Wide Receiver (5): Odell Beckham, Jr., Jarvis Landry, Rashard Higgins, Derrick Willies, Jaelen Strong
A wide receiver spot opened up following the first preseason game as Antonio Callaway was suspended by the league for four games due to a violation of the substance abuse policy. That all but guarantees Rashard Higgins the third spot on the team, and puts Callaway on the outside looking in once he returns.
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Higgins, who has excelled the past two seasons, will have four weeks to get in rhythm with the team while Callaway watches, which isn’t good for the second-year wideouts prospects.
Starting ahead of Higgins will be the star duo of Odell Beckham, Jr. and Jarvis Landry. The former LSU teammates were reunited once OBJ was traded to Cleveland this offseason. We have yet to see them on the field together, but there’s no reason to believe this won’t be one of the best receiving corps in the NFL this season.
The Browns end up going five deep at receiver at the outset and the final two spots go to Derrick Willies and Jaelen Strong. Willies was undrafted out of Texas Tech last season and made a strong impression during the preseason. He made it to the 53-man roster but suffered an injury shortly after making a huge play in their early-season win over the Baltimore Ravens.
Strong wins the final spot and provides them a big-bodied target that knows how to make catches in traffic. A former standout at ASU, Strong was taken in the third round of the 2015 NFL Draft by the Texans. He had 14 receptions and three touchdowns as a rookie but never really reached his potential. A torn ACL in 2017 cost him the past year and he looks to restart his career with the Browns.