Antonio Callaway

Antonio Callaway

Wide Receiver #11
Team: Cleveland Browns
Ht / Wt:5'11" / 200 lb.
Born:January 9, 1997
Drafted:2018 / Rd. 4 (105)
Draft Team:CLE

Antonio Callaway: Signs with Vipers in XFL

Callaway (suspension) has joined the XFL's Tampa Bay Vipers via waivers, reports.

Analysis: Callaway was handed a 10-game suspension by the NFL in November after having been released by the Browns. Now having pivoted to the XFL to continue his professional career, there are numerous standing in the way of Callaway potentially reemerging in the NFL. He was also suspended for the first four games of the 2019 season, a ban which also came due to violating the league's substance abuse policy. Through 20 games with the Browns across two seasons, Callaway recorded 51 catches for 675 yards and five touchdowns.

January 22, 2020 2:17 PM EST

Antonio Callaway: Loses suspension appeal

Callaway lost his appeal and will serve a 10-game suspension for violating the NFL's substance abuse policy, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

Analysis: It did not take long for a final decision on Callaway's suspension to be rendered, and he will now be forced to sit out for the second time this year.

November 15, 2019 7:57 AM EST

Antonio Callaway: Facing 10-game suspension

Callaway, who the Browns waived Thursday, is awaiting word on his appeal of a looming 10-game suspension for violating the NFL's substance abuse policy, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: Rapoport adds that Callaway maintains that the infraction that has the wideout poised to serve another NFL suspension stems from a tainted CBD product. While this adds another layer to the Browns' reasoning behind parting ways with Callaway, it's not the only factor the team considered after the 2018 fourth-rounder was benched in Week 10 for being a late arrival for this past Sunday's win over the Bills.

November 14, 2019 2:00 PM EST

Antonio Callaway: Waived by Browns

The Browns have waived Callaway, Mary Kay Cabot of The Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.

Analysis: Callaway, who was suspended for the first four games of the season for violating the NFL's substance abuse policy, was benched by the Browns in Week 10 for being a late arrival for this past Sunday's win over the Bills. The Browns evidently weren't satisfied with Callaway's response to that and have decided to move on from the 2018 fourth-rounder. Now that he's no longer in the mix, Rashard Higgins is slated to serve as the team's No. 3 wide receiver behind Odell Beckham Jr. and Jarvis Landry.

November 14, 2019 1:14 PM EST

Antonio Callaway: Catches two in loss

Callaway caught two of four targets for 22 yards in Sunday's 32-28 loss to the Seahawks.

Analysis: Callaway survived another week as Cleveland's third wideout while Rashard Higgins did not play despite being active for the first time in five weeks. Callaway, who served a four-week suspension to start the season, caught his first passes of the season. He was slightly better Sunday than the previous week when he showed rust in his return from the suspension. With a bye week coming up, Higgins will have two weeks to ensure his knee is ready for Week 8 on the road against the Patriots. If he's ready to go, Callaway will drop to fourth on the depth chart.

October 13, 2019 7:09 PM EST

Antonio Callaway: Moving back to familiar role

Callaway will be back at the "X" receiver position for Sunday's home game against Seattle, Marla Ridenour of the Akron Beacon Journal reports.

Analysis: Callaway emerged as one of several issues the Browns are dealing with as they prepare for Week 6 against the 4-1 Seahawks. He played a new position last week -- the "Z" receiver -- and looked out of place at times. He was flagged for a false start and had a few moments when he wasn't sure where he should line up or what he should be doing post snap. Callaway also had a costly bobble that led to an interception and eventually a touchdown. Head coach Freddie Kitchens took responsibility following last week's loss to the 49ers, telling reporters that he put Callaway in a "bad situation." Callaway's presence on the field this week could become moot if Rashard Higgins (knee) is ready to return. He practiced fully all week, but Kitchens was coy about his availability Sunday.

October 12, 2019 3:59 AM EST

Antonio Callaway: Learning new position

Callaway admitted he had to learn a new position in Week 5's 31-3 loss, Dan Labbe of the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.

Analysis: Callaway wasn't attempting to make an excuse for his disappointing season debut Monday after serving a four-game suspension, but he acknowledged an adjustment moving from X receiver to Z receiver. "It was a little tough," Callaway said. "I'm still a professional so I've got to know." The second-year wideout had a false start, failed to catch any of his three targets, and bobbled a pass that turned into an interception -- arguably the pivotal play of the game. He was replaced in the second half by Damion Ratley, but head coach Freddie Kitchens still has confidence in Callaway and has no plans to avoid him next Sunday at home against Seattle.

October 9, 2019 4:00 AM EST

Antonio Callaway: Rough night in debut

Callaway failed to catch any of his three targets in Monday's 31-3 loss to the 49ers in Week 5.

Analysis: Callaway, who missed the first four weeks of the season serving a suspension, opened the game as the third wideout, but the rust clearly showed. He committed a false start penalty in the red zone and, three plays later, failed to hold onto a pass that turned into an interception and led to a 49ers touchdown. It was a momentum-shifting incident. After halftime, he was demoted while Damion Ratley received more playing time. It's too soon to give up on Callaway, who caught 43 passes as a rookie and established a good working relationship with quarterback Baker Mayfield in 2018, but the time away from the team appears to have affected his game shape.

October 8, 2019 3:23 AM EST

Antonio Callaway: Officially joins 53-man roster

Callaway was officially added to the Browns' 53-man roster ahead of Monday's game against the 49ers.

Analysis: Callaway served his four-game suspension and is primed to rejoin the Browns for Week 5. The 22-year-old seemed slated to serve in a reserve role Monday, but he could work as the team's No. 3 wide receiver with Rashard Higgins (knee) unlikely to suit up, per Mary Kay Cabot of The Cleveland Plain Dealer.

October 7, 2019 2:18 PM EST

Antonio Callaway: Reserve role in season debut

Callaway could see a reserve role Monday with Rashard Higgins (knee) and Jarvis Landry (concussion) expected to play, Nate Ulrich of the Akron Beacon Journal reports.

Analysis: The trio of Odell Beckham, Landry and Higgins are all expected to start Monday, likely relegating Callaway to a reserve role on the Browns receiving corps. The 22-year-old is expected to make his 2019 season debut after serving a four-game suspension for violating the league's substance-abuse policy and could be a factor in special teams, particularly returning both punts and kicks.

October 5, 2019 11:09 AM EST

Antonio Callaway: May return kicks

Callaway expects to receive work on special teams as a returner on kicks and punts, Andrew Gribble of the Browns' official site reports.

Analysis: Callaway is expected to make his season debut Monday against the 49ers after serving a four-game suspension. Special teams coordinator Mike Priefer wants to use him as a returner but wants to see Callaway absorb some hits first. "He has so much talent," Priefer said. "You have to be able to trust him back there. He has not been hit this year, but if he protects the ball like we have preaching to him since Day 1, then we would have a chance." As a rookie in 2018, Callaway returned five punts (12.2 YPR) and eight kicks (17.9).

October 5, 2019 4:37 AM EST

Antonio Callaway: Back at practice

Callaway took part in his first practice of the season Thursday after the Browns reinstated him from his four-game suspension earlier this week, Scott Petrak of the Elyria Chronicle-Telegram reports.

Analysis: As a stipulation of his four-game ban for violating the NFL's substance-abuse policy, Callaway wasn't permitted to participate in team activities once the preseason concluded, so he may have some ground to make up from a conditioning standpoint. That being said, Callaway is expected to have a role in the Browns' game plan for Monday's game at San Francisco, though the extent of his usage may hinge on the availability of Jarvis Landry (concussion). Landry wasn't on the field for Thursday's practice and isn't certain to clear the five-step concussion protocol before Monday arrives.

October 3, 2019 10:59 AM EST

Antonio Callaway: Possible fill-in for Landry

Browns head coach Freddie Kitchens feels Callaway could replace Jarvis Landry (concussion) in Week 5 against San Francisco on Monday night, Andrew Gribble of the Browns' official site reports.

Analysis: Callaway has been away from the team through the first quarter of the season, serving a four-game suspension. Despite that time missed, Kitchens is confident the wide receiver can be a contributor this week if Landry does not clear the concussion protocol. "They play sort of the same spots on normal down and distance type stuff. We will have to see how that all fits in," Kitchens said. "He has to prove that he knows what to do, knows how to do it and knows when to do it. Other than that, Antonio has played. He knows how to play the game. I am glad he is back." Landry popped by the locker room Tuesday and was overheard telling a teammate that he "feels good, 100 percent," per Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer. Callaway's role and playing time will hinge on Landry's availability.

October 2, 2019 3:56 AM EST

Antonio Callaway: Healthy and eligible to return

Callaway (ankle) is eligible to return to the Browns in Week 5 and has gotten healthy, Nate Ulrich of the Akron Beacon Journal reports.

Analysis: Callaway has completed his four-game suspension and managed to recover from a high-ankle sprain suffered during the preseason. The second-year pro is expected to be activated off the suspended list ahead of Monday's contest against the 49ers.

September 30, 2019 10:56 AM EST

Antonio Callaway: Allowed at team meetings

Callaway (ankle) can attend meetings and other team functions while he serves a four-game suspension at the beginning of the regular season, Mary Kay Cabot of The Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.

Analysis: The suspension was announced Aug. 9, the day after Callaway suffered a high ankle sprain in Cleveland's preseason opener against Washington. His presence at the team facility should help his chances to earn a role for Week 5 and beyond, though his violation of the NFL's substance-abuse policy has led to some questions about his future with the team. Rashard Higgins is on track to serve as Cleveland's No. 3 wide receiver in September, at the very least.

August 28, 2019 12:57 PM EST

Antonio Callaway: Spotted in boot

Callaway (ankle, suspension) is wearing a walking boot, Scott Petrak of the Elyria Chronicle-Telegram reports.

Analysis: Shortly after the announcement of a four-game suspension, Callaway suffered a high ankle sprain in Cleveland's preseason opener against Washington. He now appears in danger of missing the rest of the exhibition slate, followed by the first four weeks of the regular season. Callaway's absence leaves Rashard Higgins as a clear choice for the No. 3 receiver job in Cleveland.

August 15, 2019 1:02 PM EST

Antonio Callaway: Suffers sprained ankle

Callaway suffered a high ankle sprain in Thursday's preseason game against Washington, Mary Kay Cabot of The Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.

Analysis: Though Callaway stayed in the game, it's an issue that seems destined to cost the wideout some practice time. In addition to his ankle issue, it was announced Friday that Callaway had been suspended four games for violating the NFL's substance abuse policy. His current (and in-season) absence figures to free up added opportunities in Cleveland's passing attack for Rashard Higgins, as well as Derrick Willies and Jaelen Strong to a lesser degree.

August 9, 2019 2:37 PM EST

Antonio Callaway: Suspended four games

Callaway was suspended for the first four games of the regular season Friday for violating the NFL's policy on substances of abuse.

Analysis: Callaway's off-the-field issues have plagued him since college, and this is yet another hiccup in the wideout's young career. The Browns will now be without one of their top receivers, as Callaway caught 43 passes for 586 yards and five touchdowns last year, for the first four weeks of the regular season. This leaves the No. 3 wide receiver spot wide open, with Rashard Higgins, Derrick Willies and Jaelen Strong all potential candidates to compete for additional snaps in Callaway's absence.

August 9, 2019 11:35 AM EST

Antonio Callaway: Has best day of camp Thursday

On Thursday, Callaway enjoyed what offensive coordinator Todd Monken referred to as the wideout's best day of training camp to date, Scott Patsko of reports.

Analysis: In particular, the second-year receiver "looked crisp in one-on-one drills." His good day is worth noting, since just a day earlier, both coach Freddie Kitchens and QB Baker Mayfield -- who had praised Callaway's efforts in minicamp -- noted that they'd like to see more consistency out of the 2018 fourth-rounder, who caught 43 passes for 586 yards and five TDs as a rookie. Additionally, Nate Ulrich of the Akron Beacon Journal relays that Callaway reportedly reported to training camp somewhat out of shape. In any case, the 22-year-old has time to get up to speed and barring an injury, he figures to slot in as the Browns' No. 3 wide receiver target (behind Odell Beckham and Jarvis Landry), assuming he isn't overtaken by Rashard Higgins.

August 1, 2019 12:13 PM EST

Antonio Callaway: Earns Mayfield's praise

Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield said Callaway looked sharp during the offseason program, Andrew Gribble of the team's official website reports. "We have been very happy with how [Callaway] came back from the offseason ready to go," Mayfield said. "Just how quick he is and you can tell he has been working on his craft."

Analysis: Callaway averaged 5.2 yards on 45 targets in eight games with Hue Jackson and Todd Haley running the show last season, followed by 10.3 yards on 34 targets in eight games under Freddie Kitchens, who now serves as head coach. The trade of volume for efficiency worked great from the Browns' perspective, but fantasy owners have added reason for workload concern after the team traded for Odell Beckham this offseason. With Beckham locked in for heavy target counts and Jarvis Landry manning the slot, Callaway likely needs to compete with Rashard Higgins for the third spot at wide receiver. Higgins also thrived under Kitchens last season, producing 10.6 YPT on 31 targets over the final eight games. Even if he loses the battle, Callaway would be an important part of Cleveland's roster as a No. 4 wide receiver with the ability to return kicks and punts.

July 15, 2019 12:51 PM EST

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