The Browns, standing in a near-freezing chilly parking storage at 8:15 a.m., making 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 high 4 large receivers for Week 16 towards the Jets (1-13) in East Rutherford, New Jersey. Cleveland’s receiving corps will probably be made up of Marvin Corridor and follow squad promotions Ja’Marcus Bradley and Derrick Willies. And for the reason that information solely dropped Saturday that the Browns could be down 4 wideouts, there was barely any time to organize.
That is what led Cleveland to a parking storage subsequent to their resort for a pregame walkthrough Sunday morning, hoping to place Corridor, Bradley and Willies via their paces. Browns coach Kevin Stefanski instructed the story on his Sunday morning radio present on the Browns’ official radio network.
“We’ve bought a bunch of problem-solvers on our teaching workers,’’ Stefanski said. “It’s nothing new. It’s 2020 and also you’ve bought to be able to go.’’
Cleveland’s receiving corps has handled accidents all 12 months, 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 record Saturday after being deemed high-risk shut contacts, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
Corridor is probably 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 12 months as an undrafted free agent. He has performed a complete of 15 offensive snaps in 2020. Willies, in his third 12 months 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 perhaps an early-morning walkthrough in a parking storage will make all of the distinction. In any case, according to Cleveland.com, the parking storage was the identical the Browns used for a walkthrough previous to beating the Giants in Week 15 on Sunday Night time Soccer.