Baker Mayfield says Odell Beckham Jr. will thrive in front of Browns fans
In a recent ESPN piece, Mayfield said Beckham Jr. will thrive in front of fans in Cleveland who “actually” care. Ouch. If you’re a fan of the Giants, those comments may have struck a nerve from the Browns quarterback.
Here’s the full-quote from Mayfield:
“He’s here to work, and he wants to be surrounded by people who love and support him and allow him to be himself,” Mayfield said. “He’s here to play in front of fans who actually care, who will actually show up to every game and pack the stadium and love him for who he is.”
When Beckham Jr. was with the Giants, there was a sort of love-hate relationship between him and the fans. When he played great and they won, he was praised. But when they lost, they blamed his antics as the reason why the team was declining.
Nonetheless, Dave Gettleman saw Beckham Jr. as enough of a distraction to trade him to Cleveland. As a result, the Browns landed one of the best receivers in football and have heightened their expectations this season.
In New York, Beckham Jr. was catching passes from an aging Eli Manning who is noticeably getting worse under center. Now, he’ll be catching passes from one of the rising stars at quarterback in Mayfield. And as Mayfield alluded to, Beckham Jr. will also be able to be himself in Cleveland.