3. Which wide receiver will step up?
Overall, the Browns offense was bad in 2020. According to NFL.com, they were 22nd in the league with 20.9 points per game and 22nd in passing yards with 222.1 per game. That’s hard to believe if you were to look solely at the stats put up by Odell Beckham, Jr. and Jarvis Landry.
In what seemed to be a slow season for OBJ, he had 1,035 yards receiving which was second to Landry’s 1,174. The problem is, no one else stepped up beyond them as third in yardage was Kareem Hunt, who was suspended for the first eight games of the season, with 285.
After Hunt, it was fellow running back Nick Chubb with 278 yards and then tight end Ricky Seals-Jones with 229 yards. It wasn’t until after that when we finally see another receiver on the leaderboard for Cleveland as Damion Ratley was seventh on the team with 200 yards receiving on just 12 receptions.
With that being the case, it seemed as though the Browns would some depth to this group, but they were surprisingly quiet at wideout. Instead of making a splash, they waited until their final pick in the 2020 NFL Draft to add anyone, taking Donovan Peoples-Jones out of Michigan.
After this, they re-signed Rashard Higgins, which was a smart move. While Higgins was non-existent in 2019, that seemed to be due to a disagreement with head coach Freddie Kitchens. With Kevin Stefanski now in charge, he should have a chance to return to his 2018 form. That is, if he can beat out Peoples-Jones, who was a steal considering how late they took him.