After many years, the Josh Gordon experiment ultimately failed and he is now on to the New England Patriots. Rookie Baker Mayfield is the starting quarterback for the Browns and beating the New York Jets at home was one thing, but winning on the road against a team like the Oakland Raiders is an entirely different ballgame.
With Gordon gone, wide receiver Antonio Callaway & tight end David Njoku are going to have to start producing more if the Browns want to continue winning more than just a single game. On the year, Antonio Callaway has seven receptions for 101 yards and a single touchdown. Njoku has nine receptions for 69 yards and no touchdowns.
Jarvis Landry and Rashard Higgins lead the team with 278 and 117 yards receiving, but it is going to take a group effort in order for sustained success throughout the rest of the season, especially sans Gordon. I look for big performances from both the aforementioned wide out and tight end this week and beyond.
The Browns are seemingly making progress and are heading in the right direction with their 1-1-1 recording heading into Week 4. With Baker Mayfield starting as I had always wanted, I see no reason why this team should not start to win even more games throughout the rest of the season, especially against a team that is 0-3.
Simply put, when the proper quarterback is in place, albeit Mayfield still has a lot to prove, it makes everyone around him that much better. Callaway and Njoku will be the beneficiaries of that luxury.
Winning a second-consecutive game, this time on the road would be a huge even if it comes against the 0-3 Raiders. Also, for Head Coach Hue Jackson to get a win back where he used to coach in Oakland would be nice, as well.
Mayfield will lead these receivers down the field against a horrid Raiders’ secondary, which has allowed 312 yards passing per game to start the year. I look forward to watching this match-up as the Browns look to improve on their unique record.