Baker Mayfield on Odell Beckham: We’re looking forward to getting back to work together

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One of the common narratives that emerged about Cleveland’s 2020 offense was that the unit got better after Odell Beckham Jr. went out with a season-ending knee injury.

Several members of the team have taken issue with that characterization, pointing to the fact that the Browns were all learning a new scheme under head coach Kevin Stefanski and that the offense was naturally improving. During his Tuesday press conference, quarterback Baker Mayfield reiterated that’s the way he feels about how the situation evolved.

“I told you guys during the season, when we had that bye week, we were able to truly sit down and kind of see what we were doing well, what we weren’t. And we were able to grow from there,” Mayfield said. “So timing-wise, it was unfortunate when the injury happened. But that’s why you see the growth from the first half to the second half of the year.

“I wouldn’t say that it’s because we’re not throwing to him. You look at you take one person off, you still have 10 other guys who are on the field. So it’s not about that. The narrative can be what it is, but we’re looking forward to getting back to work together.”

To that end, Mayfield also noted that he and Beckham should show a better connection within the offense in 2021.

“Anytime you’re going from Year 1 to Year 2 in the same system, you’re going to make a tremendous jump,” Mayfield said. “But I also think where we were at before his injury happened on an under-thrown ball by me — we truly didn’t have a true identity on offense at that point. And I think that took our bye week right in the middle of the season last year to really sit down and do a self-scout and for us to grow.

“I’ve talked to Odell, he’s very happy with where he’s at in the rehab process. I’m happy for him. He looks good, he feels good, and looking forward to starting where we should.”

Beckham caught 74 passes for 1,035 yards with four touchdowns in 2019, his first season with Cleveland. In seven games last year, he had 23 receptions for 319 yards with three TDs. While Beckham’s catch percentage was at 62.7 percent in five seasons with the Giants, that figure is at 55.1 percent in 23 games catching passes from Mayfield with Cleveland.

9 responses to “Baker Mayfield on Odell Beckham: We’re looking forward to getting back to work together

  1. I believe Mayfield has already thrown his last pass to Beckham. I think there is a good chance Beckham will be catching passes from Jered Goff next season.

  2. I would hate to see this, as I cant stand Green Bay, BUT, I’m thinking that Packers offense would be pretty hard to mess with if OBJ was opposite of Adams with Rodgers dealin… Yikes.

  3. They could’ve used Odell in the playoffs. I doubt he would’ve made the boneheaded play to dive at the goal line and fumble the ball to cause a touchback.

  4. OBJ for Gilmore would be an interesting trade. Both have been rumored to be traded for a year.

  5. Next year the browns won’t be able to keep Landry and OBJ with all the other rich contracts the team will have. Trade OBJ and get some value now

  6. OBJ’s last really good season was 2016. 1367 yards and 10 tds. That was really his last year of being a Top 5-10 wide receiver. And this is his prime.

    The stats don’t lie, if I was the Browns I would trade this guy and get as much as I can.

  7. Guy has gotten by on name value alone for 4 years now. I’ve never seen a guy be more average and drop more balls, while simultaneously being massively overpaid, and still have such a casual base of fans support them.

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