Browns’ Odell Beckham Jr. opens up about Bill Belichick’s attempt at pregame trash talk
On Wednesday, Cleveland Browns wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. gave a preview for what Bill Belichick may say to him on Sunday. In a previous matchup, the New England Patriots coach told Beckham: “I hope you enjoy today, but there’s not gonna be much for you.”
Beckham, per Jake Trotter of ESPN, also revealed that he figures to see Belichick sending double-coverage his way, as he has done whenever the two face each other. That’s what he told him, at least.
“That’s what he told me and that’s what he does every single time,” said Beckham. “It’s just tough, he’s gonna coach it up and they’re gonna be ready and prepared.”
Beckham has played Belichick and the Patriots just once in his career. As a member of the New York Giants in 2015, he caught four passes for 104 yards and a touchdown in a one-point loss.
Beckham is a focal point for the Browns passing offense. On the year, the superstar wideout has 29 receptions on 54 targets for 436 yards and a touchdown. He will now face the toughest task of the season, as Belichick has the Patriots defense humming.
In seven games, the Patriots defense has allowed 79 receptions for 808 yards and a touchdown to wide receivers; all numbers far below the NFL average. New England is second in passing yards allowed per game (148.4), first in interceptions (18, which doubles second place) and first in touchdowns allowed (one).
Beckham may have his hands full with the Patriots defense on Sunday. Luckily, he sounds fully prepared.