The culture changer: Jarvis Landry
Suddenly, there’s a collection of stars in The Land, which is an unfamiliar, but amazing thing. Heading into 2019, there will be two in the wide receiver room alone. After proclaiming he wanted ‘real players’, John Dorsey went out and got some name recognition at the wideout spot by trading for Jarvis Landry from the Miami Dolphins.
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In exchange for a couple of mid-round picks, the Browns landed the talented pass catcher and signed him to a long-term extension. Landry was coming off a season in which he led the NFL in receptions with 112. Despite the high number of catches, he wasn’t a huge downfield threat for the Dolphins and had just 987 yards which was good for 8.8 per grab.
In 2018, he was the No. 1 receiver for Cleveland and finished with a respectable 81 receptions for 976 yards (12.0 per grab) and had four touchdowns. While Landry didn’t pull in as many catches as the season prior, he did keep defenses honest and gave quarterback Baker Mayfield a trusted outlet who pulled in some impressive contested catches.
Landry was credited with changing the culture in the locker room. With a 1-31 record combined in 2016 and 2017, losing was becoming a regular thing. Not only that, but players weren’t willing to put in the work necessary to become great.
Despite being new to the team, Landry was willing to call those players out — which he did on ‘Hard Knocks‘ as he implored his teammates to push through the pain and show up even when they didn’t feel like it. Landry also helped improve the image outside of the organization which led to them landing a big fish this offseason.