Browns’ rag-tag wide receivers hold pregame walkthrough in frigid parking garage,
The Browns, standing in a near-freezing chilly parking garage at 8:15 a.m., getting ready for Week 16 — that appears like a metaphor for many Cleveland seasons, those which are two weeks from a seat on the sofa. In 2020, although, it is simply one other sudden hurdle to leap.
Due to COVID-19 contact tracing, the Browns (10-4) are with out their prime 4 wide receivers for Week 16 towards the Jets (1-13) in East Rutherford, New Jersey. Cleveland’s receiving corps shall be made up of Marvin Corridor and apply squad promotions Ja’Marcus Bradley and Derrick Willies. And for the reason that information solely dropped Saturday that the Browns can be down 4 wideouts, there was barely any time to arrange.
That is what led Cleveland to a parking garage subsequent to their resort for a pregame walkthrough Sunday morning, hoping to place Corridor, Bradley and Willies by means of their paces. Browns coach Kevin Stefanski informed the story on his Sunday morning radio present on the Browns’ official radio community.
“We’ve bought a bunch of problem-solvers on our teaching employees,’’ Stefanski stated. “It’s nothing new. It’s 2020 and also you’ve bought to be able to go.’’
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Cleveland’s receiving corps has handled accidents all yr, and Odell Beckham Jr. (knee) is out for the season. However the remainder of the group is lastly all wholesome without delay, led by the veteran Jarvis Landry and children Rashard Higgins, Donovan Peoples-Jones and KhaDarel Hodge. That quartet was all positioned on the COVID-19/reserve listing Saturday after being deemed high-risk shut contacts, based on ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
Corridor is essentially the most established of Cleveland’s receiving choices, however he is new to the Browns after being picked up off waivers from Detroit on Dec. 7. He was additionally inactive in Week 15 because of the earlier depth on the place. Bradley performed his school soccer at Louisiana and is in his first yr as an undrafted free agent. He has performed a complete of 15 offensive snaps in 2020. Willies, in his third yr out of Texas Tech, is the one one of many trio to have caught passes for the Browns (three catches in 2018).
Collectively, that group will attempt to catch sufficient passes from Baker Mayfield to permit room for Nick Chubb and Kareem Hunt to run wild towards the Jets.
Cleveland can clinch its first playoff berth since 2002 with a win and a loss by both Baltimore or Indianapolis. The Browns are nonetheless heavy favorites to take action regardless of the absences, and possibly an early-morning walkthrough in a parking garage will make all of the distinction. In spite of everything, based on Cleveland.com, the parking garage was the identical the Browns used for a walkthrough previous to beating the Giants in Week 15 on Sunday Night time Soccer.