Cleveland Browns: 2022 Midseason awards highlight MVP and best rookie

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Most reliable player: Amari Cooper, WR

Cleveland’s trade for Amari Cooper is looking more and more like a great move by this front office. The former Dallas Cowboy has gotten off to a fast start with Cleveland with 553 yards on 39 receptions and five touchdowns.

Those numbers have him on pace for one of the best statistical seasons of his career. For example, he’s never caught more than eight touchdowns in a year, and he should crush that mark now.

Beyond the stats though is the eye test and seeing how he’s making things around him even better. The team knows they have an outstanding and reliable wide receiver and that’s something they’ve been searching for over the years. There have been other wide receivers who have come and gone. Jarvis Landry and Odell Beckham Jr. were some of the latest to come through town and while both had their moments, neither did what Cooper is doing now in a Browns uniform.

Cooper has the ability to affect a game in a positive way with his talented skill set as a wideout. But it’s also obvious that he plays the game with a professional demeanor that has him focused and aiming to win games for the team. While Landry and Beckham were good at their craft, they didn’t have that unselfish approach to the game. They have always wanted the media spotlight, while Cooper has just gone along and kept his head down ready for the next play.

The second half of the season could even be better for Cooper as Deshaun Watson makes his first start for Cleveland in a few weeks. Having these two All-Pros playing catch in the near future has Browns fans excited and eager to see how things pan out.