Former New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. will not get to have a revenge game against his former team, but his Cleveland Browns teammates have his back.
Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield said earlier this week the team will approach Sunday's game against the Giants with Beckham specifically in mind:
“[T]his one would mean a ton to him,” Mayfield said, via Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk. “Not necessarily in a revenge way, but whenever you play a team that you are familiar with — I had the same thing in college going back and playing Texas Tech — it means a lot to you. We are going to play for him because he is one of our guys so we need to do that.”
Beckham suffered a torn ACL earlier in the year and is sidelined for the remainder of the 2020 season.
Still, he is clearly disappointed not to have the chance to line up against the Giants.
Beckham has been openly critical of the franchise. He claimed New York did not do enough to surround former Giants quarterback Eli Manning with talent in the final years of Manning's career. The Pro Bowler also said former Giants head coach Pat Shurmur told young receivers to stay away from OBJ, making the star wideout feel isolated.
Although Beckham will not be on the field, he will be pulling hard for his Browns. Both teams have plenty to play for, with Cleveland still jockeying for playoff positioning and the Giants hoping to keep pace with the Washington Football Team in the NFC East.