Could the Cleveland Browns have two 1,000 yard receivers in 2018?
By Dan Justik
With two of the leagues best receivers in Josh Gordon and Jarvis Landry, the Cleveland Browns have one of the best combo of receivers they have had in the history of the franchise. Could these two receivers also become a part of the franchise’s history?
When the Cleveland Browns traded for Jarvis Landry this offseason, they combined last seasons NFL receptions leader with Josh Gordon, who once had over 1,600 receiving yards in only 14 games during the 2013 season.
With Landry and Gordon, the Browns have two of the most talented receivers in the NFL. But could they do something in 2018 that has only been done once in franchise history and both have over 1,000 receiving yards?
The only time that it has happened in Browns history was in 2007. Braylon Edwards had 1,289 receiving yards and Kellen Winslow Jr. had 1,106 receiving yards during the 2007 season when the Browns had the 12th best passing offense in the NFL.
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Gordon and Landry are the two most talented receivers the Browns have had since that pair. So is it possible that they can be the second pair of receivers to accomplish the feat? It is plausible, but not likely.
New Browns offensive coordinator Todd Haley had very talented receivers in Pittsburgh when he was the Steelers offensive coordinator. But in his six years with the Steelers organization, the only receiver he had go over 1,000 receiving yards was Antonio Brown – albeit Brown did it in every season except for 2012.
Even with talented receivers like Mike Wallace, Emmanuel Sanders, and Martavis Bryant playing for Haley, Brown was the only receiver to go over 1,000 receiving yards. A big part of that is because Haley likes to have a balanced offense and not become an “Air Raid” offense.
Although Gordon and Landry will receive plenty of targets in Haley’s offense, they will also have to compete for targets with David Njoku, Duke Johnson, and Corey Coleman. There will also be plenty of plays going to the running back corps of Johnson, Carlos Hyde, and Nick Chubb.
That’s not to say one of the two receivers will not reach 1,000 yards. Gordon has the talent that if he plays a full season, it would be a shock that he does not reach the feat. In his career, he averages 17.3 yards per reception. If he were to keep that average in 2018, he would only need 58 receptions to reach 1,000 yards.
Landry has two seasons reaching 1,000 receiving yards in his four-year career. But the way he reached that milestone was by receiving a ton of targets. In the two seasons that he reached 1,000 yards, he received an average of 148 targets. During his time with Miami, he was the primary receiver for his quarterback, thus the high amount of targets. Landry only averages 10.1 yards per reception in his career. So if he does not get the same amount of targets in Cleveland, which he likely won’t, it is very unlikely that he reaches 1,000 receiving yards.
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Although it is fun to guess what Gordon and Landry will be able to do on the field together, both reaching 1,000 receiving yards is something that Browns fans should not expect to happen.