Baker Mayfield encourages his wideouts to “be patient”

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Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield sought out his star receivers on the field last week, after throwing a touchdown to tight end Harrison Bryant, putting his arms around Jarvis Landry and Odell Beckham Jr. and saying: “I love you boys. Be patient. I love you.”

The words mattered, since it’s not apparent from their play-calling or production, as the Browns have the league’s 30th-ranked passing game with a pair of high-profile wideouts.

“Yeah, of course [it was appreciated],” Landry said, via Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer. “He has awareness. He understands just as well I am sure as everybody on this call or everybody that watches our games understands, guys want the ball. There’s no question about that.”

The Browns have completed just 53 passes in three games, with Landry catching 12 of them and Beckham 11.

But the way they’re running the ball, and winning, has put them in accepting state of mind. Landry said they were “embracing our role as blockers,” and Beckham also downplayed the lean away from the passing game.

“We’re just finding ways to win right now, to be honest,” Beckham said. “It is like you play basketball and someone is right-handed and you can’t force them to go left. Why would you even go left? That is what I always say. We are just doing what works right now and what is getting us wins.”

What’s working at the moment is Nick Chubb and the running game, but the fact Mayfield feels compelled to keep his receivers encouraged underscores the concern for keeping his big-name receivers on board.

4 responses to “Baker Mayfield encourages his wideouts to “be patient”

  1. Cleveland has the best backfield in the NFL and they should focus on the running game. I like Mayfield but he’s still making too many bad throws. If he can control his reckless, “gunslinger” tendencies then he’ll be fine.

    And the worst thing he could do is try to force the ball to OBJ and Landry. He needs to take what the D gives him.

  2. Humble pie!!! 😁😁😁 Keep running the football, opens the passing game, and equal wins. Go Browns!!!!

  3. Last two games OBJ was double teamed leaving wide open lanes all over the place Opposite him. The idea that the sports media think Baker should ignore guys who don’t have defenders in the same area code just to pad someone’s stats is ridiculous. I thought football was a team sport. Sounds like the sports media misses Freddie Kitchens.

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