Cleveland Browns: Best wide receiver corps in the AFC North?
By Randy Gurzi
After adding Jarvis Landry to a group that already included Josh Gordon and Corey Coleman, do the Cleveland Browns have the best WR corps in the AFC North?
The Cleveland Browns added some fire power to their offense recently by picking up running back Carlos Hyde, quarterback Tyrod Taylor and receiver Jarvis Landry. While each move has had it’s share of critics, it’s hard to say the team isn’t better.
The biggest name in the moves was easily Landry, who was acquired from the Miami Dolphins. He may have only averaged 8.8 yards per reception, but the slot receiver led the NFL in receptions with 112 in 2017.
He now joins a group that includes the explosive Josh Gordon as well as former first-round pick Corey Coleman. That’s a pretty impressive receiving corps, which brings up the question of whether or not the Browns now boast the best group in the AFC North.
While they may not have a player with as much overall talent as A.J. Green of the Cincinnati Bengals or Antonio Brown of the Pittsburgh Steelers, they could compete with any of the top three on their rival teams. Let’s take a look at how each stacks up with their 2017 stats.
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Jarvis Landry: 112 Receptions, 987 Yards, 9 TDs
Josh Gordon: 18 Receptions, 335 Yards, 1 TD
Corey Coleman: 23 Receptions, 305 Yards, 2 TDs
Antonio Brown: 101 Receptions, 1,533 Yards, 9 TDs
JuJu Smith-Schuster: 58 Receptions, 917 Yards, 7 TDs
Martavis Bryant: 50 Receptions, 603 Yards, 3 TDs
A.J. Green: 75 Receptions, 1,078 Yards, 8 TDs
Brandon LaFell: 52 Receptions, 548 Yards, 3 TDs
Tyler Boyd: 22 Receptions, 225 Yards, 2 TDs
Mike Wallace (free agent): 52 Receptions, 748 Yards, 4 TDs
Chris Moore: 18 Receptions, 248 Yards, 3 TDs
Michael Campanaro: 19 Receptions, 173 Yards, 1 TDs
Looking at the stats, it’s easy to see the Steelers have the team with the most impressive stats. They also have the best overall receiver in the AFC North — if not the NFL — in Brown. For the Browns, they possibly could compete with the overall talent. However, they’re solely a potentially good unit.
Gordon has spent too much time away from the game due to suspensions and Coleman’s unfortunate broken hand incidents have limited his effectiveness. They may not be there yet, but the Browns could potentially compete with the Steelers for this honor in 2018.
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As for the other teams, the Bengals are good with Green, but after that they could stand to upgrade slightly. The Ravens are just in dire need of any help.