5 things that must change for the Cleveland Browns in 2019
4. Stop dropping passes
Last season, the wide receiving corps got ugly for the Browns. Originally entering the season with Jarvis Landry, Josh Gordon, and Antonio Callaway — as well as a good receiving tight end in David Njoku ‚— it seemed as though there would be no issues moving the ball through the air.
Then Gordon was traded to the New England Patriots and injuries started to decimate the roster. Ricardo Louis was lost before the season began and Rashard Higgins also suffered through some injury problems as well during part of the year. Not long after Higgins went down with his knee injury, they lost Derrick Willies for the season.
The constant changing led to a few issues, with the most prevalent being dropped passes. On the season, Cleveland was ninth in the NFL in dropped passes with 20, according to The Washington Post. This isn’t what was expected and it speaks to the discipline of the team as much as it does the problems they had with fielding a complete roster at the position during the middle of the season.
Cleveland hopes to have addressed this issue by bringing in Odell Beckham, Jr. Formerly of the New York Giants, OBJ is one of the best young wideouts in the game today. He excels at making contested catches and is featured weekly on the highlight reels. His arrival will help as he rarely drops passes, and he will draw coverage away which means less contested grabs for the rest of the team as well.