4) Playmakers, At Last
There was a clip from Hard Knocks where Christian Kirksey was heard celebrating the fact that the Browns finally had a playmaker after Jarvis Landry made a great catch in practice. He was right to celebrate, but it’s not just Landry.
This game featured several big plays in key spots from several Browns offensive players. Landry had one of them, with his incredible leaping catch on the Browns final drive of the game. It was initially ruled incomplete but the review showed that Landry made an impressive catch and held on as he went to the ground for a 16-yard gain.
Two plays earlier, Breshard Perriman made an unbelievable toe-tapping catch along the sideline for 19 yards on second down. Imagine thinking Perriman was a playmaker 10 weeks ago.
Antonio Callaway caught four passes including a touchdown while making some solid contributions as a returner too. His rookie campaign has been filled with a fair share of ups and downs but he has an obvious role with this team moving forward.
Even tight end David Njoku – yeah, the same David Njoku who couldn’t catch a cold last year – made a huge play, climbing the ladder to bring down a 42-yard catch in tight coverage, on a late third quarter drive.
Cleveland still could benefit from finding another receiving threat to pair with Landry, but the core group of young talent they have is legit along with Mayfield under center to top it all off.