When the news broke on Saturday that the Cleveland Browns would be parting ways with receiver Josh Gordon many fans began to panic as they were concerned who would take his place. Enter the next man up, rookie Antonio Callaway. After last week’s game against the Pittsburgh Steelers where Callaway was nonexistent, except for a short kick return, it was doubtful how he would fare this week against the New Orleans Saints.
Callaway did not disappoint, as he put up good numbers by catching three passes for 81 yards and a touchdown. On the touchdown catch he showed his great speed as he was able to get past the defenders on the play and make a finger-tipped catch in the back of the end-zone. Also, in an attempt to get the ball in the hands of this superb playmaker, Callaway ran the ball twice, once gaining 15 yards, the other time losing eight yards.
This was what GM John Dorsey saw in Callaway when the Browns drafted him in the 4th round of the 2018 NFL Draft. If Callaway can stay on a straight path he has a chance to be a big contributor for the Browns for years to come, something we all hoped for from Josh Gordon but never got.
While the outcome of the game was not how any Browns fan would want it to come out, there were some bright spots and Antonio Callaway was one of them. It is important to point out that this was just one game and we should let him do this more often before we fit him for a gold jacket, but he showed some great signs of life in this game.
Hopefully, one day, people will reminisce about Josh Gordon and Antonio Callaway the way they do about Wally Pipp and Lou Gehrig. Pipp was the starting first baseman for the New York Yankees until he got hurt and a young player named Lou Gehrig stepped in for him. Gehrig never looked back and started in 2,130 consecutive games and Pipp is an answer to a trivia question.
Here’s hoping for many more happy returns from Callaway!
— Cleveland Sports Talk (@CLEsportsTalk) September 17, 2018