2. Beckham and Hooper find the endzone
All offseason the beat reporters continued to rave about how good Odell Beckham and Austin Hooper looked in training camp. While the offense and Mayfield struggled against the Browns defense in camp, these two were still able to dazzle.
Hooper was the security blanket for Mayfield and was always able to find himself open late in progressions, while OBJ showed flashback athleticism making guys miss after the catch. After neither were a factor in the week one beat down from the Ravens, both had a much bigger impact in Week 2.
The tight end was still quiet but did have a nice third down catch early in the game to keep a drive going. With two catches and 22 yards, look for Week 3 to be his big break out. He and Mayfield appeared to have chemistry in camp, but with the pads on it will still take some time. I expect five catches and a play-action touchdown catch next week on one of the first few drives of the games. Hooper is too productive as a pass catcher to be kept quiet any longer.
After only 22 yards on two catches in Week 1, Beckham stepped up in a big way for the Browns with four catches for 74 yards and a touchdown in Week 2. The biggest improvement, Beckham caught 66.7 percent of his targets compared to 30 percent last week. The Stefanski offense will allow for big plays, but will cut down his targets, so efficiency is extremely important. Look for Beckham and Mayfield to pick up where they left off with another strong performance.
I expect another 5-6 receptions for 75 plus yards and another long touchdown off play action for OBJ. He has shown the ability to separate all season, Mayfield just has to get him the ball and not force it.