The Baker Mayfield to Odell Beckham Jr. connection has been a piece in progress because the three-time Professional Bowl receiver arrived in Cleveland in 2019. Accidents, miss-timed routes and questionable throws have led to Beckham Jr.’s decline in numbers with Mayfield on the helm, regardless of the Browns success regardless of it.
Beckham Jr. spoke to reporters after observe on Thursday and insisted that him and Mayfield are shut off the sector.
“I feel that’s extra of a narrative that’s being created…talked to him after the sport, talked to him through the recreation, talked to him after conferences—performed Obligation with him. We chop it up on a regular basis,” Beckham Jr. stated.
Whereas it’s nice to listen to the off the sector dynamic between the younger, budding quarterback and the veteran receiver is nice, the on the sector outcomes have been lower than stellar. Whereas Beckham Jr.’s solely full season with Cleveland got here in 2019, it noticed him tally profession lows throughout the board. Beckham Jr. performed all 16 video games, catching 74 passes for 1,035 yards and simply 4 scores. Extra regarding, nevertheless, was that Beckham Jr. hauled in 55.6% of passes thrown his means. That quantity dipped to 53.5% in 2020 and is all the way down to a profession low 43.8% by means of two video games this season.
It pales compared to the success that Beckham Jr. had with former Giants quarterback Eli Manning. Throughout his rookie yr alone in 2014, Beckham Jr. reeled in 70% of his targets for 91 receptions for 1,305 yards in 12 video games. The connection between the 2 in Huge Blue led Beckham to change into among the best receivers within the NFL, a standing he not holds in the present day.
Mayfield has been much better when focusing on fellow receiver Jarvis Landry, who’s made the Professional Bowl twice since coming to Cleveland in 2018. With Landry on the shelf with an MCL sprain, the Browns passing recreation rests on Mayfield and Beckham Jr.’s potential to ascertain a rapport because the season continues. It’s one thing that was not seen within the Browns 14-7 victory over the Vikings final Sunday, the place Beckham Jr. was a non-factor, catching two passes for 27 yards.
It doesn’t get a lot simpler for the Browns (3-1), as they journey to Los Angeles to tackle the Chargers (3-1) on Sunday at 4:05 p.m. on CBS. The Chargers protection has been stingy by means of 4 video games, permitting simply 192.5 passing yards a recreation, fifth greatest within the NFL.