5 Most overhyped Cleveland Browns in 2020

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1. Jarvis Landry, Wide Receiver

Time to get the pitchforks out. Jarvis Landry is one of the most beloved players on the Browns roster and he has been often credited with “changing the culture.” He was added ahead of the 2018 season in a trade with the Miami Dolphins and signed a massive contract extension.

He then gave a passionate speech on ‘Hard Knocks’ about practicing through injury. He’s also had two productive seasons as he has 164 receptions for 2,150 yards and 10 touchdowns.

So with all that being said, there’s no way he can be overhyped. Right? Well, not necessarily.

The fact is, Landry is a solid wide receiver and he makes more than his share of good plays. Last season, he even managed to be the top wideout even with Odell Beckham, Jr. on the roster. So in reality, this isn’t about his talent but more the way he is hyped up.

For example, let’s look at the idea that Landry changed the culture. If this were true, how so? The Browns were a team full of disfunction and losing but suddenly adding a receiver changed all that? And if he changed it, then why has there been just as much drama, if not more, over the past two seasons.

Since Landry arrived in Cleveland, they are now on their fourth head coach, fourth offensive coordinator, and second general manager. And as for the record, the Browns still do not have a winning season. They’re still a team that hasn’t tasted success since 2007 and hasn’t made the playoffs since 2002.

During their latest losing season, Landry was one of the players accused of telling other teams to “come get me.” Sure, that story was shot down by fans but these rumors rarely, if ever, come out of thin air.

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All this is being said to point out that the culture in Cleveland has not yet changed. Sure, we can’t blame that on one player, but doesn’t that also mean we should stop crediting him with changing it by himself — especially when that has yet to happen.