ESPN listed the Cleveland Browns with the second-best group of weapons in NFL.
The Cleveland Browns offense in 2019 was expected to be an electric unit with the potential of being the best offense in the league. With the addition of Odell Beckham to a group including Jarvis Landry, Nick Chubb, and David Njoku, the Browns offense should have been explosive last season.
However, the Browns offense was fell victim to a lack of chemistry and poor play-calling, causing the group to stumble and never realize its potential. Cleveland finished 22nd in total offense and in scoring offense.
With the disappointment of 2019 now in the past and a new regime in place, the belief is the Browns offense reach the performance it was expected to have in 2020. With mostly the same group of players at the skill positions, the Browns should not have the same chemistry issues they dealt with last season.
Baker Mayfield will have a season under his belt throwing to Beckham, which should solve some of the chemistry problems from 2019. Although they haven’t been working out together and did not have an offseason program this year, Beckham and Mayfield now know their tendencies compared to one year ago.
Mayfield can also rely on last year’s leading receiver, Jarvis Landry, again in 2020. Even though he was injured for nearly the entire season, Landry still performed at a high level and should improve in 2020 now that he is healthy.
The Browns also boast one of the best running back duos with Chubb and Kareem Hunt, who are perfect fits for Kevin Stefanski’s wide-zone rushing scheme. With a dynamic rushing attack, it will help Mayfield pick apart defenses with a play-action attack.
With all of these players returning, the Browns offense has the potential of becoming a much more efficient and explosive group. Also, the Browns improved at tight end with the signing of Austin Hooper, who will be a more consistent and reliable receiver than Njoku.
Few teams boast the same type of talent at the skills positions the Browns have. With this in mind, Bill Barnwell of ESPN put the Browns offensive weapons at No. 2 in the league, trailing only the defending Super Bowl champion Kansas City Chiefs in his annual offensive weapons rankings.
"The Browns are back toward the top of these rankings for a second consecutive season. There are fair questions about whether their offense will be effective after a disastrous 2019 campaign, but their weapons aren’t the problem. In some places, they’re better than they looked a year ago. Free-agent signing Austin Hooper’s production was inflated by garbage-time numbers in Atlanta, but he is still a significant upgrade on David Njoku.Bill Barnwell, ESPN"
Barnwell also cites the potential of a potent rushing attack with Chubb and Hunt, a backfield that can be a major problem defenses. However, Barnwell did claim Chubb needs to be more efficient in 2020, which is odd considering he was Cleveland’s best offensive player in 2019 and averaged five yards per carry.
The major question for Barnwell is the Browns wide receivers and if they can improve in 2020. But with both Beckham and Landry being hampered by injuries in 2019, there is good reason to believe the Browns passing attack will be better this upcoming season.
With healthy wide receivers and a balanced offense fitting his skills, Cleveland’s weapons should allow Mayfield to excel in a make-or-break season. Cleveland’s new offensive scheme should also make the Browns offense one of the best in the league.
It may be similar to 2019 with the expectations for the Browns, but there is better reason to believe they can reach the expectations in 2020. Last season may have been disappointing for the Browns, but they have a great chance at redemption this upcoming season.