Bowe did not guarantee 15 receiving touchdowns, which he had in '10, but he did say he’s going back “to the Dwayne Bowe of 2010.”
Which might mean playing style and vigor and all that good stuff. Nothing wrong with that at all. Bowe used the word revitalize, which is all well and good.
But he also said: “Just sit back and watch.”
It’s worth putting in perspective what 15 touchdowns means as a receiver.
The Cleveland Browns have been in the NFL since 1950. Only one time has a receiver or tight end had 15 or more TD receptions in a season: Braylon Edwards, who had 16 in 2007.
That season marked the only time since 1969 that a Browns receiver had 10 or more TD passes in a year.
The players ranked second through sixth in team history all played in the ‘60s -- when teams played 14 games in a season and had far fewer receptions.
Gary Collins ranked second, third, fifth and sixth with seasons of 13, 12, 11 and 10 TDs. Warfield ranked tied for third with 12 in 1966. In those seasons, none had more than 56 catches.
It’s not that the Browns have had bad receivers either. It’s that 15 touchdowns is a monumental achievement.
In the past 10 seasons, Bowe is one of just nine players to have 15 TDs in a season.
Add in all the other hurdles Bowe must face. Quarterback Josh McCown has never thrown for 15 TDs in a season in his 12-year career. The Browns as a team had 12 passing TDs last season. And Bowe and the rest of the Browns are learning a new offense.
Bowe also has made other predictions. As ESPN’s Adam Teicher reports, he predicted in 2013 he’d lead the NFL in receptions and yards. Didn’t happen.
There have been a ton of free agents come through Cleveland since 1999 talking big and producing little. Ben Tate didn’t fear anyone in the running back room last season, then watched Isaiah Crowell and Terrance West run the ball. Davone Bess was going to stabilize the receiving corps. Jeff Garcia was the veteran leader the quarterback position needed.
The list is endless.
Now comes Bowe, talking about channeling 2010 after he had zero TDs in 2014.
If Bowe feels like he can regain his form of 2010, have at it.
Any positive production the Browns receive from any player on offense this season is more than welcomed.