CLEVELAND — In 2018, “Bless ‘em” became part of the Cleveland sports lexicon because it was the oft-used catchphrase of Browns wide receiver Jarvis Landry, and the four-time Pro Bowl pass-catcher seems to have gotten an early start on his 2019 mantra.
The Browns mic’d up Landry for Thursday’s Pro Bowl practice in Orlando, Florida, and the phrase, “Wake ‘em up!” was used nearly a dozen times in the 85-second clip.
“Wake ‘em up!” Landry cheered while watching a teammate make a play against a defender during a drill. “Wake ‘em up! Wake ‘em up! Wake ‘em up!”
Then, Landry utilized the phrase when talking himself through a route, and twice more at the end of the practice session while high-fiving a coach.
Acquired by the Browns from the Miami Dolphins for draft picks last March and signed to a lucrative multi-year contract extension, Landry lived up to the hype in his first year in Cleveland, as he made impactful plays in multiple ways for the offense.
Landry turned his 81 receptions into 976 yards and four touchdowns, rushed for 60 yards and one score on just three attempts and completed one of his two passes for 63 yards. Additionally, Landry completed a two-point conversion pass to quarterback Baker Mayfield in a 21-17 win over the New York Jets at FirstEnergy Stadium in Week 3.
Here is a look back at three of Landry’s most memorable plays from his first season with the Browns.
3. Landry rushes for 51-yard gain to set up TD
The Browns struggled to find rushing yardage over the first three quarters of play against the Panthers, but wide receiver Jarvis Landry proved to be a catalyst to the running game, as he broke free for a 51-yard gain on a misdirection play that set up the Browns for the go-ahead score.
On third-and-two, Mayfield faked a handoff to wide receiver Breshad Perriman, who was going from left to right across the formation, and then, slipped the ball to Landry in the middle of the field, and the veteran pass catcher moved the ball down the field in short order.
After an initial burst of speed through a gap at the line of scrimmage, Landry cut across the field and outraced several Carolina defenders before being chased down from behind by multi-time Pro Bowl linebacker Luke Kuechly.
2. Landry throws 63-yard pass to set up Browns TD
The Browns’ second scoring drive of the game against the Cincinnati Bengals on December 23 covered 70 yards in just three plays in large part because of Landry. On first-and-10 from the Cleveland 30-yard line, Landry took a double-reverse pitch from wide receiver Antonio Callaway and fired a throw to Breshad Perriman for a 63-yard gain.
Landry’s throw moved the Browns from their own 30-yard line to the Cincinnati seven.
Landry caught the pitch while running from right to left across the formation, and then, he slowed to a stop, brought back the ball, found Perriman with a step on a defender and fired the throw to the right side of the field.
The throw travelled 54 yards in the air, and then, Perriman accounted for another nine yards after securing the reception.
1. 51-yard TD catch vs. Panthers
Mayfield is known for his ability to throw on the run, and he put that on display against the Panthers near the midway point of the second quarter.
With the Browns facing a third-and-17 from the Cleveland 49-yard line, Mayfield avoided a rush from the Panthers and muscled a throw deep down the left side of the field for Landry, and despite two defenders closing on him, the veteran pass catcher hauled in his third receiving score of the season.
Landry started the play on the right side of the formation and ran down the middle of the field until he reached the 20-yard line, and then, he did a hard bank left toward the sideline. Seeing Landry hustling down the field, Mayfield launched the pass, and his receiver high-pointed the ball and maintained possession throughout the play for the touchdown.
Landry celebrated the touchdown by holding a mock campfire in the corner of the end zone, and then, leaping into the Dawg Pound to soak up the love from the fans.