1. Mayfield and these receivers will be a problem for defenses
There’s been talk about just how good Cleveland’s receiving corps will be this season after they added Odell Beckham, Jr. to a group that already had Jarvis Landry and Antonio Callaway. Even without OBJ last season, Baker Mayfield was able to have his way with defenses when he got rolling. Now with a superstar added to the mix, defenses will be struggling to figure out how to stop this offense.
On Thursday, we were reminded of this on several occasions. Callaway, who reportedly showed up to camp out of shape, had his best day of practice as he works his way off second-team reps. He made several contested catches and seems fired up by the fact that he wasn’t put with the ones (score one for the coaches).
Then there was Landry, who made an insane catch off the helmet of defensive back Damarious Randall. Despite No. 23 being all over him, he showed great awareness in snatching the ball.
Still, the one we all want to see right now is Beckham. The prized addition this offseason has been making great highlight-reel grabs in practice and continues to show up. He did again on Thursday as Jake Burns of Cleveland.com shared a video of Mayfield hitting OBJ for a score in the red zone.
As Burns pointed out, this route had OBJ inside and Landry on the outside. A slant from Landy and a Beckham fade was too much for the defense to deal with as he hauled the pass in even with tight coverage.
Cleveland has one of the best receiving corps in the NFL and when you throw in tight end David Njoku, and receiver Rashard Higgins, it’s hard to say they don’t have the deepest set of pass-catchers this season.