Browns receiver Odell Beckham Jr. hasn’t

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Browns receiver Odell Beckham Jr. hasn’t

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had the impact on the team that many had envisioned. The man who traded for Beckham Cleveland Browns T-Shirts , however, thinks that the player is as good as advertised.“I think Odell is one of the finest receivers I have ever been around, and I have been around a Hall of Fame receiver, too — that is James Lofton,” Browns G.M. John Dorsey told reporters on Wednesday. “I think James is one hell of a football player. Very rarely do you get to acquire a player like this.“An example would be how many guys can make the catch he made in the New York Jets game? Or even if you go to the Seattle game, how many guys can make the catch that he made on the Seattle Seahawks sideline? Not very many guys can do that, but what people do not see or do not understand is defensive coordinators now are trying to take away Odell, which that frees up the backside for other receivers. That just goes to show you that Odell is one of those guys who is a selfless individual in terms of on the field and another thing you do not see is his run-blocking ability. I think he really does a nice job on the run-blocking part of it. I am happy we have him, and I think he is a really good football player.”Dorsey’s assessment of Beckham’s skills is largely accurate, but his unabashed desire to get the football could be putting too much stress on the offense. While his presence does indeed open up the backside, as Dorsey said, if Beckham expects to get the ball even if he’s taken away, that’s a problem.The other problem is the performance of quarterback Baker Mayfield, who simply isn’t the guy he was last year. Is the stress of getting the ball to Beckham a factor in that? Is the fact that Freddie Kitchens is now the head coach and not the offensive coordinator an issue.Dorsey actually was asked on Wednesday whether it was a mistake for Kitchens to not keep Ken Zampese as the team’s quarterback’s coach.“I think that Todd Monken, Ryan Lindley and Freddie Kitchens are very good at that quarterback position , and I think we are very lucky to have those three guys helping, assisting, teaching and growing No. 6,” Dorsey said.That’s fine, but Mayfield isn’t growing on the trajectory that he was in 2018, and the biggest change to the offense has been the arrival of Beckham. HOUSTON (AP) — Entering Sunday’s game against the Houston Texans, rookie Baker Mayfield had been playing well and protecting the ball and the Cleveland Browns were on a roll, having won consecutive games for the first time since 2014.The Browns (4-7-1) came back to earth on Sunday, with Mayfield throwing a career-high three interceptions, one of which was returned for a touchdown in a 29-13 loss that extended Houston’s franchise-record winning streak to nine games.Houston raced out to a 23-0 halftime lead and added two second-half field goals by Ka’imi Fairbairn to give him five on Sunday.“Got to get better,” Mayfield said. “Got to use this, learn from it … that’s one of the better teams we’re going to play all year so if we can use this as a positive thing moving forward and get better from that, that will be great.”Mayfield, the top overall pick in this year’s draft, had his worst game of the season Cleveland Browns Hoodie , throwing three interceptions for the first time since he was a freshman at Texas Tech in 2013. He entered the game having thrown nine touchdown passes with just one interception in the past three games.Mayfield lamented the mistakes he made in this one.“I would’ve taken care of the ball, this game would’ve been very close,” he said.He finished with 397 yards passing and had a touchdown pass in the fourth quarter after throwing a career-best four in a win over the Bengals last week. The 23-year-old Mayfield was just 5 of 13 for 46 yards in a first half where he had a 9.3 passer rating.“He’s fearless,” Cleveland interim coach Gregg Williams said. “Never once did he back down at all. It’s a learning process and he doesn’t like it. He came out in the second half and was much more effective. We’ve got to do a better job around him.”Houston’s fearsome pass rush, led by J.J. Watt and Jadeveon Clowney didn’t sack Mayfield, but they hurried and harassed him for much of the day.His interceptions all came before halftime to help the Texans build the big lead early.“He probably wasn’t feeling too dangerous in the first half, but he was feeling a little more dangerous in the second half,” Watt said.Zach Cunningham made it 17-0 when he grabbed his first career interception and ran 38 yards for a touchdown in the second quarter. Officials first ruled him down at the 1, but the play was reviewed and changed to a touchdown.Kareem Jackson was called for a 47-yard pass interference penalty on Cleveland’s next drive to put the Browns at their 20. But Mayfield threw another interception two plays later and it was returned 18 yards by Johnathan Joseph.Houston added another field goal to make it 20-0 with about three minutes left in the second quarter.Mayfield’s third interception came late in the second quarter when Andre Hal grabbed the ball in the end zone.“The third one, it’s just a dumb throw,” Mayfield said of that interception. “That’s what happens when you force something late.”But Mayfield wasn’t the only one to make costly errors for the Browns. Two big gaffes came on one series in the third quarter to keep the Browns from scoring.The Texans were up 26-7 late in the third quarter Mayfield threw what looked to be a 76-yard touchdown pass to rookie Antonio Callaway, but it was brought back because of a holding penalty by left tackle Greg Robinson.Two plays later, Mayfield connected with Callaway again and he gained 71 yards before rookie Justin Reid chased him down from behind and knocked the ball out of his hands just before he would have scored. It bounced into the end zone where it was recovered by the Texans.“He did some really good things to give him some opportunities to make plays,” Williams said. “He read the thing right. He and Baker were on the same page on a few of those shots. We’ve just got to protect the ball.”
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