Where the Cleveland Browns will get better and where they won’t
Better: Wide Receiver
Speaking of moves that made noise, you may have heard there’s a new wide receiver in Cleveland. Odell Beckham, Jr. has been the talk of the league since the Giants traded him to the Browns — where he joins his best friend Jarvis Landry.
Last season, the receivers in Cleveland showed definite improvement. Corey Coleman and Josh Gordon were both sent away and they entered the year with Landry, Antonio Callaway, and Rashard Higgins as the main targets. Later, they added Breshad Perriman, but he has since left for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
As good as they were, there was room for improvement. That came in the form of OBJ, who is one of the most electrifying receivers in the league. Where he really shines is with the deep ball, which happens to be a specialty of quarterback Baker Mayfield‘s.
While Beckham’s addition will help simply because of what he brings, he will also open things up for the rest of the receiving corps. Landry excels in the slot and can focus more on that role now. Higgins, who took a huge step forward last season, should see even less attention now from defenders — as should Callaway who is a threat to score from anywhere on the field.
The double teams will come for OBJ and this receiving corps moved the chains last season even without having that luxury. There’s no doubt at all, the wideouts in Cleveland are going to be much better in 2019.