The Cleveland Browns have loaded their offense with weapons, and Sports Illustrated ranked Cleveland’s wide receiver corps as the best in the league.
The Cleveland Browns offense and their wide receivers were able to excel during the second half of 2018. With the play of quarterback Baker Mayfield, Mayfield was able to elevate the talent around him.
He may not have to do that in 2019 after the moves by the front office. General manager John Dorsey made it a point of emphasis this offseason to continue to surround Mayfield with talent. After adding Kareem Hunt and Odell Beckham Jr., Dorsey did just that.
The addition of Beckham helped separate Cleveland’s group of wide receivers from the rest of the league. Sports Illustrated’s Conor Orr ranked every teams wide receivers, with Cleveland’s group ranking at the top.
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"Odell Beckham, Jarvis Landry, Rashard Higgins, Antonio CallawayRealize I’m going to get killed for this, but these are two of the best talents in the league right now, playing with a budding star at quarterback, a sought-after offensive coordinator and their collegiate position coach. – Conor Orr"
Last season, the Browns passing offense ranked 14th in the league in passing offense. Cleveland averaged 250.4 passing yards per game and threw 29 touchdowns. If Mayfield started the first two games of the season, there is a chance the passing offense would have been ranked higher.
Although Cleveland did not have a 1,000 yard receiver last season, they had four receivers eclipse 500 yards: Jarvis Landry, tight end David Njoku, Antonio Callaway, and Rashard Higgins. Landry led the team with 976 yards.
The addition of Beckham will obviously elevate the group as a whole because he will attract the attention of the defense. Beckham played 12 games last season, but still eclipsed 1,000 yards. He compiled 1,052 yards and six touchdowns on 77 receptions.
With how many weapons the Browns feature on offense, they are expected to be one of the most explosive offenses in the league. Offensive coordinator Todd Monken coached the best passing offense in 2018, and his concepts should carry over into the Browns offense.
The addition of Beckham excited the Dawg Pound because of the star power he carries. But what he will do for the offense will make the Dawg Pound even more excited. And not only because of what he can do for the offense, but his presence will help open the field for the rest of Cleveland’s receiver.
With the development of Callaway, Higgins continuing to build chemistry with Mayfield, and Landry and Beckham attempting to competing with each other, the Browns wide receivers should provide plenty of excitement in 2019.