Dwayne Bowe, WR Cleveland Browns

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Sunday, July 26, 2015, 4:32pm

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Browns beat writer Pat McManamon answered a question about who will have a better season, WR Brian Hartline or WR Dwayne Bowe.

MManamon: I’m going with Brian Hartline. Dwayne Bowe, to me, has never consistently lived up to the moniker of the No. 1 receiver. He’s had good seasons, but not great ones year after year. He did not have a single touchdown last season and he was targeted 93 times, just less than six per game, according to ESPN Stats & Information.

After catching 72 and 81 passes in 2010 and ’11, Bowe has caught 59, 57 and 60 the last three seasons. Whether it’s a function of the Kansas City offense or whether it’s a function of Bowe being in a decline will play out. Andy Reid is a pretty good offensive coach and he preferred Jeremy Maclin.

Hartline’s receptions in Miami dropped in 2014 as well, from 74 and 76 in 2012 and ’13 to 47 in ’14. But unlike Bowe, Hartline’s targets dropped precipitously.

In 2013 and 2012, he was targeted 130 and 125 times. Last season he was thrown to 62 times.

Fantasy Impact:

McManamon has some questions about where Bowe is at this stage of his career, while Hartline is just a year removed from a career season. The author added that Hartline's hard-nosed, consistent play will certainly help the Browns in terms of what they can expect. Our rankings disagree with this, though, and we project Bowe to have a much better season.

2015 Strength of Schedule - CLE
W1W2W3W4W5W6W7W8W9W10W11W12W13W14W15W16W17
2
@NYJ
17
TEN
16
OAK
25
@SD
30
@BAL
13
DEN
19
@STL
7
ARI
3
@CIN
31
@PIT
BYE30
BAL
3
CIN
26
SF
1
@SEA
9
@KC
31
PIT

Schedule difficulty based on schedule-adjusted, positional defensive ranking. Top DEF = 1, bottom DEF = 32.

2014 Game Stats
WeekOppRecRecYdsRecTDTgtsYPCRuAttRuYdsRuTDFumYPRSnaps%
1TEN------------
2DEN3400613.330000-72/8684%
3MIA3320510.670000-55/7276%
4NE5810616.200000-53/6779%
5SF3420614.000000-43/5086%
6BYE------------
7SD5840716.800000-64/7486%
8STL6640610.670000-52/6679%
9NYJ6550109.170000-49/5884%
10BUF89301211.620000-56/6093%
11SEA218049.000000-35/4873%
12OAK3420514.000000-61/6692%
13DEN218059.000000-43/4596%
14ARI2290314.500000-56/6586%
15OAK3690723.000000-52/6778%
16PIT657089.500000-52/6679%
17SD3300510.000000-48/6080%
Totals6075409512.5700000.00791/95083%

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