Cleveland Browns: Best 2018 offseason moves Browns made
By Dan Justik
2. Trading for Jarvis Landry
Entering the 2018 offseason, the Browns needed to find a second receiver next to Josh Gordon. Not only did they find that number two receiver, but they got one of the best receivers in the NFL.
Jarvis Landry is arguably the best slot receiver in the NFL. Last season, he led the league with 112 receptions and has caught 400 passes in his four year career. Those 400 receptions broke the record for the most receptions by a receiver in the first four years of their career.
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With a strong possession receiver like Landry, it gives the Browns quarterbacks another option instead of trying to force the ball to Gordon. Landry has a 70.1 catch percentage in his career, meaning that defenders have to make plays on passes thrown his way as he does not drop the ball often.
Also, pairing Landry with Gordon will create a dynamic 1-2 combo. Although Landry lives in the short and intermediate range of the field, defenders can not lay off of him to put more focus on Gordon. If defenders leave Landry open in the short part of the field, he will pick them apart for 8-12 yards every time he catches the ball.
Putting a reliable second option on the field with Gordon will open up the field for Gordon. Any move that gives Gordon more chances to make a game-breaking is a great move. And not only can he do that, he is such a good possession receiver, he is a reliable target on third downs. With what Landry can do for the Browns offense, it is easily one of the best moves of the offseason.