High expectations were set on the new-look Cleveland Browns last season highlighted by the arrival of three-time Pro Bowl wideout Odell Beckham Jr. Despite having a ton of talent on the roster, the Browns failed to make the playoffs once again for the 18th-straight season.
Beckham is looking forward to a better campaign in the upcoming season and his chemistry with quarterback Baker Mayfield will be vital in the team's success. He discussed where the duo's chemistry is currently at with Mary Kay Cabot of Cleveland.com
“Of course, I’m going to say [the chemistry] is going to be better than last year,” Beckham said. “It’s kind of a day-by-day approach, and we’ll see what happens when we get out on the field. As far as him, he looks great — mentally, physically. He has like a four-pack now. He’s doing great. He’s just in a good place. As a teammate and as a guy who has always been a fan of Baker and as a brother, it’s great to see him in this place.”
The Browns franchise made great strides towards improving as a unit in recent seasons. The front office decided to acquire a big-name talent in Beckham and was traded along with Olivier Vernon, in exchange for Jabrill Peppers, Kevin Zeitler, and the Browns' first and third-round picks in the 2019 NFL Draft.
However, Beckham nursed a core muscle injury all throughout last season but still managed to start in all 16 games. He accounted for 1,035 receiving yards on 74 receptions along with 4 scored touchdowns. Despite tallying lower numbers in his standards, Beckham's optimism never wavered.
The Cleveland Browns dead set on ending its losing drought and exceeding higher expectations in the upcoming season. Expect Beckham and Mayfield to be at the forefront of the team's attempt to have a bounce back season in 2020.