5 Cleveland Browns who could make their first Pro Bowl in 2019
4. Antonio Callaway, Wide Receiver
One player who could really have a big season in 2019 is second-year wideout Antonio Callaway. A fourth-round pick out of Florida, Callaway’s collegiate career ended on a sour note as he was suspended for all of 2017 by the University of Florida. His troubles at school, coupled with a failed drug test at the 2018 NFL Scouting Combine led to his fall as Callaway had talent that exceeded his draft position.
The concerns continued in the NFL as he was cited for marijuana possession early on in training camp, but he proved that to be a small blip and had a good season afterward. In 16 games and 11 starts, as a rookie, Callaway showed off plenty of that talent for the Browns.
He finished his rookie season with 43 receptions for 586 yards and five touchdowns — although he had a couple more huge plays negated due to penalties in their game against the Houston Texans. A quiet offseason for Callaway is a great sign that he’s focused and ready to make some noise ‚— which is evidenced by a strong showing early in OTAs, as stated by head coach Freddie Kitchens.
"“He is in good shape relative to what he was in last year during training camp. He has added some explosiveness.” — Kitchens said via Andrew Gribble of ClevelandBrowns.com"
Callaway will also benefit from the Browns adding wideout Odell Beckham, Jr. in the offseason. Defenses will focus much more on No. 13, while still having to worry about last season’s leading receiver, Jarvis Landry. That’s a recipe for disaster for opponents who could forget about Callaway.
In the end, his ability to score from anywhere on the field could turn him into a star this season and help as he aims for his first career Pro Bowl.