AFC take heed, the Cleveland Browns are here and they’re ready for the big stage. Amid free agent chaos, the Browns traded a first, a third and safety Jabrill Peppers to the Giants for Odell Beckham Jr. Yes, way more than the Steelers for Antonio Brown.
OBJ has solidified himself as a top-3 receiver in the NFL throughout his career. In every full season that he has played, he’s caught passes for at least 1,000 yards. He has caught 390 passes in his career for 5,476 yards and 44 touchdowns.
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OBJ will remain a high-end WR1 in Cleveland.
With the other weapons the Browns possess, Mayfield should be a mid-range QB1.
OBJ joins Landry, who he played opposite at LSU. The last season that the two played together, they both topped 1,100 yards.
I would not expect one team to be able to sustain two WR1s. Landry’s targets will certainly regress from the 149 he saw a year ago. Landry should surpass 112 targets, which would tie his career low.
If Landry can catch between 80 to 100 balls, he should remain in the WR2 conversation. Obviously, he will see even more targets underneath with OBJs ability to take corners out of the middle for teammates.
Besides Duke Johnson, who is almost certain to get cut, tight end David Njoku takes the biggest hit.
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Njoku will remain a TE1 at a shallow position, but, it would be tough for him to get to 88 targets in this offense.
Saquon Barkley, who is already the top pick in most formats gets the biggest bump in the Giants offense.
Barkley already saw 121 targets in a terrible Giants offense last season, that number could be through the rough with big question marks under center.
In his lone season without OBJ, Sterling Shepard pulled in passes for 731 yards and two touchdowns. If the Giants aren’t able to bring in someone opposite of Shepard, they are in big trouble.
If I were the Giants front office, I would draft one of the WRs this season and stay with Eli Manning for one more year. Next years draft should be loaded at quarterback, so that’s where my eyes would be.
Evan Engram will get most of the double teams, he was huge without OBJ two years ago. Engram caught passes for 722 yards and six touchdowns with OBJ dinged up.
I would feel confident to have Engram as my tight end, especially in the shallow position. He has the potential to be a mid-tier TE1 despite the huge sophomore slump a year ago.
Let us all pray for whoever lines up under center for the Giants next season. Also, for all the AFC defenses.