The Daily Dawg Tags brings you all the Cleveland Browns news you need to know, including why Antonio Callaway was a surprise inactive against the Bills.
The Cleveland Browns knew they were taking a chance when they selected Antonio Callaway in the fourth round of the 2018 NFL Draft. With all of his off-field issues at the University of Florida, the Browns were going to need to keep an eye on Callaway.
However, Callaway has still dealt with a variety of issues since being drafted by the Browns, including being suspended the first four games of the 2019 season. He was also "suspended" against Buffalo Bills by head coach Freddie Kitchens.
Callaway was a surprise inactive against the Buffalo Bills after having the best game of the season the week prior. The wide receiver was not listed on the injury report and was warming up on the field when it was announced he was inactive.
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Today's featured article reports that Callaway was inactive because he arrived late to the stadium for the game and Kitchens decided to discipline him by benching him.
Cleveland Browns News
"I don’t know if he got the message or not, but I’m not wavering,'' Kitchens said on a conference call Monday. "I always want our guys to make good choices. I did what I felt I need to do and it’s over.''
Last season, Callaway showed the potential of being an explosive play-maker. However, he has made bad decisions constantly in 2019, whether it be showing up to camp out of shape, being suspended, or showing up late to games. If Callaway would get out of his own way, he has shown he can be a valuable member to the Browns offense.
The Cleveland Browns struggled to get one yard in the red zone against the Bills, turning the ball over on downs after eight attempts to get in the end zone from the one-yard line. But as Leon West points out, Cleveland's woes in the red zone ended by giving the ball the Rashard Higgins.
Last week, the Cleveland Browns cut safety Jermaine Whitehead following a postgame Twitter rant that included death threats and racist language in response to criticism after a loss.
The Oakland Raiders have since worked Whitehead out, according to multiple reports.
It is not surprising that a team would be willing to take a look at Jermaine Whitehead despite his outburst on Twitter following the Broncos game. Teams are willing to overlook off-field issues if it means that player would improve a team's roster (i.e. Callaway and the Browns).
The Cleveland Browns received plenty help from their star play-makers against the Bills, helping push the Browns over the hump to get the victory. Here's a look at who played well and who didn't against Buffalo.