3 early standouts at Cleveland Browns OTAs
By Randy Gurzi
2. Browns WR, Elijah Moore
As good as Amari Cooper and Donovan Peoples-Jones were for the Browns in 2022, the wide receiver corps was still missing something. They had the ability to move the ball methodically and while there was the occasional explosive play, they didn't have that deep threat who could stretch the defense or take a small slant pass and turn it into something huge.
That's why they sent the No. 42 overall pick in the 2023 NFL Draft to the New York Jets to bring in Elijah Moore — as well as the No. 74 selection. A former second-round pick out of Ole Miss, Moore is a dynamic playmaker who is electric with the ball in his hands.
His addition has generated a lot of excitement — even to the point that we're all getting fired up about passes in shorts and no pads. Of course, it's hard not to enjoy this when you see that Deshaun Watson is not only looking for him constantly, but they're already looking to have a decent rapport.
Moore had 80 receptions for 984 yards and six touchdowns in his first two seasons in the league. But he's never been a full-time starter and has had some rough quarterback play during his time with the Jets.
Watson is a far superior passer than Zach Wilson, Mike White, or Joe Flacco. That, coupled with the fact that he's not in the coach's dog house for whatever reason, should help him make the most out of this second chance.