Jarvis Landry has historically been a high-volume, low efficiency wide receiver. Unfortunately, the arrival of Kevin Stefanski in Cleveland means high volume only exists in the running game. That means Landry is no longer more than a No. 3 receiver you should draft in Round 7 in PPR, even later in non-PPR. Even with Odell Beckham injured last year, Landry set career lows in targets, receptions and touchdowns. With Beckham expected back in 2021, it's hard to project Landry for better than he did in 2020; in fact, you should probably expect worse on a per-game basis.
Landry and Odell Beckham (knee) are locked in atop the Browns' depth chart at wide receiver heading into training camp, Andrew Gribble of the Browns' official site reports. With Beckham's rehab from an ACL tear reportedly ahead of schedule, Landry likely will have to share the stage again, following a busy finish to the 2020 campaign. Even with the late flurry, Landry finished the year with career lows for targets (101), receptions (72) and receiving touchdowns (three). To be fair, he had major hip surgery last offseason and likely wasn't back at full strength until November or December, if at all. This time around, it's Beckham coming back from major surgery, while Landry appears to have enjoyed a healthy offseason.
Landry caught seven of 10 targets for 20 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 22-17 loss to the Chiefs in the AFC divisional round. Landry led the Browns in targets and catches but finished fourth in receiving yards. He scored from four yards out in the third quarter to spark a comeback attempt that ultimately came up five points short, but Landry otherwise failed to get any separation downfield, gaining no more than seven yards on any of his seven catches. He'll continue to be a key part of Cleveland's passing game next season after totaling 72 catches for 840 yards in 2020 despite playing through a broken rib for part of the season.
Landry reeled in five of eight targets for 92 yards and a touchdown during Sunday's 48-37 wild-card win against the Steelers. Landry has been magnetized to the end zone of late, with all four of his receiving scores on the season coming over his past six outings. He tore off a 40-yard catch-and-run TD on Cleveland's third play from scrimmage, but from there, he was held to just one more reception for four yards until the fourth quarter. With Pittsburgh mounting significant momentum at the start of the final frame, Landry delivered a clutch 17-yard third-down reception, helping set up Nick Chubb for a tide-swinging 40-yard TD catch three plays later to put Cleveland back up by 19 with 12:32 to go. His receiving output of 92 yards constitutes Landry's second-highest total of the season, as the five-time Pro Bowler readies for a divisional-round matchup against the Chiefs. Kansas City emerges from its bye with 100-yard receiving performances conceded in back-to-back games.
Landry recorded five receptions on six targets for 51 yards in Week 17 against the Steelers. He added one rush for three yards and a touchdown. Landry led the team in targets and receptions but was limited to short areas of the field. Despite the unremarkable showing in the box score, Landry tallied the game-clinching touchdown at the beginning of the fourth quarter on a three-yard run. Statistically speaking, Landry posted his worst season as a Brown, though he did surpass 800 receiving yards and paired that with six total touchdowns. Landry's season will continue as the Browns head to the playoffs for the first time since 2002.
Landry has been activated from the reserve/COVID-19 list. As were Rashard Higgins, Donovan Peoples-Jones and KhaDarel Hodge. As a result, the Browns will approach Sunday's must-win contest against the Steelers with their top wide receivers available once again. The Browns won't practice Thursday, but the team hopes to get the four returning pass catchers some practice reps Friday. Now that he's back in the fold, Landry should see his normal allotment of work Week 17, given that he landed on the COVID list (and thus missed Week 16 action) as a high-risk close contact.
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|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|1||09/12||@Kansas City Chiefs||2||18.47|
|5||10/10||@Los Angeles Chargers||7||20.25|
|10||11/14||@New England Patriots||10||20.63|
|15||12/19||Las Vegas Raiders||23||24.25|
|16||12/25||@Green Bay Packers||6||19.56|
Red Zone Trends
|3 Year Avg||130||79||997||4||48||12.62||132|