The Daily Dawg Tags brings you all the Cleveland Browns news you need to know, including the team not being concerned about Odell Beckham Jr.
In his first four games with the Cleveland Browns, Odell Beckham Jr. has not been performing at the expectations set for him. Except for a few plays against the New York Jets, Beckham has not had a chance to show off his explosive athleticism in the orange and brown.
Beckham has caught 21 receptions for 308 yards and one touchdown so far this season. He has only caught 56.8 percent of his targets, which would be a career low.
Because of his struggles to get the ball and make plays, there is a growing concern Beckham will become increasingly frustrated that he is not getting the ball. There have been times during the season Beckham has visibly shown frustration on the field.
But in today’s featured article, Browns head coach Freddie Kitchens explains why he is not worried about Beckham not getting the ball and discusses why Beckham is actually frustrated.
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"“I know that Odell Beckham is a good player,’’ he said. “We want him to get the ball. I did not sense the frustration. I sensed him looking at the scoreboard and realizing that we needed to keep going, and you never know when you’re playing those positions when you’re going to get the ball. I think Odell Beckham likes to win football games. I did not sense that he was frustrated from that.”"
During Sunday’s game against the Baltimore Ravens, it was pretty clear Beckham was more frustrated he was being interfered with without penalties instead of not getting the ball. At some point, the penalties will start being called against the defenders, which will help create chances for Beckham to break coverages and make the plays he is used to making.
After defeating the Ravens on the road in a key early season divisional game, Joe Schobert believes the Browns can play with anyone because of how well they played as a team against Baltimore. He is also confident Baker Mayfield will help the team excel because of his competitiveness.
"Much of what the Browns did after Freddie Kitchens ascended to interim offensive coordinator in 2018 was built out of play action, in part because of the success of Nick Chubb on the ground. Chubb found similar wins on the ground Sunday, which ideally would bring the much-needed balance to the Browns’ offense that was missing in the first three weeks."
The Cleveland Browns’ decision to ride on the back of Nick Chubb helped set up the rest of the offense against Baltimore, forcing the defense to hold their ground for a second to make sure Chubb did not get the ball. And by forcing the defense to move their eyes using motions and misdirection, it overall helped the entire offense, especially Mayfield and the passing offense.
The Cleveland Browns have not had the success on the field that many were anticipating, even though they have started the season as a .500 team. However, there have been several surprises and disappointments from the first quarter of the season.