Odell Beckham has a right to be frustrated with Cleveland Browns situation
Cleveland Browns wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. voiced his frustrations about his usage against the Broncos, and he has a right to be frustrated.
When the Cleveland Browns acquired Odell Beckham Jr. in the offseason, it was expected his presence would instantly take the Browns offense to the next level. But now halfway through the season, the Browns make it seem like Beckham is nonexistent on the field.
Beckham is in the middle of a career-worst season and it does not seem like it is going to get any better. The Browns are hardly making Beckham a point of emphasis in their game plans, and appears it is starting to affect Beckham’s psyche.
With the Browns needing to convert a fourth down with four minutes left in the game, Beckham beat Chris Harris Jr. and had a step on the cornerback with no safety help over top. Despite Beckham having a step, Baker Mayfield did not look Beckham’s way and instead threw an incompletion into a cluttered area.
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While walking off the field after the failed fourth down attempt, Beckham said “I can’t get the ball to save my life,” according to CBS’ Jay Feely. After the play, Beckham seemed visibly upset as he intently stared towards the field.
Beckham has a right to be frustrated because the Browns have not figured out a way to get him involved in the offense. He can make plays at any level of the field, but the Browns somehow cannot put the ball in his hands.
In the fourth quarter against the Broncos, Beckham showed his ability to be a play-maker and turned short or intermediate throws into big plays. However, the Browns are not putting him in position to make plays after the catch, limiting his ability.
Although he is dealing with extra attention from the defense, Beckham has proven before he can make plays even with the extra attention. But the Browns are not targeting him enough, so he does not have many opportunities to create big plays.
The biggest problem with Beckham’s lack of usage is the Browns seem to completely ignore Beckham in the red zone. Because of his athleticism, Beckham can find space to make a catch in tight spaces, which is needed in the red zone. But as the Browns continue to struggle in the red zone, they are not even attempting to get the ball to Beckham.
With his ability to make plays in almost any situation, Beckham has a right to be frustrated. The Browns offense has been putrid, but they refuse to use one of their best weapons. And when they do, they are forcing the ball to him to almost appease him.
And it appears that even after the bye week, the Cleveland coaching staff still cannot find ways to get him the football. If that does not change quickly, the Beckham situation in Cleveland could become very uncomfortable.