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1 Reason Browns Receiver Jarvis Landry was so Awful in 2019

1 Reason Browns Receiver Jarvis Landry was so Awful in 2019

After a miserable 0-16 season in 2017, the Cleveland Browns truly looked like they were turning things around. Young QB Baker Mayfield showed up in a big way for Cleveland and nearly led them to a .500 record in 2018, finishing 7-8-1. Mayfield, Nick Chubb, and Jarvis Landry formed a trio that could consistently move the ball downfield. The defense had its issues, but finished higher than last place in the division for a change.

Offseason moves brought Giants stud Odell Beckham Jr. to Cleveland, and the team was suddenly poised to make a run at the playoffs. Landry and OBJ presented one of the scariest receiver duos in the league going into Week 1. Unfortunately, things never clicked for the Browns, and they experienced another disappointing season. A 6-10 record is better than nine of their past 11 seasons, but fans were expecting better. If they made any headlines this season, it was likely for the ugly brawl that resulted in $700,000 in fines. The Browns remain a high-talent team, and stud WR Jarvis Landry still turned heads every single week.

Jarvis Landry’s down year by the numbers

Browns receiver Jarvis Landry had a lackluster season (for him) based on some of the stats. Now we have an explanation for why.
Jarvis Landry. | Nick Cammett/Diamond Images via Getty Images

The Browns’ 2019 was disappointing, but fans can find some solace in Jarvis Landry’s injury-plagued stats. By most numbers, Landry played almost as well in 2019 as the previous year. 

His per-game stats declined slightly because he started more games, but he still topped 1,100 yards receiving to finish in the top 10 receivers. Fans knew something was wrong, though. Despite his consistently strong play, Landry only broke 100 yards in two games, something he accomplished four times the year prior. Landry also only found one rushing carry this year. In 2018, he mixed into the run game on occasion, scoring a game-deciding 51-yard TD run in a win against the Panthers. In 2019 he only carried the ball once for 10 yards.

Jarvis Landry’s nagging injuries

The Browns’ fears were confirmed when Landry announced recently that he’s been playing with a fractured vertebra. He recently announced that he is still weighing the pros and cons of offseason surgery. Whether surgery is required or not, it’s a plus for Browns’ fans that the injury is public knowledge. 

Whichever coach moves onto the hot seat following Freddie Kitchens will need to figure out how best to handle the situation. Shoulder and hip injuries have nagged Landry throughout the season, but he still managed impressive output. As the new coach comes into Cleveland and works out next year’s strategy, they will hopefully have a healthy Landry in the mix. Mayfield has demonstrated throwing talent, and Beckham is still one of the most dynamic receivers in the league. The Browns have all the weapons they need to find themselves in the thick of the playoff race next year.

The Browns’ future with Landry and the offense

Luckily for Cleveland, the core of the team appears strong going into 2020. Mayfield, Chubb, Landry, and Beckham seem committed to another strong season. Rumblings of Beckham’s desire to leave Cleveland don’t appear to be making anything happen so far, but the situation is worth keeping an eye on. 

Likely NFL MVP Lamar Jackson’s Baltimore Ravens will be a tough opponent for years to come. However, four games a year against today’s Steelers and Bengals should buoy the Browns’ record enough to make the playoffs soon. Cleveland probably still can’t stack up with the real powerhouse teams of the AFC, but a healthy Landry could give the Browns a legitimate shot at a playoff run.

In 2018, Cleveland demonstrated a commitment to winning soon by trading for Jarvis Landry. The team took Mayfield and Chubb in the draft, and both selections have paid off big. The addition of Beckham in 2019 should have put the team over the top, but questionable coaching and Landry playing below capacity shifted the window to next year. While “next year” is a common refrain with Cleveland football fans, this time, there might be some truth to it.