The Raiders have their hands full with receiver Antonio Brown, which makes the previous concern about Odell Beckham, Jr. being a diva rather laughable
Oakland Raiders wide receiver Antonio Brown‘s antics continued this week. His behavior should make Browns fans grateful for their all-pro receiver.
But the worst thing he has done since joining the Browns talk a bit much about his old team the New York Giants. Several times this offseason he has been quoted discussing his trade, most notably they sent him to Cleveland to kill his career.
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That was unnecessary and he probably should have kept that to himself but if you would have told Browns fans that would be the worst you would get from him they would take that.
Wide receivers have historically been hard to handle, they think they are a bigger deal than they really are. Football is the ultimate team sport so it makes it very hard to win when some players think they are more important than the team.
That is one reason the Raiders will not have a good season, their best player is more concerned with himself than he is the team.
That is not the case with Beckham. When he was talking about the Giants this offseason it seemed to be because he was hurt that they traded him and that can be a blow to a players ego.
Beckham seems to be in a good place, he is rehabbing a hip injury and is focused on being ready for week one against the Tennessee Titans.
Several other factors should make Browns fans feel good about the future with OBJ. Jarvis Landry is Beckham’s best friend from their time together at LSU.
Landry is a no-nonsense player who has no problem putting teammates in check as we saw on Hard Knocks last year when he went on a rant on the entire receiving core.
He also cut off his trademark blonde hair, which may not seem like a big deal to most people but it feels like a mature move.
There was also a report this offseason that quarterback Baker Mayfield was getting on the receivers for their effort level. The thing that might speak the most about Beckham’s growth is that he did not respond publicly.
We would expect him to possibly say something back or feel like he needed to defend himself but instead, he carried on like it was business as usual and that is what we should expect from Beckham moving forward.
The biggest reason to be optimistic about OBJ is what is going on in Oakland with Antonio Brown. Beckham is not filing grievances, getting frostbite on his feet, or threatening to assault members of the front office.
He appears to be focused on football and being apart of the change in Cleveland along with this young core of players.