Cleveland Browns OTA Scribbles: Tyrod, Baker, Landry — Pluto

BEREA, Ohio — Scribbles in my Cleveland Browns notebook after watching the team at Wednesday’s OTA practice:1. This is glorified touch football so it’s hard to form many opinions about linemen, blocking or tackling skills. My attention was focused on the receivers and quarterbacks. The first strong impression was the improvement in terms of passing accuracy. Granted, the standards are low — especially after watching Brock Osweiler, DeShone Kizer, Kevin Hogan and to a lesser extent, Cody Kessler. Those were the four Browns quarterbacks with the team at this time a year ago.2. Tyrod Taylor looked like a veteran who started 42 regular season games. At the age of 28, you can tell he’s used to being the starting quarterback. His decisions are quick, his throws usually on point. He connected with Jarvis Landry on a couple of sweet slant patterns that were caught in mid-stride between two defenders.3. After practice, I asked Landry about the criticism of him averaging 8.8 yards per catch last season. “The idea is to make first downs and move the chains,” he said. In four seasons, Landry has caught exactly 400 passes — 220 for first downs. “You want to extend drives and keep your defense off the field,” he explained.4. The Browns have not had a receiver like Landry in a long time. He played four years in Miami, never missed a game. The Browns desperately need to develop a ball-control offense. With Landry and Duke Johnson (a superb pass-catching back), they can do that.5. Landry is excited by what he’s seen of Todd Haley’s offense. Haley came from the Steelers, where he was the offensive coordinator from 2012-17. He also called plays for Arizona (2007-08). He was the head coach of Kansas City from 2009-11. Landry talked about the various receivers coached by Haley and their success. It’s obvious Haley has made a good impression on the Browns major pass-catching acquisition.6. Taylor said Haley showed some some tapes of the Pittsburgh offense to the new Browns. He is highlighting some concepts he wants to bring to Cleveland. As Taylor said, in a few days, they will be looking at tapes of the Browns practices.7. Landry claimed that about 20 of his 100 catches a year are made with one hand … that’s what he said … that seems like a lot … but Landry does have excellent hands … even when he only uses one hand. Taylor heard that, shook his head, smiled and said: “As long as he catches it… It’s my job to get him the ball.”8. Landry had seven drops last season, ninth most in the NFL — according to Profootballfocus.com. But that’s not a lot, given he caught 112 passes. By comparison, Dez Bryant led the NFL with 12 drops — and had only 69 receptions.9. Landry was second among receivers in forcing missed tackles. He had 17. First was Golden Tate (22). That helps on those short passes, because Landry can turn them into extra yardage.10. Rookie Antonio Callaway made some superb catches. His speed and athleticism were obvious. If Josh Gordon and Callaway can stay away from suspensions, the Browns will have two extremely fast wide receivers — with Landry as a possession receiver.11. Corey Coleman had a good day with some fine running catches. But he has to prove he can stay healthy after breaking a hand in each of his first two pro seasons. In general, the receivers looked good as there were very few dropped passes.

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