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BEREA, Ohio — The Cleveland Browns have questions surrounding their wide receiver, despite returning the entire contingent from the 2020 season. As well as the Browns offense played in 2020, the wide receivers had underwhelming numbers, as a whole.
Heading into the 2020 season, expectations were high as national analysts talked about the Browns as having one of the best tandems in the NFL at wide receiver in Jarvis Landry and Odell Beckham Jr. However, before Beckham Womens Ja’Marcus Bradley Jersey, was lost for the season with a torn ACL, the offense was not hitting on all cylinders. One of the top tasks this offseason is trying to get Beckham fully implemented into the offense.
It appears the Browns are fully committed to Beckham and Landry as they have neither traded or moved on from either during the offseason. A recent PFF ranking had the Browns receivers as the 13th-best in the NFL, while another Red Ja’Marcus Bradley Jersey, national ranking of top duos, did not even have Beckham and Landry listed after last season’s results.
The questions remain as Beckham is coming off a major injury, while Landry is coming off of a subpar season.
Odell Beckham Jr. (Photo: Nick Cammett, Getty)
Here are the wide receivers currently on the roster and expected for training camp:
Jarvis Landry — (5-11, 196, 8th season) — Landry, 28, has been to the Pro Bowl five times. He finished 2020 with 72 receptions for 840 yards, including three touchdowns. Landry has 636 career receptions for 7,026 yards with 35 touchdowns. Landry is under contract for $14.753 million in 2021.
Odell Beckham — (5-11, 198, 8th season) — Beckham, 28, played in just seven games before tearing his ACL against the Bengals in 2020. He had 23 receptions for 319 yards, including three touchdowns. He also had three rushes for 74 yards, including a 50-yard touchdown run against the Cowboys in a win. He has 487 career receptions for 6,830 yards and 51 touchdowns. Beckham is under contract in 2021 for $15.75 million.
Jarvis Landry (Photo: Jason Miller / Contributor, Getty)
Rashard Higgins — (6-1, 198, 6th season) — Higgins, 26, caught 37 passes for 599 yards, including four touchdowns in 2020 in 13 games. In his five seasons with the Browns, Higgins has 113 receptions for 1,615 yards with 11 touchdowns. Higgins signed a one-year contract with the Browns for $2.3 million.
Rashard Higgins (Photo: Scott Galvin, USA TODAY Sports)
KhaDarel Hodge — (6-2, 205, 4th season) — Hodge, 26, caught 11 passes for 180 yards in 2020 and has 17 receptions for 273 yards in his career. Hodge is signed for 2021 for $2.1 million.
Donovan Peoples-Jones — (6-2, 212, 2nd season) — Peoples-Jones, 21, caught 14 passes for 304 yards and two touchdowns. Peoples-Jones’ highlight was a game-winning touchdown catch against the Bengals in the closing seconds. Peoples-Jones is under contract for $826,000 in 2021.
Donovan Peoples-Jones (Photo: Courtesy of the Cleveland Browns)
Alexander Hollins — (6-0, 166, 2nd season) — Hollins, 24, was signed by the Browns off of the Vikings’ practice squad. He has two career Cheap NFL Jerseys Authentic, receptions for 46 yards with the Vikings in 2018. Hollins is under contract for $780,000 in 2021.
Ja’Marcus Bradley — (6-1, 198, 2nd season) — Bradley, 24, signed with the Browns as an undrafted free agent from Louisiana-Lafayette and was on the Browns practice squad. He was promoted for three games and started against the Jets when four wide receivers were out with COVID-19. In that game, Bradley caught five passes for 60 yards. Bradley is under contract for $780,000 in 2021.
JoJo Natson — (5-7, 153, 5th season) — Natson, 27, was signed as a primary returner but tore his ACL after three games. Natson had no receptions and returned one kickoff for 31 yards and three punt returns for 25 yards. He has a career kick return average of 20.9 and a punt return average of 7.7. Natson re-signed with the Browns for $874,000.
Ryan Switzer — (5-9, 183, 5th season) — Switzer, 26, spent the majority of the season on the practice squad. Switzer is under contract in 2021 for $920,000.
Derrick Willies — (6-4, 207, 3rd season) — Willies, 26, was signed to the practice squad during the season and appeared in one game with no receptions. He has three career receptions for 61 yards. Willies is under contract in 2021 for $780,000.
Anthony Schwartz — (6-0, 186, rookie season) — Schwartz, 20, was the Browns’ third-round draft pick in the 2021 NFL Draft from Auburn. Schwartz is still unsigned.
The Browns have their top six wide receivers from the start of the 2020 season under contract. In addition, they have brought back four players from the practice squad to make for a very competitive training camp and preseason. In addition, they drafted the fastest player in the 2021 NFL Draft in Schwartz. The Browns kept six receivers on the roster in 2020, but lost Natson after three games and Beckham after seven games. Bradley and Willies contributed off of the practice squad, later in the season.
After Beckham’s season was lost due to his season-ending injury, he had to watch the offense come together and make a playoff run. By all indications, Beckham is well on his way to being ready to go for training camp and certainly for the start of the season. Since he has joined the Browns, Beckham has insisted that he wants to win more than anything else. It had to be very difficult for him to see the Browns go on to an 11-5 season and get a playoff win before coming up a touchdown short of advancing to the AFC Championship.
Beckham saw how the offense clicked in the second half of the season and would think he would want to come back in 2021 and fit into the offense and to add another weapon for Baker Mayfield and the offense, especially the deep threat the Browns did not have in the second half of the season and the playoffs.
Time will tell.
Landry should benefit from Beckham’s return and might be able to be used in the slot and in underneath routes over the middle, where he is more effective. By drafting wide receiver Anthony Schwartz, the Browns have a legitimate 4.25 speedster, who can take the top off, as well. JoJo Natson was re-signed after tearing his ACL early in the season.
Besides being a return man, Natson was being used in jet sweeps in the offense but was lost for the season in the third game. With the addition of Schwartz and running back/wide receiver Demetric Felton, Natson might have a tough time making the roster.
Peoples-Jones, in his second season, showed promise in a limited role. He should be ready for a bigger role, as well. Higgins has been a solid, reliable target for Mayfield and stepped in very well as the starter when Beckham was lost for the season.
Many forget that Hodge was the third receiver behind Beckham and Landry to start the season, due mainly to his downfield blocking. He also had some big catches.
In 2020, the Browns did not have any Pro Bowl level play by any of their wide receivers and still won 12 games, including the playoff win.
The receivers should be more effective in 2021, which should bode well for the 2021 offense.
Landry was under 1,000 yards for the first time in his career, since his rookie season, while Beckham’s season was the second-lowest production in his career, even though his season, for the most part, lost.
I look for either Beckham or Landry or both, to come back and have bounce-back seasons.
Projected Depth Chart and Statistical Projections
1. — Jarvis Landry — (85 receptions, 1,050 yards, four touchdowns)
2. — Odell Beckham — (80 receptions, 1,200 yards, six touchdowns) (8 rushes, 100 yards)
3. — Rashard Higgins — (48 receptions, 800 yards, five touchdowns)
4. — Donovan Peoples-Jones — (25 receptions, 400 yards, three touchdowns)
5. — KhaDarel Hodge — (12 receptions, 240 yards, one touchdown)
6 — Anthony Schwartz — (20 receptions, 300 yards, two touchdowns) (15 rushes, 130 yards)