One-Hit Wonder #5: Gary Barnidge
Barnridge spent several seasons in Carolina and Cleveland as a special teams contributor before coming out of nowhere in 2015 as a pass-catching tight end. For a few weeks that season, he looked like the best tight end in football, ultimately catching 79 balls for 1,043 yards and nine touchdowns on his way to receiving a Pro-Bowl invitation.
That production was nearly cut in half the following season after undergoing surgery for a sports hernia over the offseason. In the spring of 2017, Barnridge was released by the Browns and hasn’t played in an NFL game since.