Here's Why Browns Offense Can Survive Odell Beckham Jr. Departure

Adam Taylor McKillop
This Baker Mayfield statistic proves why the Cleveland Browns can survive Odell Beckham Jr.'s departure from the team.
This Baker Mayfield statistic proves why the Cleveland Browns can survive Odell Beckham Jr.'s departure from the team. / Ronald Martinez/GettyImages

Odell Beckham Jr.'s dramatic departure from the Cleveland Browns is ruling NFL headlines in Week 9. Cleveland will officially release the disgruntled star wide receiver on Friday and his three-year stop with the Browns officially ends.

Cleveland may be off to a disappointing 4-4 start and OBJ's departure has many Browns fans fearing a lost season after entering the year with legit Super Bowl expectations. But, this franchise may be better off without a stud wideout and here's why.

Baker Mayfield is a better quarterback when he throws to wide receivers not named Odell Beckham Jr. The stats back this up. Mayfield owns just a 58.0 QBR and 55.3 completion percentage on balls thrown to OBJ in the past three years.

By contrast, he rates at 76.6 QBR, 67.2 completion percentage and has thrown 48 touchdowns to just 24 interceptions when targeting other receivers.

Mayfield owns 25 career starts without OBJ in the lineup (by injury or before his tenure in Cleveland). The former No. 1 overall pick has a passer rating of 95.5 and has thrown for 39 touchdowns to 17 interceptions for 6,430 yards in those contests.

It's a tough stat to dissect, but there's plenty of evidence that Mayfield is better off throwing to other receivers. Jarvis Landry will be the biggest beneficiary of OBJ's departure as the most talented wideout on Cleveland's roster.

Currently, the Browns hold +3400 odds to win Super Bowl 56 on FanDuel Sportsbook. The 4-4 start may be disappointing, but there's plenty of time for this franchise to turn things around in 2021.

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