Cleveland Browns: Studs and duds from season finale loss against Ravens
Stud: Antonio Callaway
There have been few Browns players that have improved in the second half of the season as much as Antonio Callaway has improved. After struggling at the beginning of the season with making catches in traffic and dropping passes, Callaway has been an entirely different receiver since the bye week.
Callaway displayed that against the Ravens, as he caught four passes for 79 yards and a touchdown. Callaway was able to use his speed to create separation throughout the game, and he and Mayfield were able to make connections downfield.
He got his game started with a 38-yard, toe-tapping reception down the sideline after Mayfield bought time in the pocket. A few drives later, Callaway beat the defender at the line of scrimmage and caught a 19-yard fade down the sideline. Then with less than a minute left in the first half and the Browns backed up inside their own ten, Callaway was able to beat his man on an out route for a 21-yard reception.
Callaway finished his solid receiving game catching Mayfield’s rookie touchdown record setting pass with just over three minutes to go to give the Browns a chance for a win. He was able to make the catch in tight space and reached over the goal line for the touchdown.
The rookie receiver also put in a great effort on special teams, helping put the Browns offense in good field position to start drives. Callaway returned three kickoffs for 79 yards, with his longest going for 35 yards. He also returned three punts for 46 yards, with his longest return going for 37 yards.
Callaway played a big role in helping the Browns offense tick on Sunday. Not only because of his plays as a receiver, but also because of his solid returns on special teams.