Cleveland Browns Super Bowl hopes: Revamp WR corps
It’s no secret that the Browns fielded one of the worst wide receiver units in the entire NFL in 2021. That was due to bad quarterback play and just bad receivers. Not a single team was threatened by the Browns receiving corps as none of them could stretch the field.
You can point the finger and place blame on whoever you want and you won’t necessarily be wrong, but at the end of the day the Odell Beckham Jr. experiment simply didn’t work out for the Browns. He was supposed to be the piece that would propel them to higher heights and instead, he ended up forcing his way out of Cleveland and wound up getting a Super Bowl ring with the Rams. Good for OBJ.
You don’t have to like how the situation ended, but please don’t act as if he should be loyal to a team, especially if he’s unhappy. Would you stick around at a job you didn’t particularly like and are unhappy with just to prove loyalty to someone? Think about that and the fact that owners cut players all the time and we never bat an eye, so loyalty isn’t a two-way street, especially in professional sports.
Back to reality. Jarvis Landry cannot possibly be on the roster with his contract (over $16 million due in 2022) and his diminishing skillset. Before you start with the “He changed the culture!” narrative, stop. Did he help change the culture? Sure. But we were all hoodwinked and bamboozled at his speech on HBO’s “Hard Knocks.”
There’s no way that was real. Trust me, I believed it was as well, but let’s be honest with ourselves. The premise was losing was not acceptable, yet the Browns have had one winning season with Landry as one of the leaders.
Donovan Peoples-Jones is improving each year, so he will be on the roster and should continue to ascend as long as the quarterback situation is fixed. Anthony Schwartz was very underwhelming in his rookie campaign, so hopefully, he can be better in Year Two. Rashard Higgins is set to hit free agency and it’s hard to imagine he will return as he seemingly disappeared from the rotation in the second half of 2021.
You can expect Andrew Berry to be aggressive in free agency and the draft to improve the wide receiver room.