This article will examine the wide receiver position group for the 2021 Cleveland Browns.
Jarvis Landry: Drafted by Miami in the second round of the 2014 draft, Landry was traded to the Browns on March 9, 2018. His best year as a Brown was 2019 when he caught 83 passes for 1174 yards and six touchdowns. In 2018, Landry recorded his 427th reception and passed Larry Fitzgerald for most receptions for a player in his first five NFL seasons. In 2019, he recorded his 529th reception breaking the record held by DeAndre Hopkins of most receptions in an NFL player’s first six years. In 2020, Landry was most productive in the second quarter of games. He had 25 receptions for 299 yards for a 12.0 average per catch. When the margin of victory was seven points or less (12 games), Landry caught 40 passes for 454 yards for an 11.4 average.
Odell Beckham, Jr.
Beckham was selected by the New York Giants in the first round of the 2014 draft. On March 13, 2019, Beckham was traded to the Cleveland Browns. In 2019, Beckham had 74 receptions for 1035 yards and four touchdowns. Beckham’s 2020 season ended after he was injured against the Bengals in Week 7. He was most effective in the first halves of games with 17 receptions for 252 yards, three touchdowns for a 14.8 average per catch. Like Jarvis Landry, Beckham was the most productive in the second quarter with 12 receptions for 171 yards, two touchdowns for a 14.3 average per catch.
Higgins was drafted by the Browns in the fifth round of the 2016 draft. As a Brown, he has caught 113 passes for 1615 yards and 11 touchdowns. In 2020, Higgins was productive in the red zone with six receptions for 63 yards and three touchdowns. The second and fourth quarters is where Higgins shined. In the second quarter, he had 10 receptions for 170 yards and three touchdowns. In the fourth quarter, Higgins had 12 receptions for 192 yards and one touchdown. When the margin of victory was seven points or less (11 games), Higgins had 27 receptions for 456 yards and two touchdowns.
Peoples-Jones was drafted by the Browns in the sixth round of the 2020 draft. In 12 games, DPJ had 14 receptions for 304 yards and two touchdowns for a 21.7 average per catch. Peoples-Jones’ most productive quarter was the second quarter where he had six receptions for 160 yards, one touchdown for a 26.7 average per catch. When the margin of victory was seven points or less (nine games), DPJ had 11 receptions for 249 yards, two touchdowns for a 22.6 average per catch.
Schwartz was drafted by the Browns in the third round of the 2021 draft. At Auburn University, he excelled at football and track and field. In 2018, at the under 20 world championships, Schwartz finished second in the 100 meters and was part of the winning 4 x 100 relay team. He finished his career at Auburn with 117 receptions for 1433 yards and ranks 10th in career receptions.
A very versatile and deep wide receiver room. It all starts with the health of OBJ. If he’s ready to go, opposing defenses will have to pay attention to him. Landry is the heart and soul of the Browns and makes a habit of clutch catches. Higgins has proven to be one of Baker Mayfield’s favorite targets and Peoples-Jones showed up to camp this year determined to make his mark. Schwartz has the world class speed to contribute and keep opposing defenses off balance.