Where was Jordan Leslie during Cleveland Browns WR debacle?

TAMPA, FL - AUGUST 26: Wide receiver Jordan Leslie
TAMPA, FL - AUGUST 26: Wide receiver Jordan Leslie /

Why wasn’t Jordan Leslie utilized more during the Cleveland Browns loss to Colts, in which receivers failed QB DeShone Kizer?

Cleveland Browns receiver Jordan Leslie made the catch of the game for a receiving corps that many members of the Dawg Pound are ready to send to the Canadian Football League.

On his only target of the game, Leslie went full-blown OBJ, making a one-handed catch on the 1-yard line.

It was the lone bright spot as fellow teammates Kenny Britt, Ricardo Louis and Rashard Higgins constantly let rookie quarterback DeShone Kizer down.

Pro Football Focus only credited the Browns with three drops, while ESPN Cleveland’s Tony Grossi counted seven. Grossi is a more accurate source here. Go back and re-watch the game. Not all of Kizer’s throws were great. At times, he was behind his receivers, but none-the-less, these so-called pass catchers are putting hands on the balls.

It’s long been said in NFL circles. If you can put hands on it, it’s a catchable ball.

So where was Jordan Leslie?

Of the Browns 77 offensive snaps, Lesslie, who was just signed earlier in the week, was only on the field for 21 plays. TWENTY-ONE-PLAYS.

Kizer was 22-of-47 for 242 yards in defeat. His wide receivers aided him with a 6 for 22 catch percentage, according to Grossi.


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This isn’t to make Leslie Odell Beckham Jr. He doesn’t have to be. We’re at the point in Cleveland where were just looking for guys to be dependable. Think Jim Leonhard fielding punts during the 2014 season. His one job was not to drop the ball.

That’s the state of Browns’ receivers.

Why Leslie wasn’t part of the plan is unexplainable. He was in camp, knows the offensive, and was the most productive receiver during the preseason. What does the guy have to do to take reps away from Kenny Britt?

Leslie started the second half on the field, but would come out every other play, according to Grossi.

The Browns receiving corps has now become the focal point of disfunction on a team that is 1-18 dating back to last season.

In a league where throwing and catching the ball led to the invention of the biggest thing going on TV–The Redzone Channel–the Browns have failed to figure it out.

They may be on to something with Kizer, but until they fix the receiver position, I’m not sure how this team wins a game in 2017.

No, I can’t believe I just wrote that, but this is the state of the franchise right now.

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Nothing left to say but “On to Cincinnati,” a team that boasts one of the best receivers of the decade in A.J. Green.