Browns: 4 expectations for Baker Mayfield in 2021

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2. Baker Mayfield chemistry with OBJ

OK, you noted the cheap shot I took at OBJ in the previous blurb. I’m not rooting against OBJ, though. He’s a talent that makes the Browns better and I’m actually looking for Mayfield to show that the Browns can be dangerously better with No. 13 on the field.

The trade rumors will never stop, and that’s fine. Some guys live in trade rumors (see Kevin Love). The same is true of Beckham.

So, why will lightning strike Baker and OBJ?

Beckham turns 29 in November. The No. 1 google search for “OBJ” asks “Is OBJ still in the NFL.” The point is that Beckham has become a player known for what he’s done, not for what he’s doing.

It’s been a long, long time since he made the one-handed grab on national television with the Giants. He’s still capable of taking of over a game (see last year’s Cowboys’ contest), but that’s one game in two seasons. He’s coming off major knee surgery. Beckham needs a good season. He needs to stay healthy. He needs good stats if he wants to see another contract after 2022.

Meanwhile, Baker’s got the type of capital you’d think he’d have after earning a playoff win, knowing full well, he did it without OBJ.