Cleveland Browns dream scenario No. 4: Amari Cooper, rest of WRs have great seasons
Having Amari Cooper join the team this offseason in the trade with the Dallas Cowboys could end up being one of the biggest reasons the Browns return to the playoffs. Former wide receivers Jarvis Landry and Odell Beckham Jr. are out and Cooper is here to save the day. At least that’s the dream. Cooper is definitely a No. 1 receiver as he’s produced some solid numbers over the course of his career.
With the return of Donovan Peoples-Jones and Anthony Schwartz, Cleveland has some nice potential at the position moving forward. I’m really excited to see how David Bell, the rookie out of Purdue steps in and plays as a rookie.
He was a catching machine in college. In three seasons with the Boilermakers, he had 232 receptions. Last season he collected 93 catches for 1,286 yards. He had two games of collecting over 217 yards. He tallied four games of 10 catches or more.
If Bell can produce half of those numbers in the NFL on a consistent basis, Browns fans will be very happy.
Also, this season the wide receiver room has an opportunity to establish a new identity after having been the Jarvis Landry and Odell Beckham Jr. show — which was often times a real downer because both players required constant pampering and extra care not to hurt their sensitive feelings.
Cooper hasn’t always been the primary guy on his previous teams so there will be a new type of pressure on the young player but considering Cooper’s easy demeanor and hard-nosed approach to winning football I think he’ll handle the pressure well. Hopefully, that type of focus on winning will help this part of the team.
It would also be nice in a dream scenario if the Browns receivers contributed more overall on the offense. Peoples Jones led the team in receiving with 597 yards. Could we get a receiver to get over 1,000 yards? Cooper will have the best chance — he did recently have 1,114 yards in 2020 with Andy Dalton, Garrett Gilbert, and Ben DiNucci throwing him the ball for much of the year. Cleveland will need that type of contribution if they are eyeing a playoff appearance.