New Brown superstar Odell Beckham Jr. has not yet reached his full potential as an NFL wide receiver, and he has stated that he would not have found the highlight of his game if he had stayed with the New York Giants.
Brown's Receivers coach Adam Henry also said he was convinced that Beckham's best football was in front of him. It is planned that Beckham will be the best version of himself in Cleveland, after General Director John Dorsey took over in March with a blockbuster business.
In this case, the Browns may very well have the No. 1 receiving corps in the league, with Jarvis Landry, Antonio Callaway and Rashard Higgins joining Beckham as the group's well-known names.
Beckham's chemistry with quarterback Baker Mayfield, however, will be of paramount importance. Its development will be one of the main storylines of the training camp, which opens on Thursday.
Beckham's lack of public support for Giants quarterback Eli Manning made headlines last year. Beckham said he wanted deeper goals from Manning.
The good news is that Mayfield showed a penchant for attacking defenses vertically, and that his accuracy was excellent on deep balls.
ProFootballFocus.com defines a big goal. Time casting as a temporary attempt at the highest point of difficulty and value in his rating system. Mayfield had more big-time throws than rookie last season than Manning in any season since 201
Mayfield's passer rating for throws of 20 yards or more last season was 107.6. He also had the third best accuracy rate (51.4 percent) on low passes last year. According to PFF, Manning's pass ratings for the last three seasons have been 86.7 in 2018, 38.8 in 2017 and 60.8 in 2016.
The 26-year-old Beckham had a rating of PFF made an accurate pass (on frame or in Stride) way to only 50 percent of its goals in the past year. He only had three lost passes on 80 catchable passes.
In the second half of last season, Mayfield finished fourth in the NFL in the exact casting rate, following only Tom Brady of the New England Patriots, Drew Brees of the New Orleans Saints and Patrick Mahomes of the Kansas City Chiefs. Even without Beckham, who consistently received deep and accurate goals from Manning, the three-time Pro Bowl recipient often dominated in the past five seasons when he was healthy. His five-year PFF rating ranks sixth among the 47 recipients with at least 2,000 ridden routes. His run of 2.4 yards per route is the fifth best among the receivers with at least 500 routes in the last five seasons.
In the past season, Beckham's overall PFF ranked fourth among 117 qualified receivers. Landry was 33rd, Higgins 57th, and Callaway 79th.
Health is always crucial to the success of a football team, but Beckham is the elephant in the room because he missed 16 games in the past two seasons. He had 77 receptions for 1,052 yards and six touchdowns in the past season, before he squandered the last four games with a blue quadriceps. A broken ankle limited him to four games in 2017. The only season of his career he finished without receiving 1,000 yards. He had 25 catches for 302 yards and three TDs.
If he continues to play, it would not be an exaggeration if the Browns had the league's most talented reception corps, as it did last summer, when the often-suspended Josh Gordon voiced it a few months before Dorsey cut him. –
A four-time Pro Bowler, Landry, 26, takes second place after PFF in missed duels that have been forced by a receiver since 2014. Beckham is third in the category. Only the Giants' Golden Tate has more than them.
Landry's connection to Mayfield took some time to build, in part because Mayfield did not receive any snaps from the first team at last year's training camp and only started in week 4. In the first half of the season, Landry scored 55 passes ( 24 for first downs) at 92 hits. In the second half, Landry assembled 26 receptions (20 for first downs) on 45 goals. He finished the race with 81 catches for 976 yards, both team best and four TDs.
Although Beckham and Landry are the starters, Callaway (22) and Higgins (24) should also be able to deal damage to the defense.  Callaway was a draft pick in 2018 in the fourth round, scoring 43 catches for 586 yards. A team high five received TDs as a rookie. Of the 43 catches from Callaway went 27 for the first defeats and brought David Njoku behind Landry in second place. Callaway's 287 deep reception halls were ranked fourth among the newcomers, according to PFF.
Although three games were missed with one injured knee, Higgins scored 39 catches for 572 yards and four TDs after dovetailing with Mayfield during the quarterback's first ever NFL camp. When Mayfield played, Higgins hit 78.6 percent of his goals with a pass rating of 126.9. His low-pass reception rate (69.2 percent) took third place in the league last season, followed by Tyler Lockett of the Seattle Seahawks and Michael Thomas of the Saints.
Higgins has the incentive to continue to improve. Dorsey has kept him as a restricted free agent this year, but it is planned for him to be fully open in March. Damion Ratley, a 2018 six-round strike, Derrick Willies, Jaelen Strong, Blake Jackson and uncovered rookies Ishmael Hyman, Dorian Baker and Damon Sheehy-Guiseppi, a return specialist, are among the participants.
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