Thanks to the departure of Pro Bowl tight end Jordan Cameron in free agency, could undrafted free agent E.J. Bibbs fill the Cleveland Browns need for an athletic play-making tight end?
Bibbs, a 6’2, 258-pound tight end out of Iowa State, has been consistently making plays on the field for the Browns in flashing some potential in becoming a go-to target of Johnny Manziel throughout the preseason.
Obviously, preseason play is not a guarantee of a player making a team, but a prospect such as the thick-bodied, sure-handed Bibbs, who caught 84 passes for 844 yards and ten touchdown’s in his two years at Iowa State en route to earning first-team Big-12 honors and being a finalist for the John Mackey award, given to the nation’s best tight end.
In the case of Bibbs, the former JUCO transfer via Arizona Western College, gives the Browns another big body at tight end and fullback. Based on his performance in training camp and in the preseason, head coach Mike Pettine was impressed with the unheralded Bibbs during mini-camp, as stated on Clevelandbrowns.com,
“The (E.J.) Bibbs kid has had a real good spring for us. He’s kind of come out of nowhere. We feel that we have some depth in the room and some future depth in that room that we’re very pleased with.”
While Jim Dray, Gary Barnidge and free-agent signing Rob Housler are entrenched above him on the current browns depth chart, the Chicago South Side native, who has overcome bigger odds, per Tom Reed’s column in The Plain Dealer, is more than up to the challenge of making the team.
He may or may not make the final 53-man roster, but if Bibbs’ play in pre-season so far is any indication, then the Browns would be wise to want a closer look at him.