Browns Reporter: Cleveland's Offense Elite With OBJ

The Browns are "going to run a track meet" in 2019, Daryl Ruiter says

After Hours With Amy Lawrence
March 13, 2019 - 9:32 am
Odell Beckham Jr. Cleveland Browns

USA Today Images


The Cleveland Browns average 22.4 points per game last season, which ranked 20th in the NFL.

Expect that number to rise considerably in 2019.

Indeed, the Browns stunned the NFL world Tuesday night, trading for Odell Beckham Jr., one of the most talented wide receivers in the league. Cleveland gave up a first-round pick, a third-round pick and Jabrill Peppers for OBJ’s services in a move that is widely considered a win for the Browns.

Just how good is this offense?

“It is right up there with the elite teams in the National Football League,” Cleveland’s 92.3 The Fan Browns reporter Daryl Ruiter said on After Hours with Amy Lawrence. “Baker Mayfield, Odell Beckham, Jarvis Landry, Nick Chubb, Kareem Hunt – once he is permitted to play – and they also have Antonio Callaway. They might have the best 1-2 combination at receiver and the best 1-2 combination at running back in the league. Might. I’m not saying they do, but they might. And keep in mind a couple of years ago Isaiah Crowell was the best player the Cleveland Browns could put on a football field.”

Times have certainly changed. New head coach Freddie Kitchens has a lot of tools in the shed, and it’ll be fascinating to see what he creates.

“I can’t wait to see what he’s going to draw up,” Ruiter said. “He had Jarvis Landry throw a 65-yard bomb down the field last year – and that came off a reverse. So lord knows what he is going to cook up with Baker Mayfield and this just loaded offense.”

The Browns, it is worth noting, also acquired linebacker Olivier Vernon and defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson. Those are key additions – and they may have gotten lost in the shuffle.

“It might not even matter that the Browns have put together one of the best defensive fronts in the league as well because the Browns’ offense, I think, is just going to run a track meet this year,” Ruiter said. “When you look at it on paper, if everyone stays healthy, if everyone plays to their potential, this is going to be a very high-octane explosive offense, and they’re going to go from one of the worst production-wise on the scoreboard to potentially one of the leaders. Baker threw 27 touchdown passes last year, and I have a feeling that that number is going to go up just a smidge in 2019.”