Jarvis Landry, Tyrod Taylor connect for 2 TDs in scrimmage

Baker Mayfield leads TD drive, halted at goal line

Daryl Ruiter
August 03, 2018 - 8:40 pm
Cleveland Browns wide receiver Jarvis Landry (80) during training camp at the Cleveland Browns Training Complex.

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Berea, OH (92.3 The Fan) – Jarvis Landry reached out with his left hand, caught the ball in the middle of the field, spun away from a would-be tackler and was off to the races for a 36-yard score.

It was just the latest one-handed highlight the veteran receiver has shown off during this training camp on Friday.

“He does it every day,” head coach Hue Jackson said. “He works at it. The guy will stay after and go to the JUGGS machine and catch anywhere from 200-300 balls. That is just how important it is to him. As you see, if the ball is anywhere around him, there is a good chance that he is going to come up with it.”

Thursday, he drew a roar from the crowd when he caught a one-hander in the back corner of the endzone with a defender draped on him.

Then came Friday’s grab.

The 36-yard score that saw him make the catch over linebacker James Burgess’ outstretched arms then spin out of Elijah Campbell’s hands before racing the final 20 or so yards to the endzone was vintage Landry.

“It was kind of my fault, honestly,” Landry said. “I started bending in too early and the linebacker kind of got in the way and Ty kind of had to throw around him a little bit and that made me have to reach back and catch the ball, but again, Ty trusts me in those situations to make those kind of plays and I can’t let him down.”

For Landry, who led the NFL in receptions last year with 112 and has 400 combined over his first 4 seasons, there’s not a ball he can’t catch.

“I don’t believe there is,” Landry said. “I pride myself making any type of catch, anyway. We call it catch radius and any ball thrown to me is a good ball.”

That was the second of two touchdowns Landry caught Friday afternoon during the team’s scrimmage at their training facility in Berea.

Earlier in the scrimmage he found himself wide open for a 26-yard score as well – both TD tosses came from quarterback Tyrod Taylor.

“I try to spend as much time as I can with Tyrod and just kind of learn from my mistakes,” Landry said. “I think that has helped us be on the same page, and when you’re on the same page with the quarterback, you’re highly likely to get the ball. And from there it’s just making the plays and building the trust.”

Prior to the 26-yard score by Landry, Taylor found tight end Darren Fells for 16, receiver Corey Coleman for11 and tight end David Njoku for 26 yards.

“He moved the team,” Jackson said of his starting QB. “He made some plays down the field with the ball. He threw the ball around. Tyrod did some good things out there.”

Baker Mayfield continues to work with the second-team offense.

He led a quick scoring drive on his first series as he completed a 30-yard pass to receiver C.J. Board and a 29-yarder to tight end Devon Cajuste to set up Nick Chubb's 1-yard TD run.

“He did get off to a hot start and led the team down there to score, but that is what we expect,” Jackson said. “He threw some good balls. The guy is throwing the ball extremely well, and I think that you guys see the accuracy. He had a good day.”

The No. 1 overall pick also threw his first interception of camp when he was picked off by linebacker Jamie Collins after defensive tackle Jamie Meder batted a pass.

During a goal-to-go drill from the 2, Mayfield was virtually sacked twice. 

“I try to put them in tough situations,” Jackson said. “I know that we are running out of some tight ends, but I want our quarterbacks to make great decisions down there because they have to. Those things do happen. There was some good, some balls completed and some competing going on between the offense and defense.”