Some stars emerged as five Cleveland Browns saw their stocks rise following the gut wrenching Week 2 loss to the New Orleans Saints.
Another game without a win for the Cleveland Browns, but there were a few bright spots for a team that pushed a potential NFC Super Bowl contender for 60 minutes.
The game left a bad taste in everyone’s mouth, but try to think ahead to Thursday. If the Browns beat the Jets, Cleveland moves to 1-1-1.
They’d have a record that won’t eliminate them from the playoffs by the end of September. When’s the last time we could say that!
Here’s five players whose stock rose following Week 2.
Antonio Callaway, WR
The rookie rewarded the franchise with a 3-catch, 87-yard performance that included a 47-yard fourth quarter touchdown grab from Tyrod Taylor.
Some of Callaway’s teammates thought Taylor had overthrown his target, and that’s when Callaway hit the next gear, grabbing the ball just in the nick of time while keeping his feet in bounds.
Surely, it’s not fair to expect Callaway to be what Josh Gordon was during his 2013 Pro Bowl season.
But like Gordon in Week 1, Callaway displayed an ability to change the game in the blink of an eye.
He also affords the Browns the ability to stretch the field, although it’s up for offensive coordinator Todd Haley and Taylor to actually try it.
With Callaway going over the top, Jarvis Landry will continue to accumulate catches in traffic over the middle of the field.
Callway’s performance should also put a bow on the flirtation with Dez Bryant. Why bring him here? Let Callaway continue to blossom and dream about what he’ll be with a year of experience under his belt when Baker Mayfield finally takes the reigns of the offense.