Cleveland Browns: 5 players whose stock dropped against Texans

Cleveland Browns Antonio Callaway (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)
Cleveland Browns Antonio Callaway (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images) /
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Cleveland Browns Antonio Callaway (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images) /

4. Antonio Callaway, WR

As Antonio Callaway fumbled the ball on the 1-yard line in the second half, squandering the sim chances the Browns had of getting back into this contest, I immediately though of Rashard Higgins.

Higgins, as you’ll remember, committed a costly fumble in last season’s finale against the Pittsburgh Steelers, sealing the Browns “perfect” season.

Callaway now, like Higgins then, was trying to make something extra happen.

That enthusiasm, although meant to do good, ended up hurting the team in the grand scheme of things.

However, I look to Higgins this year, who’s become a solid NFL wideout. And there’s times I’ve seen him make catches and get some tough extra yards without coughing up the ball. I can’t help but wonder if the lessons he learned on that costly fumble in Heinz Field stick with him.

Hopefully, Callaway learned something here, because he’s going to have more opportunities to make more big plays, ideally, when the Browns are contending for the playoffs next season.

I thought he also should’ve come back to the ball on Mayfield’s pick-6. You can wait for the ball in college. That doesn’t fly in the pros. Go get it, Antonio.

Maybe Callaway learned something that can be applied in the future, whether that’s taking care of the ball or going down at the 1, or helping out your quarterback.

Callaway  was targeted six times. He had three catches for 84 yards.

It’s important to remember Callaway is still learning the ropes, having not played football at all in 2017.

He’s not a No.1 receiver, but he can certainly be a valued contributor to a future AFC North contender.