Browns notes: WRs Antonio Callaway and Jarvis Landry slowed by knee injuries

Both expected to be available Sunday v. Ravens according to Hue Jackson

Daryl Ruiter
October 03, 2018 - 3:49 pm

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Berea, OH (92.3 The Fan) – Baker Mayfield’s top 2 targets did not practice Wednesday as the Browns begin preparations for the AFC North-leading Baltimore Ravens.

Receivers Jarvis Landry and Antonio Callaway were sidelined with knee injuries, but head coach Hue Jackson is confident both will be available against the Ravens.

“I have a great level of optimism. I feel good about them,” Jackson said.

Landry leads the Browns in targets, catches and yards this season.

Callaway, who had a 59-yard catch-and-run that set up a touchdown in Oakland, is coming off a game that saw him drop several passes, including a pick-6 that went off of his hands as he slipped on the infield dirt.

Playing hurt – Safety Damarious Randall confirmed Wednesday that he’s not practiced much since suffering a deep bruise to his heel in the 21-18 loss at New Orleans on Sept. 16.

“I take a lot of mental reps. I really haven’t practiced in three weeks,” Randall said. “But I feel like I need to be out there practicing with my team. I mean, that will help just with the confidence level with my corners and just with the communication level of the whole entire defense. I just can’t really wait to be back out there enough to practice.”

Randall, who came up with his second interception of the season against the Raiders, refuses to sit out on Sundays and the Browns believe having him at less than 100 percent is better than not having him at all.

In addition to the 2 interceptions and a fumble recovery, Randall has broken up 6 passes and has 16 solo tackles in four starts this season but the pain is preventing him from being the player he wants and expects to be.

“A lot,” Randall said. “I feel like there were play when I go back and watch the film that I knew I would’ve reacted differently on if I had been healthy. But I’m not going to harp on that either because I’m on the field and I’m on the field to help my team win games.”

Special changes – Jackson is “looking at everything” when it comes to fixing the special teams unit, except for considering firing coordinator Amos Jones.

“No. I do not think I need to do that,” Jackson said. “I think I need to take my experience that I have had and use it and go over there and help as I can, get other coaches on the staff and help and see if we can get better.”

The Browns are “working on some things” this week during practice according to Jackson to shore up one of the worst units in the NFL this season that is giving up eight more yards per kickoff return than they are averaging on their own returns and nearly eight more yards on punts.

“We can shake it up. There might be some things you see different this weekend,” Jackson said. “I can’t give all of those secrets away today, but we are going to do what we think we need to do to get better.”

General manager John Dorsey has been looking for anyone that might be able to contribute according to Jackson.

“John is always searching, always looking to make the football team better. I am very confident in that,” Jackson said.

International man of mystery – The popularity of the Browns’ rookie quarterback has gone international.

“That is awesome to hear. Something that is pretty surreal,” Mayfield said. “I definitely… My mind can’t really wrap around that. I am still living my dream and having fun with it. It has been a roller coaster of emotions, but rookie year has been fun so far.”

A television crew from Nippon TV in Japan is in town doing a feature on Mayfield.

History lesson – Mayfield seemed to have no idea the team he will face Sunday used to be the Browns when asked about it Wednesday.

“New year so we are focused on a one-week mindset at a time. Sunday, it is the Ravens,” Mayfield said when asked if Jackson has stressed the history between the two franchises.

Injury report – Did not practice: WR Antonio Callaway (knee), WR Jarvis Landry (knee), LB James Burgess (knee) and FS Damarious Randall (heel)

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Full: DE Myles Garrett (wrist), QB Tyrod Taylor (back), DT Trevon Coley (wrist)