Baker Mayfield Addresses Lack of Chemistry With Odell Beckham Jr.

Adam Taylor McKillop
Cleveland Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield addresses his lack of chemistry with Odell Beckham Jr.
Cleveland Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield addresses his lack of chemistry with Odell Beckham Jr. / Will Newton/GettyImages

The Cleveland Browns' offense was not impressive in Week 4, although they walked away with a gritty victory over the Minnesota Vikings. Arguably the most frustrating part of this performance was Baker Mayfield's lack of chemistry with his best weapon, wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr.

Beckham returned from his 2020 ACL tear in Week 3 and immediately the Browns ramped up their passing attack, seeing Mayfield record back-to-back weeks with 30+ attempts. But, that uptick in volume hasn't resulted in production and the Browns completed less than 20 passes in each of those games.

On Sunday, the poor chemistry hit a tipping point when Mayfield was only able to connect with OBJ on 2-of-7 targets for 27 yards. Mayfield addressed this issue on Wednesday.

Like any good quarterback and leader should, the Browns' signal-caller took the blame himself, simply saying "it starts with me."

It'll be interesting to see how quickly the two can get on the same page. Beckham is clearly a weapon, and thanks to injuries has only one full year of working with Mayfield under center. OBJ did go for 1,000+ receiving yards in 2019, but caught just 55.6% of his targets.

Cleveland enters Week 5 with a matchup against the Los Angeles Chargers. Currently, the Browns are slim 1.5-point road underdogs on FanDuel Sportsbook.

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