5. Jarvis Landry, WR
Look for the national press to try and make something out of Odell Beckham only coming up with two catches.
Never mind the fact that OBJ’s lifelong friend Jarvis Landry had perhaps his greatest game as a Brown, as he caught eight balls for 167 yards, including a long of 65 on a pass that only trailed through the air 15 yards before the rock found Juice’s hands and his legs took care of the rest.
There’s a sect on Twitter, and it’s a minor sect, that still like to get after Jarvis’ contract. Don’t think you’ll be hearing about that today, though. It’s important to remember that he embraced coming in here in that trade from Dolphins. The mega millions the Browns threw his way didn’t hurt, either.
That said, the guy’s a leader and he wants to win. Remember, it was Landry who scolded the rest of the receivers on “Hard Knocks” last season for not practicing. It shook up the culture of the Browns, which had seen far too many wideouts coast to paychecks while rehabbing soft-tissue injuries.
Now if OBJ gets two catches a game over the course of a few weeks, then you’ve got to wonder if the star wideout will throw a tantrum.
Beckham didn’t his work, today, though, even if it doesn’t show in the box score. He had a physical matchup which climaxed on that quadruple personal foul penalty in the second half. But he commands so much attention, that opportunities became available else where.
And that’s where Mayfield’s at his best: Spreading the ball around and getting everyone involved. Missing accomplished.