WR Antonio Callaway - Cleveland Browns
|5-11, 197||Born: 1-9-1997||College: Florida||Drafted: Round 4, pick|
Week 6: vs Los Angeles Chargers
FBG says: Good matchup. Baker Mayfield continues to electrify the city of Cleveland as he came out and threw for 342 yards last week against a very strong Ravens secondary. This is a Browns receiving group that is hindered by the loss of Rashard Higgins with an MCL injury which has forced Derrick Willies to step into the starting role. Jarvis Landry continues to be the focal point of this offense, but really this is a unit that spreads the ball around which is good to see from a rookie quarterback. The Browns are trying to get David Njoku and Duke Johnson more involved in the passing game and we are starting to see signs of this for Njoku who is averaging 5.5 receptions and 60.5 yards over his last two games, but Duke Johnson continues to be just talk at this point. Hue Jackson has repeatedly said that they want to get Duke the ball more including this week, but this is a believe it when you see it type of situation as we've been hearing this since the start of the season. The Chargers secondary continues to be a unit that has struggled so far in comparison to 2017. A unit that was one of the top units in the NFL in 2017 has allowed 270 yards net yards passing and the 9th most fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks. There really are three issues on this defense so far this season and the first is that Joey Bosa continues to miss time which impacts the pass rush giving the opposing quarterback additional time to throw. The second is that Casey Hayward who was one of the best corners in football in 2017 is not playing at the All-Pro level that he played at last season. The final issue with the defense is that after 2017's abysmal performance stopping the run, the Chargers are focusing more on stopping the run and have done a great job doing so, but without an elite pass rusher and elite corner is leaving them susceptible to the pass.
Recent Stats and Projections
Weekly Performance vs WR 1, WR 12, WR 24, WR 36
Antonio Callaway's percentile rank in each category, among WR with more than 50 fantasy points.
Recent Game Summaries
2018 Week 5 vs BAL (5 / 3 / 22 / 0 rec)
Callaway was coming off a rough game in Week 4 and saw his workload decreased in Week 5 against the Ravens. His five targets in the game were his least since Week 2. Callaway has struggled with drops this season and committed another bad one in this game. He had the ball in his hands but lost it when he tried to turn and run with it before securing the catch. He did show nice speed on a short screen which he turned into a nine-yard gain in the fourth quarter.
2018 Week 4 vs OAK (9 / 3 / 54 / 0 rec)
Callaway's final stat line looks decent thanks to a 59-yard catch and run in the fourth quarter but he really didn't play all that well against the Raiders. Callaway struggled with his footing and committed several drops in the game. He slipped and tipped a ball that wound up getting intercepted and returned for a touchdown in the first quarter. He did see a deep end zone shot on the team's third drive in the first quarter but Baker Mayfield overthrew him. Callaway's struggles continued in the second quarter as he dropped a two-point conversion pass. He also dropped another catchable pass toward the end of the third quarter. Callaway is an explosive playmaker but he is going to have some ups-and-downs as a rookie.
2018 Week 3 vs NYJ (10 / 4 / 20 / 0 rec)
Callaway finished with a pedestrian stat line but it could have been a much bigger day for the rookie. Callaway's 10 targets finished second on the team behind only Jarvis Landry. The rookie proved that he is hard to cover, getting open with regularity against New York. On the team's first drive, Callaway got a step on the defense but Tyrod Taylor's pass was underthrown on a deep shot. On the next drive, Callaway saw an end zone target but the defender ran into him before the ball got there. It looked like pass interference but no flag came from the officials on the play. At the beginning of the second quarter, Callaway got open deep again, but again was underthrown by Taylor. A better pass could have resulted in a touchdown. Callaway is operating as the clear No. 2 receiver in Cleveland's offense and should get plenty of looks going forward, although it appears he has a boom/bust element to his game. Cleveland is going to take some deep shots to him in most games; it will be up to him whether he reels them in or not.
2018 Week 2 vs NO (4 / 3 / 81 / 1 rec, 2 / 7 / 0 rush)
Callaway stands to be one of the main beneficiaries of the Browns' decision to move on from Josh Gordon. Callaway turned in the signature splash play of the game, hauling in a beautifully-thrown 47-yard touchdown strike from Tyrod Taylor to tie the game at 18-18 in the fourth quarter. Callaway got a step on his man downfield and Taylor put the ball right in his hands in the end zone for the rookie's first NFL touchdown. He also drew a pass interference penalty in the third quarter when he was hooked by cornerback Marshon Lattimore on a short slant. Callaway drew the start with Gordon out and should become a major cog in Cleveland's offense going forward.
Latest NewsBrowns | Antonio Callaway struggles in Week 6 (Sun Oct 14, 05:26 PM) - Cleveland Browns WR Antonio Callaway caught two passes for nine yards against the Los Angeles Chargers in Week 6. Our View: Callaway had two possible touchdown passes that he misplayed. He might be starting to lose his luster in the target pecking order even while the Browns are shorthanded at the position.
link to story Browns | Week 5 injury report for Cleveland (Fri Oct 5, 02:44 PM) - Cleveland Browns LB James Burgess (knee) did not participate in practice all week and has been ruled out for Week 5 against the Baltimore Ravens. LB Christian Kirksey (illness) did not practice Friday, Oct. 5, and is listed as questionable. S Damarious Randall (heel) was limited in practice for a second straight day Friday and is also listed as questionable. WR Antonio Callaway (knee), DL Trevon Coley (wrist), DE Myles Garrett (wrist), WR Jarvis Landry (knee) and QB Tyrod Taylor (back) each practiced in full Friday and have been removed from the injury report. link to story Browns | Antonio Callaway cleared for Week 5 (Fri Oct 5, 12:34 PM) - Cleveland Browns WR Antonio Callaway (knee) will not appear on the team's Week 5 injury report Friday, Oct. 5, and will play against the Baltimore Ravens. link to story Browns | Antonio Callaway a limited participant (Thu Oct 4, 04:34 PM) - Cleveland Browns WR Antonio Callaway (knee) was limited during practice Thursday, Oct. 4. Our View: Callaway did get open deep last week, but Baker Mayfield missed him. There's talk of scaling back his role and Baltimore should make life difficult for the rookie quarterback, so Callaway isn't a great sleeper play this week.
link to story Browns | Antonio Callaway has knee injury (Wed Oct 3, 03:35 PM) - Updating a previous report, Cleveland Browns WR Antonio Callaway (knee) missed practice Wednesday, Oct. 3, because of a knee injury. Our View: This move to keep the rookie out of practice is likely precautionary. We'll know more about Callaway's status in Week 5 against the Ravens later in the week.
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