With the addition of Odell Beckham Jr. last week, the Cleveland Browns have bolstered their receiving core. With such talented hands and depth at the position, do the Browns sport the best receiving core in the AFC North?
Welcome to Receiveland, home of the best receiving core in the AFC North. Cleveland Browns GM John Dorsey made a splash within the NFL last week by acquiring new Browns WR Odell Beckham Jr. from the New York Giants. Beckham, a three-time pro bowler, brings a lot of talent to already talented group of receivers.
Currently, the top three wideouts listed on the Browns depth chart are Beckham, Jarvis Landry, and Antonio Callaway. Between the three in 2018, they caught a combined 201 passes for 2,614 yards. Beckham led the trio with an average of 13.7 yards per catch.
They also caught a combined 19 touchdowns last season. Based on these numbers, there should be high expectations for what this group can achieve next year. It should also be noted that the Browns wide receivers coach, Adam Henry, has a connection with Beckham and Landry.
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He previously worked with the pair during his time at LSU, where the duo became the first pair of receivers to finish a season with 1,000 receiving yards each. He also worked with Beckham while they were both with the Giants from 2016-2018, before he joined the Browns.
Where does this leave the Browns receivers in comparison to the rest of the AFC North though? By trading away talented receiver Antonio Brown to the Oakland Raiders, the Pittsburgh Steelers will be looking to get production out of JuJu Smith-Schuster as their lead receiver. Last season, Smith-Schuster caught 111 passes for 1,426 yards. Backing up Smith-Schuster are receivers Ryan Switzer, James Washington, and the recently signed Donte Moncrief. With the loss of Brown to the Raiders, the Steelers will be looking to fill a big hole in their offense.
The Cincinnati Bengals seem to be in a bit of a better situation than the Steelers headed into next season. Getting A.J. Green back from injury next season will be beneficial for the injury-plagued Bengals. It will be interesting to see how he bounces back from the toe injury that derailed his season.
Tyler Boyd and the speedy John Ross also make up their core. The Bengals have a decent receiving core, but their production is dependent upon the play of quarterback Andy Dalton, who will also be coming back from injury in 2019.
Finally, you have the Baltimore Ravens, who are undergoing massive changes within their roster and front office. Recently losing longtime GM Ozzie Newsome to retirement and trading away quarterback Joe Flacco to move forward with Lamar Jackson. Having lost both John Brown and Michael Crabtree in free agency, their wide receiving core is not a pretty scene. The Ravens now have Willie Snead listed as their top option, supported by Jordan Lasley and Chris Moore. The Ravens have their homework cut out for them to help their receiving core. They may be looking to add a receiver in the draft that can help them next season.
Some fans on Twitter, however, have taken it up to defend their team’s rosters after the Browns made the move for Beckham. One fan, whose tweet can be seen below, called out the Browns fan base for thinking that their wide receiver core was better than his favorite teams.
The fan then went on to follow up the post with a bold prediction for both the Ravens and Browns receivers.
While crazier things have happened in the NFL, quarterback Baker Mayfield will be slinging the ball to Beckham and Landry this season. In comparison, Snead will be catching passes from the run-first quarterback Jackson who had only one 200+ passing yard game last season for the Ravens.
That being said, the fan’s prediction seems highly unlikely. As John Dorsey would say though, “Nice try, buddy boy!”
The AFC North is up for grabs this season, but the Browns are in a great position to become the new Kings in the North. The Browns have a set of very talented receivers on their roster, which could easily be the best in the division.
What are your thoughts, Browns fans? Do the Browns have the best receiving core in the AFC North? Is there a move out there that the other teams within the AFC North can make to supplant the Browns talent at the position? Fans need to prepare for a lot of touchdowns and eye-catching plays this season. We will all soon find out who has the best receiving squad!