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Odell Beckham Jr. Is Back And It’s Making Browns Look Bad

  • The Draft Network
  • December 17, 2021
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Maybe… it really always was Baker Mayfield’s fault.

In Odell Beckham Jr.’s final 13 games with the Cleveland Browns from 2020-21, he scored three touchdowns and averaged 42.4 yards per game. He’s been with the Los Angeles Rams for four games now and has started in three of them. He has already matched his touchdown total from his last two years with the Browns with one in each of his last three games, and he’s averaging 51 yards per contest. Beckham Jr. has seamlessly become a big part of Los Angeles’ offense, and he’s only been around for a few weeks.

It’s like we’re seeing the return of the New York Giants version of the LSU product, who began his NFL career in New York in 2014 and quickly rose to prominence as their No. 1 receiver. His highlight plays and league-leading 108.8 yards per game made him one of the league’s brightest young stars, and he won the 2014 AP Offensive Rookie of the Year Award.

After getting traded to Cleveland in a surprise move in 2019, Beckham Jr.’s production took a nosedive. He played in all 16 games, yet he still had the fewest single-season yards in his career (besides his injury-shortened, four-game 2017). He scored just four touchdowns all year—also the fewest in a season besides 2017—and he had fewer receptions than in his 12 games the year before.

Things only got progressively worse from there. Beckham Jr. tore his ACL in the seventh game of 2020 and he returned to the team two weeks into the 2021 season. It didn’t take long for people to take note of the utter lack of chemistry between the veteran receiver and his quarterback.

For one thing, Mayfield was statistically a better quarterback when Beckham Jr. wasn’t on the field. He was winning more games, his completion percentage was five points higher, his touchdown-to-interception ratio was significantly improved, and his passer rating was more than 15 points better.

Meanwhile, Beckham Jr. was seeing fewer targets and receptions than ever before. The most glaring example was his three targets and two catches against the Los Angeles Chargers in Week 5. At face value, that could’ve just been a down game, but that was despite the Browns’ 42 points on 531 yards of offense. Beckham Jr. accounted for just 20 of those yards and no points.

Finally, with some help from his dad and others, Cleveland released Beckham Jr. ahead of Week 10 and he signed with the Rams. His production immediately leaped. He was getting more targets, receptions, yards per game, and scores than he had all year with the Browns.

It’s true that he has been aided by some factors out of the Rams’ control—like Robert Woods tearing his ACL the day Beckham Jr. joined his new team—but the more games he plays while continuing to produce results for the Rams, it’s hard not to start pointing figures at Mayfield and the Browns for squandering Beckham Jr.’s talent. The receiver has already proven he’s still able to put up numbers and scores when he gets targets, the question is why he wasn’t getting those looks in Cleveland.

Now, the Rams are loving what they’ve been gifted.

“What he’s been able to do in a short period of time, as far as understanding what we’re trying to accomplish offensively is pretty impressive to me,” Los Angeles quarterback Matthew Stafford said on The Rich Eisen Show. “He’s done a great job kind of just jumping in.”

Unfortunately for Beckham Jr. and the Rams, the receiver was one of the 37 players who tested positive for COVID-19 on Monday amidst a league-wide surge in cases. Beckham Jr. could miss the Rams’ game this Sunday, but whenever he returns, he’ll continue this resurgence in offensive production with his new team.

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