fit in Bruce Arians' TE-unfriendly scheme. Housler will have a much larger opportunity to capitalize on his athletic skill set in Cleveland, where there's no pass-catching tight end in front of him. He's been called a wideout in a tight end's body.
Apr 9 - 12:25 PM

Free agent TE Rob Housler is visiting the Browns on Wednesday.

ESPN's Jeremy Fowler reported late last month that the sides had mutual interest in a deal, but Housler ended up visiting the Bengals first. He's also drawn interest from the Ravens and Falcons. The Browns have zero pass-catching talent at tight end, so Housler could be a priority.
Apr 7 - 7:38 PM

Free agent TE Rob Housler will visit the Bengals Thursday.

The Bengals and Ravens are in talks with Housler, who is expected to sign with a team by the end of the week. Housler would be a No. 2 tight end in Cincinnati behind Tyler Eifert. The Browns and Falcons also remain in the mix.
Apr 1 - 4:19 PM

XTRA 910 Arizona's Mike Jurecki reports free agent Rob Housler is drawing interest from the Bengals as well as the Ravens, and would like to make a decision "by the end of the week."

The Baltimore Sun reported Tuesday morning that there was "mutual interest" between Baltimore and the ex-Cardinal. Housler offers legit receiving upside, but was inconsistent in a Cardinals offense that doesn't feature tight ends catching passes.
Mar 31 - 1:43 PM

The Baltimore Sun reports there's "mutual interest" between the Ravens and free agent Rob Housler.

The sides can't get on the same monetary page, but "are expected to keep talking in search of a financial compromise." Housler has plus-starter athleticism and the Ravens' only bankable tight end for 2015 is currently Crockett Gillmore. Still only 27 years old, Housler's fantasy outlook would get a big boost in Baltimore, where Marc Trestman will call plays and the wideout talent is suspect.
Mar 31 - 12:58 PM

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