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Amari Cooper: Browns WR could be first in franchise history with back-to-back 1,000-yard seasons

by Moxieplay

The Cleveland Browns are among the oldest franchises in the NFL. Although this iteration of the team only began play in 1999, it has inherited the history and records of the first Browns franchise that played in Cleveland between 1946 and 1995.

In all that time, the Browns have not managed back-to-back seasons in which one of their pass-catchers has posted 1,000 receiving yards. Amari Cooper is hoping to become the first in 2023.

Cooper’s quietly-good 2022

In his first season with Cleveland, Cooper put together one of the best campaigns of his career. The four-time Pro Bowl selection led the Browns with 78 catches, 1,160 receiving yards, and nine touchdown grabs — much of it without Deshaun Watson, who played just six games in 2022.

Cooper became Cleveland’s first 1,000-yard receiver in three years, since Odell Beckham (1,035 yards) and Jarvis Landry (1,174 yards) in the 2019 season. Landry hasn’t had a 1,000-yard season since, while Beckham has been plagued by injury in recent years and is hoping to return to form in 2023 with the Baltimore Ravens — the current identity of the original Browns franchise.

Cleveland’s futility at wideout

In Browns history, only 15 players have recorded a season with at least 1,000 receiving yards, and only one — Ozzie Newsome — did it multiple times, in 1981 and in 1984.

Once upon a time, many expected Josh Gordon to be the longtime #1 wideout at Cleveland Browns Stadium, particularly after he led the NFL with 1,646 receiving yards in 2013. This still stands as the franchise record for a single season. But Gordon missed two full seasons after violating the NFL’s substance abuse policy, and he was never quite the same receiver after that.

Whether Cooper can break the mold in 2023 could go a long way toward determining if postseason football returns to Cleveland or not.

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