Cleveland Browns: 4 players under the radar vs the Patriots
Antonio Callaway’s opportunity
Antonio Callaway has had a bewildering start to his sophomore campaign. First, he was suspended for the first four games, then he spent the last two games in the doghouse. Mind you, it’s the fan’s doghouse more so than the coaches.
Inexplicably enough, the coaches have given the second-year receiver valuable playing time despite what he has shown on the field. However, this is the week they actually need Callaway to be part of the game plan. Let’s hope the young receiver is up for the challenge.
When the Browns are looking to throw the ball, the main objective is for Baker Mayfield to get rid of the ball quickly and efficiently. If Mayfield holds on to the ball for an extra beat, it will play into the hands of the Patriots’ excellent cast of defensive backs. Kitchens will have to call well-designed schemes that get his receivers open coming off the ball.
That style of route running suits Callaway’s skill set. Last season, Mayfield and Callaway showed their ability to connect on quick-hitting slants and go routes up the sideline. The Browns need to get back to those schemes to keep the pass rush at bay and the defense on their heels.
With the attention Odell Beckham and Jarvis Landry are garnering, it will be a prime opportunity for Callaway to get back to what made him a promising receiver and allow him to have a huge impact on this game.