Wide Receiver: A
The Browns are also loaded at receiver. There are not many, if any, better wide receiver duos in the NFL than Odell Beckham Jr. and Jarvis Landry. Both players are perennial Pro Bowlers and exceptional talents on the field. Both players have proven themselves in the league and are amongst the best at their positions.
They both had down years last year, yet still managed to eclipse 1,000 yards. Both Beckham Jr. and Landry had lingering injuries throughout the year and had surgeries this offseason. With each getting healthy, look for them to explode in this new offense with Kevin Stefanski.
In Stefanski’s system, only two receivers are needed most of the time since there are multiple backs and tight ends in most sets. This is great for the Browns as they can utilize the excellence of OBJ and Landry. But the Browns do have a few solid players to fill the rest of the room out.
Rashard Higgins is probably going to start the season as the third receiver. He has had some good years for Cleveland and great chemistry with Mayfield. For some reason though, he was in Freddie Kitchens’ doghouse last year. Hopefully, he gets on the same page with this years’ coaching staff – which seems to be off to a good start given he received a one-year deal to stay.
The Browns also added Donovan Peoples-Jones from Michigan in the draft. He was the number one receiver coming out of high school and had immense hype throughout his college career.
Unfortunately, he didn’t have much production in college but that could be due to poor scheme and quarterback play. He is 6-foot-2 and runs a 4.4 40-yard dash as well as a 44-inch vertical. He is an incredible athlete that can blossom into a good NFL receiver in the right situation.
This group definitely has the chance to be one of the best in the NFL.