Browns’ Baker Mayfield says people forget how good Odell Beckham Jr. is
Baker Mayfield has only been teammates with Odell Beckham Jr. for a few months. The superstar wide receiver trained on his own for much of the offseason and didn’t suit up in the Cleveland Browns’ preseason opener for precautionary measures, watching the action from the sidelines with fellow All-Pro pass-catcher Jarvis Landry.
Needless to say, Mayfield doesn’t know exactly what it’s like to play with Beckham. Regardless, he’s already very, very confident in Beckham’s ability to prove himself, telling Complex’s Zach Frydenlund that reclaiming the status of “best wide receiver in the NFL” is a bar set too low for the three-time Pro Bowler.
“I wouldn’t set it that low for him,” Mayfield said of Beckham. “I think he has his bar set very high, and that’s what we love around there is we’ve got a locker room full of guys that set high expectations for themselves but also want to win. And they know if you win, the individual accomplishments come with that.
“I think he’s such a real-life superstar that people do forget that he’s truly one of the greatest athletes in the world and how good he is at playing receiver and the game of football.”
Beckham was traded to Cleveland in March in exchange for safety Jabrill Peppers and first and third-round picks in the 2019 NFL Draft, ending his drama-filled tenure with the New York Giants. In just 12 games last season, he had 77 catches for 1,052 yards and six touchdowns.
The 26-year-old figures to eclipse those numbers with ease this season while playing for one of the most talented, explosive offenses in football. Mayfield is a rising superstar, and perhaps no team in the league boasts a better collection of skill-position talent than Cleveland, with Beckham, Landry, ultra-gifted tight end David Njoku, and star running backs Nick Chubb and Kareem Hunt.