Odell Beckham Jr. feels Browns ‘shied away’ from challenging Stephon Gilmore
Not as a whole, but in terms of attacking one player: Stephon Gilmore.
Gilmore is widely viewed as one of the top cornerbacks in the NFL, so it’s only natural to not want to throw his way, even if Beckham is the receiver he is covering.
But don’t tell that to Beckham, who wishes he would have gotten more targets:
“I just felt like we didn’t challenge as much as we could have,” Beckham said of Gilmore, per Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk. “I think we kind of shied away from it. I was expecting and looking forward to it, but that wasn’t the case today. We had a couple plays, but for whatever reason we didn’t do as much challenging as we talked about. Other than that whatever came my way, pretty much I caught. Whatever opportunities I had I made the most of them. You can only control what you can control.”
Beckham was targeted seven times in the loss, logging five catches for 52 yards.
It was just the latest middling performance in what has been a season full of them for Beckham, as he has totaled just 34 receptions for 488 yards and one touchdown on the season, all of which rank outside of the top 20 in their respective statistical categories.
The Browns acquired Beckham during the offseason with the hope that he would help make them an elite offensive ball club, but has not been the case thus far.