Reason No. 3 for Cleveland Browns to sign Williams: Big play threat
We saw it all season long, that despite the Browns having an excellent running attack on offense, the team still had trouble moving the ball with any consistency. Opponents weren’t scared of their passing attack and the receivers they had. They would crowd the line of scrimmage and dare Cleveland to try and run and force Mayfield into trying to win the game with his arm.
That’s why this offseason the team has been linked to possibly drafting a top-rated college wide receiver prospect at the No. 13 spot in the NFL Draft in April. There are several wide receivers that could help the Browns almost instantly. But they’d be a rookie and one doesn’t know for sure what they’re getting and how the player’s game will transition in the NFL until they actually start playing the games.
Williams wouldn’t be a rookie. He’d be in his sixth season and could be that spark to a very old and cranky car engine that just needs a boost. Williams was 10th in the league with catches over 20 yards with 17 of them. He led the NFL with nine catches over 40 yards.
He had his longest reception of 72 yards against the Browns in that midseason game out in LA when the Browns lost a barn burner 47-42. He had his second touchdown late in that game as well going for 42 yards.
Regardless of if Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield is here or not come the regular season, Williams would provide the quarterback a down-the-field magnet. Mayfield has a big arm and can launch it so if the Browns front office could somehow work their magic and convince Williams that the offense and Mayfield would be in good shape if he were to join them then maybe the signing of Williams wouldn’t be that hard to imagine.