Cleveland Browns star wide receiver Jarvis Landry will be ready for the season.
The Cleveland Browns activated wide receiver Jarvis Landry from the Physically Unable to Perform list on Saturday, the team announced Saturday. The Browns also activated safety Karl Joseph and tight end Pharaoh Brown from the PUP list.
Landry had offseason hip surgery after dealing with the nagging injury throughout the 2019 season. Although he opted against the surgery initially in January, Landry felt the only to way to truly heal from the injury was with surgery. The 27-year-old underwent the procedure on February 4.
Despite the injury, Landry still managed to eclipse 1,000 yards on the season. He did not seem hindered on the field, but it was clear the injury took away from Landry’s performance. Landry told NFL.com in January he believes he would have reached 1,500 yards had he been healthy.
Landry has been the Browns leading receiver in both of his seasons wearing the brown and orange. In his two seasons with the Browns, Landry has caught 164 receptions for 2,150 yards and 10 touchdowns.
Since being selected in the second round of the 2014 NFL Draft, Landry has never missed a game, playing in all 96 games of his career. He has established himself as a reliable player, on and off the field.
Landry being healthy for training camp will be extremely important considering it will be the first time the Browns have practiced on the field under Kevin Stefanski. With such a short time until the season, the Browns and their starters need as much on-field time they can get in order to become comfortable and fluent in Stefanski’s scheme.
Joseph being activated off the PUP list before camp is also extremely important considering he will likely be the starting strong safety during the regular season. Although he is in his first season with the Browns, Joseph could also emerge with a big role in the regular season.
With inexperience at linebacker, Joseph could emerge as the on-field quarterback for the Browns defense. He may be learning all of his new teammates’ tendencies, as well as the scheme of Joe Woods, but his experience could be needed for the Browns to ensure the defense is aligned properly.
Brown will be competing for one of the tight end jobs and will likely slot in as the No. 3 tight end due to his strength as a blocker. With Stefanski’s reliance on 12-personnel, it would not be surprising if the Browns carry four tight ends. So even though Brown is in position to be the No. 3 tight end, he will still have to prove himself in the competition during training camp .