Landry has been held out of spring practices with a minor injury, Nate Ulrich of The Akron Beacon Journal reports. Landry continues to attend practice as an on-field spectator, while close friend and new teammate Odell Beckham has mostly elected to work out on his own. It will be difficult to match last year's mark of 149 targets with Beckham on the team, but Landry should make up for some of the likely volume loss with improved efficiency, following a 2018 campaign with just 6.6 yards per target and a career-low 54.4 percent catch rate. Landry and Beckham should have plenty of time to build chemistry with quarterback Baker Mayfield this summer.
Landry will be reunited with college teammate and close friend Odell Beckham what projects to be an improved Cleveland offense in 2019, Mary Kay Cabot of The Cleveland Plain Dealer reports. Beckham's presence will shift defensive attention away from Landry and presumably allow for improved efficiency, but there almost certainly will be a trade-off in terms of volume after Landry drew 149 targets in his first year with the Browns. Given his career-worst 54.3 percent catch rate last season, Landry theoretically could improve on his 81-976-4 receiving line even if he loses a sizable chunk of his targets. It's also a good bet there will be more touchdowns to go around in quarterback Baker Mayfield's second season.
Landry hauled in five of his nine targets for 102 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 26-24 loss to the Ravens. Landry capped the season on a strong note, recording at least 100 receiving yards for only the second time since Week 3. The highlight of his performance came on a 48-yard play that resulted in his fourth touchdown reception of the campaign. While his catch rate dipped from previous seasons, Landry maintained a strong target share and also averaged at least 12 yards per reception over the course of a season for only the second time in his career. With Cleveland's quarterback situation now clearly settled, Landry should continue to put up strong numbers as the team's likely leading receiver in 2019.
Landry hauled in four of eight targets for 47 yards, adding six rushing yards and a 63-yard pass to Breshad Perriman during Sunday's 26-18 win against the Bengals. The 26-year-old wideout was rock solid and reliable to start the season, exceeding 65 receiving yards or delivering a touchdown in four of his first five outings of 2018. However, he's only been able to repeat the feat in three of the subsequent 10 games. Landry has been wholly inconsistent down the stretch, scoring just one touchdown since Week 8, and posting just as many double-digit PPR outings (three) as performances with fewer than seven points over Cleveland's past six showings. Due to a monstrous workload of 9.3 targets per game, it seems like a matter of time until Landry breaks out. But that remains unlikely to happen in Week 17, considering the Browns wrap up the season against Baltimore's top-five pass defense (199 yards allowed per game).
Landry corralled three of eight targets for 37 yards during Saturday's 17-16 win over the Broncos. Landry's 37 receiving yards may not seem like much at first glance, but it was enough to lead the Browns. Baker Mayfield threw for only 188 yards on 18 completions, as receptions were hard to come by against the Broncos secondary. Landry is still seeing a healthy amount of targets week in and week out, though he's not doing much with them. He has three catches or fewer in four of his last five contests. Next Sunday's game against the Bengals should prove an easy matchup, though, meaning a big performance could be on Landry's horizon.
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|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|2||09/17||@New York Jets||32||27.38|
|3||09/23||Los Angeles Rams||19||22.05|
|5||10/08||@San Francisco 49ers||30||26.13|
|8||10/27||@New England Patriots||14||21.68|
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|3 Year Avg||147||96||1033||6||52||10.76||137|