Freddie Kitchens likes what he sees from Antonio Callaway

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Browns wide receiver Antonio Callaway had a solid rookie season as a fourth-round draft pick last year, catching 43 passes for 586 yards and five touchdowns. Coach Freddie Kitchens thinks Callaway may be even better this year.

Kitchens said after watching Callaway at Organized Team Activities this week that Callaway looks like he’s in better shape than he was in 2018.

“He is in good shape relative to what he was in last year during training camp. He has added some explosiveness,” Kitchens said. “He has been catching the ball really well. He is doing a good job. Just like everybody else, he has to continue. It is what can you do for me tomorrow, not today; today is over.”

Callaway will be, at best, the Browns’ third receiver after Odell Beckham and Jarvis Landry, but the presence of those two Pro Bowlers should create some opportunities for Callaway to get open. Kitchens thinks Callaway can take advantage of those opportunities.

9 responses to “Freddie Kitchens likes what he sees from Antonio Callaway

  1. I wonder if this is a subtle shot at OBJ… In any case, Callaway made a lot of mistakes as a rookie last year, but he played hard, had great hands, and made some big plays. He was impressive. He and OBJ could be a lethal combo on the perimeter with Callaway’s speed and explosiveness. I was in the Superdome when he caught that 50 yard, 4th down TD pass with less than 2 mins to go. As Landry said afterward, that was big boy football. It was one of the best plays of the season but forgotten because the Browns kicker missed 4 kicks to lose the game and Taylor threw the pass, not Baker.

  2. Between Callaway and OBJ Mayfield SHOULD be throwing DEEP early and often. NO defense can completely take both those guys away.

  3. Top three receivers for the Browns are 5’11” tall…no height advantage there. But with Mayfield’s air raid attack style of football with sure-handed, fleet footed receivers, defenses will have difficulty covering them. Defenses will have to increase players in the backfield lessening personnel at LB or DL…and Nick Chubb runs away with the all!

  4. “Top three receivers for the Browns are 5’11” tall…no height advantage there. But with Mayfield’s air raid attack style of football with sure-handed, fleet footed receivers, defenses will have difficulty covering them. Defenses will have to increase players in the backfield lessening personnel at LB or DL…and Nick Chubb runs away with the all!”

    While the Browns WRs are 5’11”, their tight ends are really big dudes. Demetrius Harris is 6’7″, Pharaoh Brown is 6’6″, and David Njoku is 6’4″. Njoku could be in for a breakout year in his third season. He made a big jump last year, and if safeties have to account for OBJ and Calloway, that leaves Njoku one on one a lot of the time. He can really run, and last year showed he can catch the ball reliably. He could be a nightmare matchup for a linebacker or nickle db.

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