The Cleveland Browns signed wide receiver Amari Cooper this offseason in order to bolster a wideout core that was certainly depleted. A lot of people may argue that the group is still weak even after a big-time addition like Cooper.
This was clear in the Week One game against the Carolina Panthers, despite the win. Cooper was targeting six times, only with three receptions for 19 yards. Those are terrible numbers for someone so talented.
Now, of course, not all of this is his fault. Quarterback Jacoby Bressett struggled with ball placement even if Cooper was open more times than not.
It’s that classic saying of, “It’s a two-way street. No matter how open Amari gets, the quarterback has to get him the football in an accurate spot in order for him to catch it. That’s simple football logic.
Last Sunday, Bressett overall went 18/34 (52.9%) for 147 yards and a touchdown. It was enough for a victory, but that would most often result in a loss for your average game. The Browns are lucky to have the best running back duo in football leading the charge.
I’ve said this in previous articles and I’ll say it again. Teams are going to start keying in on the run when defending the Browns. They are simply going to make Bressett earn it with his arm and that’s a scary thought.
Thus, it’s receivers like Cooper that need to step up and make those big plays in order for the Browns to continue winning.
Cooper has over 1,000 yards in four of his seasons as well as 520 career receptions. This former Cowboy/Ram has proven in his past of his capabilities. It’s just a matter of it working here in Cleveland.
Ultimately, there is going to be a time when the running game is not working and Cooper and company are going to need to produce at a top level.
The Browns not may be extremely tested against a team like the Jets, but that won’t always be the case. Start to make those connections and find that synergy before it’s too late.
From a football standpoint, we all wish it was Deshaun Watson under center. Since the isn’t the case, the team will have to make due with what they have in Brissett and try and utilize him in the best ways possible.
Hopefully, it leads to wins aplenty and some great football over the course of the coming weeks and months.
Go Browns and beat the Jets!