3 numbers to target for Browns receiver Jarvis Landry in 2019
Last season, Jarvis Landry was crucial to the revitalization of the Cleveland Browns. Baker Mayfield and Landry helped change the culture in Cleveland in just one offseason.
As we all know, when talking football with friends, a joke about the Browns is bound to come up. Last season though, those jokes became old news with the team looking like it was taking a step forward.
The Browns ended the year at 7-8-1, but people would’ve thought that they won 10 games by the way fans were celebrating. But the fans deserved to do so as they have gone year after year of disappointment, but finally, there’s hope.
This offseason, Cleveland has gone from an up and coming team to a legit contender in some people’s eyes. That is due to the team acquiring Odell Beckham Jr. to line up next to Landry.
Of course, Landry played alongside Beckham Jr. at LSU before both of them entered the NFL in 2014. Now, both of them will suit up for the Browns and throw it back to their days at LSU.
With the addition of Beckham Jr., what could Landry’s numbers look like in the upcoming season? Here are three numbers to target for Jarvis Landry in 2019.
3. 90 Receptions
Before being traded to the Browns last offseason, Landry played with the Miami Dolphins for four seasons. In Miami, Landry was a receptions monster, averaging 100 catches in every season with the Dolphins.
Coming to Cleveland, people expected his numbers to remain the same, but that wasn’t entirely the case. Landry would finish the 2018 season with 81 receptions—a career-low for the talented wideout.
Now, with Beckham Jr. in the mix, people may believe that Landry’s numbers may decline in 2019. Although, having an unstoppable receiver like Beckham Jr. can actually make it easier on the receivers around him. Therefore, we could very well see Landry inch closer to 100 receptions again by bringing in 90 receptions in 2019.
2. 1,000 Receiving Yards
Surprisingly, Landry only has two seasons where he has eclipsed the 1,000-yards mark. Entering his sixth season, Landry is hoping to get back on track in the yards department.
Over his career, Landry has never wowed with his yards per reception or big plays. Landry has done the majority of his work on short and intermediate routes—which will complement Beckham Jr. well.
Although, Landry (until last year) hasn’t played with a quarterback like Mayfield who likes taking shots downfield. As Mayfield and Landry continue building their chemistry, they’ll begin connecting on more and more passes.
With this in mind, Landry should easily be in line to surpass 1,000 receiving yards in 2019 for the third time in his career.
1. 8 Touchdowns
Another stat that has never really resonated with Landry is touchdowns. During his tenure with the Dolphins, Landry averaged nearly six touchdowns every season.
Last season with the Browns, the Pro Bowl wide receiver had just four touchdowns in his first season in Cleveland. That number should rise in 2019 with more opportunities to score for everybody in the offense.
Freddie Kitchens was hired on as the head coach after spending last year as the offensive coordinator of the Browns. This year, Kitchens is likely to add more wrinkles to his offense with the new weapons that were added.
Mayfield also enters his second season in the NFL and is expected to improve as a quarterback. In addition, teams are likely going to pinpoint where Beckham Jr. is on every play—especially in the red zone. This leaves more opportunities for guys like Landry to get into the end zone.
Eight touchdowns may be a bold prediction based off of Landry’s career so far, but Landry is talented enough to improve his game in every facet possible.