Jarvis Landry is no longer the Cleveland Browns’ No. 1 receiver, as the Browns went out and landed Odell Beckham Jr. this offseason.
But while Landry’s numbers may dip, his overall impact on the game may end up growing, as now, defenses have to worry about two bona fide wide outs in Cleveland’s aerial attack.
Landry is coming off of a 2018 campaign in which he hauled in 81 receptions for 976 yards and four touchdowns en route to a Pro Bowl, but he’ll probably gladly sacrifice some targets in order to win.
So, here are three last-minute predictions for Landry heading into 2019.
3. His Targets Will Drop Significantly
Landry has always been among the league leaders in targets.
In 2018, he was targeted 149 times, good for 10th in the NFL. Two seasons ago, he was targeted 161 times, which ranked third. He also led the league with 112 catches in 2017.
But now that Beckham is aboard, Landry will probably see his targets dip quite a bit.
It’s not just Beckham, either. The Browns also have Rashard Higgins and Antonio Callaway (when he gets back from his four-game suspension), not to mention tight end David Njoku.
Plus, once Kareem Hunt returns from his eight-game ban, he will represent a pass-catching threat out of the backfield.
The Browns have so many options in the passing game that it will be hard to imagine Landry amassing 130 targets for the fourth straight year in 2019.
2. He Will Be More Efficient
Landry catches a lot of passes, but he doesn’t really rack up a ton of yards.
The year he paced the NFL with 112 receptions, he only totaled 987 receiving yards, putting him at 8.8 yards per catch. For his career, Landry averages a very modest 10.4 yards per grab.
But the thing is, Landry has never really played with any other top-flight receivers.
Now that he is playing with Beckham, the field should open up for Landry, as he won’t see those double teams and should be able to rip off more yardage in single coverage.
He may not post the same types of numbers in terms of volume, but he’ll make more out of his chances than he has in the past.
1. He’ll Won’t Make the Pro Bowl
Landry has made four consecutive Pro Bowl appearances, but that streak will come to an end in 2019.
First of all, a legitimate argument can be made that while Landry’s 2018 campaign was good, it wasn’t Pro Bowl-caliber, and second, he is no longer even the best receiver on his own team.
DeAndre Hopkins, Antonio Brown, Tyreek Hill, Keenan Allen, and JuJu Smith-Schuster all made the AFC Pro Bowl roster along with Landry in 2018, and it’s hard to imagine those guys missing it this time around.
But Beckham seems much more likely to earn a trip to the Pro Bowl than Landry, so he could very well end up replacing him on the roster this time around.
It just does not seem all that probable that Landry will put up the types of numbers needed to make the Pro Bowl this season.