Cleveland Browns: 3 Surprises after first 5 days of camp

DENVER, COLORADO - DECEMBER 15: Antonio Callaway #11 of the Cleveland Browns runs with the ball after making a catch against the Denver Broncos at Broncos Stadium at Mile High on December 15, 2018 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)
DENVER, COLORADO - DECEMBER 15: Antonio Callaway #11 of the Cleveland Browns runs with the ball after making a catch against the Denver Broncos at Broncos Stadium at Mile High on December 15, 2018 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images) /
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CINCINNATI, OH – NOVEMBER 25: Antonio Callaway #11 of the Cleveland Browns jumps to avoid an attempted tackle by Vontaze Burfict #55 of the Cincinnati Bengals during the first quarter at Paul Brown Stadium on November 25, 2018 in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by John Grieshop/Getty Images)
CINCINNATI, OH – NOVEMBER 25: Antonio Callaway #11 of the Cleveland Browns jumps to avoid an attempted tackle by Vontaze Burfict #55 of the Cincinnati Bengals during the first quarter at Paul Brown Stadium on November 25, 2018 in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by John Grieshop/Getty Images) /

1. Antonio Callaway’s struggles

One of the more shocking things early on in camp is the way second-year receiver Antonio Callaway has struggled — especially after he showed up at camp in great shape. Coaches were raving about how the young man was ready to go and with OBJ, Jarvis Landry, and David Njoku on the field, there was hope the speedster would be able to make some splashy plays as the other options drew attention their way.

Unfortunately, Callaway hasn’t been showing out in camp thus far. According to Scott Pasko of Cleveland.com, after coming in looking ready to break out, Callaway expressed some lofty goals but has been working with the second string, even on drills where OBJ sat out.

"“He ran with the first team during OTAs and minicamp, and alerted media to his goal of 1,000 yards with 10 or more touchdowns. But at training camp, Callaway has consistently been part of the second team, while Beckham, Landry and Higgins get first-team reps. When Beckham sat out team drills on Monday, it was Derrick Willies and Jaelen Strong who got first-team opportunities.” — Patsko, Cleveland.com"

As a rookie, No. 11 pulled in 43 receptions for 586 yards and five touchdowns. He was a big play waiting to happen which is why expectations have been so high coming into the season. That’s also why it’s so surprising to see him working with the backups.

Next. 3 Fundamentals being stressed first week of camp. dark

It’s still early so Callaway has time to right the ship. Still, it’s not an ideal start to a season in which he was expected to be a big contributor.

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