Browns news: Odell Beckham Jr. sports Grinch-themed cleats before showdown with Ravens
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Browns’ Odell Beckham Jr. sports Grinch-themed cleats before showdown with Ravens

Odell Beckham Jr.

Cleveland Browns star wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. wore Grinch-themed cleats pregame on Sunday in his team’s Week 16 matchup with the AFC North division rival Baltimore Ravens. Beckham, 27, was seen sporting the fuzzy green shoes on the field before the game, via Cleveland.com’s Mary Kay Cabot on Twitter.

While the Browns are not mathematically eliminated from the NFL playoffs just yet, they have an outside shot to earn a postseason berth. Entering Sunday against the Ravens, the Browns sit at 6-8, behind the Tennessee Titans and Pittsburgh Steelers, who are both 8-6 and vying for the final Wild Card spot in the AFC.

The Ravens, led by MVP candidate quarterback Lamar Jackson, already won the AFC North division title this season but are trying to lock up the first overall seed in the conference ahead of the New England Patriots, who won their eleventh consecutive division title on Saturday against the Buffalo Bills.

The former New York Giants wideout Beckham, who arrived in Cleveland via trade this offseason, has had a troubled relationship with the Browns this season due to the lack of winning by the team. Nevertheless, a three-time Pro-Bowler, Beckham has recorded 67 receptions for 910 yards and only two touchdowns this year, appearing in 14 games prior to Sunday’s tilt with Baltimore.

Beckham’s productivity has been much less than what Cleveland hoped for—especially when paired in the wide receivers corps alongside former LSU teammate Jarvis Landry. There are even rumors that Beckham could be gone next offseason, but reportedly the Browns shot those down, telling the former Offensive Rookie of the Year that they plan on keeping him.