Conflicting reports surround Odell Beckham, Cleveland Browns
Week 1 was nothing short of frustrating for the Cleveland Browns as they lost 38-6 to the Baltimore Ravens. And while there was a lot of blame to go around, wide receiver Odell Beckham, Jr. has seemed to be the focus of much of the criticism.
OBJ was targeted often but pulled in just three of the 10 passes thrown his way. He also dropped what looked to be a routine catch on 3rd-and-2 that led to a 10-point swing. And as is always the case with Beckham, the struggles have led to wild speculation.
On Tuesday, reports surfaced that the Browns are “actively shopping” OBJ. That’s at least the word from Mike Francesa.
However, it didn’t take long to hear a different version of the story. After Francesa said the Browns were shopping Beckham, NFL insider Benjamin Albright refuted that, calling the notion “false.”
This isn’t the first time we’ve had such reports surface. Last season as OBJ fought through injuries and a frustrating game plan from Freddie Kitchens, it seemed to be a weekly occurrence where rumors of his departure surfaced.
So far, no one from the Browns organization has given us any reason to believe these rumors but the truth remains that there’s something off between Beckham and quarterback Baker Mayfield.
The pair have struggled to find a good rapport and while OBJ crossed the 1,000-yard mark last season, he never seemed to be his explosive self. Once the season concluded, he had surgery to repair a core muscle injury and that led to a belief that he would be better in 2020.
Then in Week 1 the entire team struggled and the poor connection between No. 6 and No. 13 continued.
Chances are this won’t be the last of the rumors to surface, especially if the issues continue.