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Rob Housler | Tight End

Team: Cleveland Browns
Age / DOB:  (27) / 3/17/1988
Ht / Wt:  6'5' / 250
College: Florida Atlantic
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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

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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.
Source: ESPN.com
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

ESPN's Jeremy Fowler reports the Browns have "had discussions" with free agent Rob Housler, and that there's mutual interest in a deal.

Per Fowler, "nothing is imminent and no visits are planned as of now." Housler would be an intriguing fallback option for a team spurned by Jordan Cameron and Charles Clay, but has a bit of an injury history. He also leaves much to be desired as a blocker. Nevertheless, Housler offers lots of pass-catching upside after being underutilized in Bruce Arians' offense.
Source: ESPN.com
Mar 23 - 1:47 PM

Free agent TE Rob Housler left his visit with the Falcons without a contract.

A solid receiver who was criminally underused in Arizona, Housler would be a great fit in new Atlanta OC Kyle Shanahan's offense. With the underwhelming Levine Toilolo currently atop the depth chart, Atlanta has a big need at tight end. A deal would make sense for both sides.
Mar 14 - 11:50 AM

Free agent Rob Housler visited the Falcons on Friday.

New Atlanta OC Kyle Shanahan has a long, productive history of tight end usage, and Roddy White is showing signs of decline. The Falcons would be an ideal landing spot for 27-year-old Housler, an athletic career underachiever.
Mar 13 - 4:45 PM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
PosRoleName
QB1Josh McCown
2Johnny Manziel
3Connor Shaw
4Thad Lewis
5Pat Devlin
RB1Isaiah Crowell
2Duke Johnson
3Terrance West
4Shaun Draughn
5Glenn Winston
GLB1Isaiah Crowell
2Terrance West
3RB1Duke Johnson
2Terrance West
FB1Malcolm Johnson
2Manasseh Garner
WR11Dwayne Bowe
2Taylor Gabriel
3Vince Mayle
4Terrelle Pryor
5Marlon Moore
WR21Brian Hartline
2Andrew Hawkins
3Travis Benjamin
4Josh Lenz
WR31Andrew Hawkins
TE1Gary Barnidge
2Jim Dray
3Rob Housler
4E.J. Bibbs
5Randall Telfer
K1Travis Coons
2Carey Spear