Baker Mayfield and Odell Beckham, Jr. haven’t found that perfect rhythm yet, but they are working to make it happen in 2021
Aren’t you just a little more curious and excited to see what Cleveland Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield and wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. can do together this season?
After two years of not exactly stellar performance between these two powerful personalities, causing controversy almost every day in the frenzy of sport and the crosswinds of life, I expect both of them to offer a season of spectacular throws and one-handed catches on tiptoe standing apart and led the Browns to a new level of success that has not been seen in these parts for 30 years.
Recently, when I saw media footage of the two megastars working together during a ball training session, I was recently reminded that these guys are really good soccer players and, like on any gymnastics field, work together. The time and commitment you see between these two makes me brood on the possibilities of this team as they prepare for the start of the regular season.
Considering Beckham’s return from major knee surgery in October 2020, what we’re seeing at Beckham as he prepares for the start of the season is very impressive. Mayfield is also in really good physical shape and looks faster and smoother in his game.
All in all, I expect an impressive job from both of them. This connection between the two and the same side seems to be playing out right before our eyes.
I pay tribute to the Browns coaching staff and their head coach Kevin Stefanski for helping create this new perspective on the game for players and getting them to focus on the idea that it needs everyone and focus on details and tries to improve on a personal level. That shows very clearly in what we see in this Beckham and Mayfield training camp.
Here are three areas I see as reasons Mayfield and Beckham will have a breakout season.
Baker Mayfield, OBJ Improvement: Communication
You and I both know that if you don’t communicate in whatever capacity, there will be a loss of trust and good production. In the first year Beckham joined the team, there wasn’t a good leader on the team.
Former Browns trainer Freddie Kitchens did some good things with the team, but his strength didn’t reflect the tools for working on his team. When Cleveland’s 2019 season headed south, many of the players like Beckham and Mayfield regularly looked upset and preferred to point fingers at each other.
Bringing Stefanski here was a lifesaver. But even then, the Mayfield-Beckham connection was still struggling to get going. Many have noticed that Mayfield was too adamant about forcing Beckhams to head early last season before Beckham went down with that serious knee injury.
I would agree that Mayfield’s enforcement of the problem was pretty obvious and that things seemed to change for Mayfield after Beckham went under. Perhaps because he knew he didn’t have a superstar wide receiver who, consciously or unconsciously, wanted his attention, things generally rose statistically for him.
After the season ended in Kansas City, with the luck of the NFL planning gods starting again for the Browns this season, Mayfield and Beckham have committed to training with their fellow teammates before regular training camp.
This public presentation of their collaboration is obviously a show and brings us to this conversation, but what isn’t on tape is what excited me because I really believe these two leaders on the team are doing their best to create a new one Level to achieve success for yourself, but more importantly for your team.