Browns' Antonio Callaway aims for 1,000 yards, 10 TDs

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As the Cleveland Browns hype train accelerates through the summer months one question keeping some from mashing the excitement pedal is how all the pieces will gel, and how a now-loaded offense will keep everyone happy.

Case-in-point: Antonio Callaway, who has mostly been running with the second-team during offseason workouts, spouted some lofty goals for 2019.

"Big season,'' he said, via Cleveland.com. "A thousand yards."

And touchdowns? "Ten. Ten or more," he responded. "Try anyway."

Given that he's battling Rashard Higgins for snaps behind Odell Beckham Jr. and Jarvis Landry, 1,000 yards and 10 TDs seems like an outsized goal for the speedy wideout.

After generating 586 yards on 43 receptions with five touchdowns during his rookie campaign, Callaway isn't worried about making his personal expectations public.

"I need goals like that to push me,'' he said.

Coach Freddie Kitchens uttered no qualms about Callaway, or any of his players, providing oversized forecasts.

"I like that,'' he said. "I like setting the expectations high for ourselves -- not letting you guys do it but us do it."

The odds are against Callaway reaching those goals, especially as he sits as the No. 4 wideout currently, but that shouldn't stop a young player from exuding confidence about his abilities.

Callaway's comments underscore a larger question in Cleveland: How will one pigskin be distributed most effectively and keep everyone happy?

Far from Browns gloomy offenses of the last few years, Cleveland has a cornucopia of mouths to feed: Beckham, Landry, Higgins, Callaway, David Njoku, Nick Chubb; Duke Johnson so long as he's not traded; Kareem Hunt when he returns from suspension in Week 9.

The answer to the math problem thus far has been simple: trust Baker Mayfield.

"Baker makes the right decisions," said Callaway. "He's the quarterback. When you're on the field, that's the leader right there, so whatever decision he makes we've got to roll with it.''

Roll with it they shall.

After years of sadness and futility in Cleveland, if the biggest problem for the 2019 Browns is there are too many good players, well, that's one dilemma fans will gladly embrace.

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