Cleveland, Ohio – If the Browns are 100% committed to Baker Mayfield – and all signs say they are – they should look for a trade to Odell Beckham Jr.
During a 38-6 loss to the Rens on Sunday, Beckham and Mayfield picked up where they left off last season, adding just three of 10 goals for 23 yards, the second-lowest yardage output in their career. Tied for
The disconnect is still there, and it is real.
Beckham once again offered time on the task as a solution, but the season is upon us, and there is no time for that. The Bengals are coming to town on Thursday night and this is another major AFC North game. A 0-2 start is almost a kiss of death to make the playoffs.
“Obviously, Sunday was not what we wanted … but more sports reps would be the way to go,” Beckham said on Zoom on Tuesday.
Beckham has sung that refrain from all the previous seasons, and it never changed. Beckham has had some of the least productive games in the NFL, ever since he was paired with Mayfield.
* His 23 yards marked the fourth time in 17 Brown games that Beckham has produced yards in the 20s – 23.5% of his time. In that perspective, in 59 games with the Giants, he played only two games in 20 – 3.3% of the time.
* He played three catches or less – 35% of the games here six times in his 17 games. In New York, he made three catches in 59 matches or fewer only three times – 5% in his games.
His lack of production at AFC North was particularly concerning, with 21 receptions for 296 yards and two touchdowns in seven games, three of which were wins. This is an average of three catches for 42 yards, which is far below what Brown anticipated when he traded first and third-round picks and Jabrill Papers.
In Baltimore, Beckham, a three-time pro bowler, did not get the ball for about four minutes in the second quarter, and by then he was already disappointed. He was relegated to a facemask penalty for his first goal, and then dropped a crucial third-and-2 pass in the Red Zone that could help close the gap to a 17–13 delay in the first half.
He admitted that he likes to join early.
“It’s like a shooter who picks up a couple 3s quickly and you kill one, two of them, like, God knows you can drop 60, you know what I mean?” Beckham said of the opening reception. “I would love to join early, but it didn’t go that way on Sunday. And like I said, sometimes you have to give your hat to the other team. They just came out. And they just played better than us.”
Beckham was at a loss to explain why he and Mayfield lacked chemistry, but Mayfield did not light it with anyone else. He completed only 53.8% of his passes and earned a 65.0 rating after throwing a touchdown pass and an interception.
“I’ve never played a quarterback, so it’s very difficult to put myself in someone else’s shoes,” Beckham said. “As a receiver, you’re like ‘Man, I’m Open!’ Or this or that, and it’s just not possible for me to think about whether he can go back from there or if there’s pressure or if things are going on.
“I know he has a lot on his plate. I know none of us have played the way we wanted to play on Sunday. You just have to take your hat off the Ravens. They came out of there. , They were the better team, they defeated [expletive] Out of us and we keep pushing it. “
While Beckham was talking, Mike Fransey of WFAN Radio in New York was tweeting that he hears that the Brons are shopping for receivers and that they won’t come cheap. He also said that Beckham is not the problem, meaning Mayfield is.
A major problem is Beckham’s cap this year at $ 14.25 million. Most teams are cap-strapped at this point, so trading is not easy.
But Beckham has acknowledged his admiration for Bill Belichick many times, and he is very close to Patriots quarterback Cam Newton, with whom he worked at Offsen. The Patriots have the second highest cap space of $ 31.627 million for Brows, so they definitely could have bought him.
Beckham also loves Tom Brady, but the Bucs have only $ 3.651 million in cap space. They are also set at receiver.
Beckham insists that he only wants to win, and that raising his hands is not about reaching his personal goals.
“This is a difficult situation in the way that I feel that I am misrepresenting the world,” Beckham said. “It feels hard like ‘Oh, I just want the ball’ and all these things when I really want to, I want to help. I just want to help this team in any way that I can Am
“You get the courage to play your role and you have to be confident that the coach is going to get you in the right position and we will be able to go from there. I am not very vocal about that thing and it may be my fault and I need to learn something from it. Like I said, this is the first game. “
He admitted that he should be careful with his body language during the games, so it does not appear that he is pouting.
“That’s just the way of my life,” he said. Whatever you have to do, if you do not have to give the same kind of response, you can get any such response, which may be the headline written about you. On me, right, wrong or indifferent. “
Mayfield said that he, Beckham and Kevin Stefanski should work together to fix the problem.
“It takes the three of us to be on only one page,” ‘Mayfield said. “For myself, going through my reading, trusting those reeds and distributing the ball based on the reeds that are telling me. I think we had something great. On some of them On Sundays one-to-one opportunities pass but the bus is not connected. Some of them were penalties, grabs, and pass interference that we talked about.
“We’re working on it so we’ll fix it.”
Mayfield said that any form of forcing the ball for Beckham – particularly on the opening drive of the third quarter when he went to them six times – was going just where the Reeds were taking him.
He said, “If you guys want to see it, there’s a lot of people depending on it, and we take our one-on-one matchup,” I trusted those guys. There is a one-on-one drama. … it may take [like forcing], But it is a face-to-face matchup. “
Mayfield admitted that “it has to come naturally. Obviously, you do the gameplay and you plan things to get the ball into the hands of your playmakers, but when game time comes, they give us something There are going to be looks that can take it. He was away. We had a duet for him to play quickly, and the Ravens did a good job of taking him away, so we got to read and put the ball on other people. Had to be transported in the hands.
“When it comes to game time, yes, you can practice, practice, practice and you can get a certain look throughout the week in practice, but then game time they give you a Can show different things and you have to react, play and just go ahead. It has to come naturally. “
He conceded that going to Beckham even if he was single might not be the right decision. Ravens Pro Bowl Corner, Marlon Humphrey and Marcus Peters won their share of those matches and were often better places to go with the ball.
“Yes, when the warning goes off in your mind that we are doing one-on-one with him and you want to get him the ball, but it should be the right scenario and the right situation for us,” he said.
We heard the same thing last season, and a disappointed Beckham is not good for the Browns.
The time has come to allow him to try to find a new home.
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