Mayfield finished 17-for-23 with 201 yards and one improbable Browns' comeback victory, but the biggest news for fantasy owners is the fact that Jarvis Landry and Antonio Callaway suddenly look like viable fantasy receiver stars.
Landry had eight receptions for 103 yards and was targeted 15 times. One of those receptions and five targets came from Taylor; with Mayfield under center Landry still had seven receptions for 91 yards.
Actually, let's parse out the difference the two receivers had with the two different quarterbacks.
Stats with Tyrod Taylor
Jarvis Landry: 5 targets, 1 reception, 12 yards
Antonio Callaway: 5 targets, 1 reception, 2 yards
Stats with Baker Mayfield
Jarvis Landry: 10 targets, 7 receptions, 91 yards
Antonio Callaway: 5 targets, 3 receptions, 18 yards
It looks like Landry will be Mayfield's go-to receiver while Callaway is still more of a risk based on hitting the big plays. Taylor had Callaway open deep two different times Thursday night but underthrew him on both instances. Hopefully, Mayfield is more successful going forward when he takes deep shots.
The Browns now have 10 days to get ready for their Week 4 matchup with the Oakland Raiders, whose defense has been unable to generate any type of pressure on the quarterback through two games.
If Mayfield can officially win the starting position at QB and get more comfortable under center, the targets and receptions for his top two receivers should only increase. Moving forward, both Landry and Callaway are viable flex plays with the possibility of Landry even being a WR2. For the first time in years, things are looking up for the Browns.
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