2. Cleveland Browns WR Odell Beckham Jr.
When you play a team like the Chargers, Ravens or Chiefs, you just can’t afford to leave points off the board.
And that’s exactly what happened when the Browns needed to convert a crucial 4th and 2 deep in LA territory early in the game. Stefanski called the right play and Mayfield made the throw, but his receiver, Odell Beckham Jr., flat out dropped the ball.
Despite one-handed after one-handed catch OBJ makes on Instagram against the air, he couldn’t make a two-handed grab in an actual NFL game.
The Browns must admit the trade that brought Beckham to Cleveland failed. He’s not a fit here. Mayfield doesn’t throw the over-the-top, home run ball that puts Beckham’s speed on display. He’s still very fast, but to hammer something home I’ve written before, it’s been a very long time since Beckham was an elite receiver.
He’s making $15 million a year. A lot for guy who just got three targets, two catches and 20 yards in a game where 87 combined points were scored.
I’m not sure how much they’d get in a trade right now, and I’m not sure they’d be looking to deal him. He’s Landry’s lifelong friend and the locker room loves him.
I just can’t count on him anymore. If he does anything from here on out, it’ll have to be chalked up as a pleasant surprise.