Jarvis Landry is a Pro Bowl staple, but is he a guaranteed 1,000 yards?
Nobody doubts Jarvis Landry‘s importance to the NFL offense he plays in. He is one of the most dominant possession receivers in the game today. While he has made it to the Pro Bowl in each of the last five seasons, he has only gone over 1,000 receiving yards in three of them. Is Landry a lock to go over 1,000 yards playing for the 2020 Cleveland Browns? How could this year be different?
The Fantasy Footballers look at the receiving threshold with intrigue. Outside of his rookie year with the 2014 Miami Dolphins, Landry has either eclipsed the 1,000-yard receiving threshold or only been under it by less than 25 yards. Given that he’s never missed a game in six seasons out of LSU, Landry has been one of the most consistent players in the league. We know what he’s capable of.
While Mike Wright doesn’t believe Landry will break four figures this fall, Jason Moore is higher on him and does believe Landry will make it four of seven years with at least 1,000 receiving yards. If Landry is going to do, it’s probably not going to be by more than 200 yards or so and if he comes up short, it’ll be by the slimmest of margins. So which way should we be leaning this year?
Could a new coaching regime impact Jarvis Landry’s receiving viability?
From a schematic standpoint, the Browns will run the ball more under new head coach Kevin Stefanski. He’ll implement a ball-control offense centered around the running game, just like what he did as the offensive coordinator with the Minnesota Vikings. That’s not to say Baker Mayfield won’t throw the ball, but he’s not going to throw the ball 40 times in any particular ballgame.
As for the Browns’ receiving corps, we should expect Odell Beckham Jr. to be more of a factor in his second year with the team. Cleveland also has a pair of excellent tight ends in David Njoku and Austin Hooper who signed with the team in his free agency. Though Landry gets his production by volume, the number of balls may not be as readily available for him as they were a season ago.
Ultimately, we’re still going to say Landry will get over the 1,000-yard threshold. The reason for this is Cleveland projects to be a better team than it was a season ago. Mayfield should be a better quarterback coming off his sophomore slump. Besides, why would you want to short a receiver as reliable as Landry? Look for him to get somewhere around 1,100 yards in his 2020 NFL season.