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Jarvis Landry once again has a new reality but his ultimate goal remains unchanged

Jarvis Landry looked across the huddle Thursday, and it finally hit him.

More than four months had passed since the Browns swung a blockbuster trade to land All-Pro wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr., and Landry, one of Beckham Jr.'s best friends, has been on Cloud 9 ever since. His new reality just didn't come into complete focus until his first play in an 11-on-11 period at Cleveland's first training camp practice.

"We kind of talked about it and were talking about it in the offseason," Landry said, "but then we stepped in the huddle and it's like 'damn.'"

It was only a year ago when Landry was the new star receiver in town. From the moment he arrived in Berea, it was clear the Browns had acquired more than just a set of sure hands. 

During the beginning stages of what's been a major transition, Landry was a culture changer -- and it went beyond his now famous speech inside the Browns wide receivers room that was captured by the "Hard Knocks" cameras. His work ethic rubbed off on his fellow receivers, almost all of whom were younger and carried far less experience.

Now, Landry is in a room that features one of his best friends and one of the league's top receivers along with a talented cast of younger players who give the Browns, on paper, one of the league's best and deepest wide receiving corps in an offense chock full of other playmakers.

Check out photos from the second day of Browns Camp by team photographer Matt Starkey

Externally, it's meant higher expectations and an understanding that Landry might not be the top target on as many plays as he was last year. It just hasn't changed how Landry has approached his second training camp with the Browns.

"Every year it's the same," Landry said. "I train to win a Super Bowl and that's it. When I first got here last year, it was just win one game and we'll be happy, or just win three games and we'll be happy or we'll throw a parade. I understand but I'm here to win a championship, not just a couple of games or a division.

"We're obviously two receivers that want the ball, but it's going to come down to games where I may have three catches and Odell has 10, and visa versa. The biggest thing for us is winning the game, regardless of how we win."

Landry's already proved he can handle a decrease in targets when it equates to an increase in winning. It happened during the second half of last season, when the Browns, under the play-calling of Freddie Kitchens, opened up the offense in a way that got more receivers involved and proved to be far more efficient in the scoring zones. It resulted in a 5-3 record over the final eight games and produced some of the most entertaining Browns moments in the last decade.

In Cleveland's first eight games, Landry caught 49 of his 94 targets for 528 yards and two touchdowns. During the second half of the season, Landry had 32 receptions on 55 targets for 448 yards and two scores.

"He had more fun the second half of the year. Why? Because we won. We have the right guy here," Kitchens said. "Winning is fun; losing is not. I have total confidence. 

"Odell wants to win. Nick Chubb wants to win. Baker Mayfield wants to win. Jarvis wants to win. We have a lot of guys that want to win."

Landry's eyes are locked on 2019, so much so he was reluctant Friday to even relive the best parts of his 2018 season. He just made it clear once more what he values most, and that hasn't changed despite a major change in his surroundings.

"From the beginning, the first four games we had, we could have easily been on the other side of the standings," Landry said. "I knew then that this was a place that was creating momentum.

"I roll with whatever's coming, embrace where I'm at. Wherever I'm at, I believe it's going to be a winning tradition and winning culture."

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