Odell Beckham Jr. has finally joined the Cleveland Browns for their mandatory minicamp this week. One of the people the former New York Giants star was most excited about is quarterback Baker Mayfield.
Speaking to the media on Wednesday, Beckham spoke glowingly about his new quarterback, admitting that he’s followed him since he was at Oklahoma. Beckham also praised Mayfield’s confidence and arm strength.
“I’ve watched Baker since Oklahoma. I think it’s the confidence. You can’t coach that. I’m going to have to get adjusted to the speed because he’s got an arm. This is completely different.”
The arm strength comment could have been a subtle dig at his former quarterback, Eli Manning. The New York quarterback’s inability to get Beckham the ball as often as he liked is widely believed to have been a contention point during his time with the Giants.
The Giants traded Beckham to Cleveland in the spring in exchange for a pair of draft picks and defender Jabrill Peppers.
#Browns WR Odell Beckham Jr.: “I’ve watched Baker since Oklahoma. I think it’s the confidence. You can’t coach that. I’m going to have to get adjusted to the speed because he’s got an arm. This is completely different.”
— Keith Britton (@KeithBritton86) June 5, 2019
In his first three NFL seasons, Beckham made three straight Pro Bowls while averaging over 1,300 yards and double digit touchdowns.
But injuries hampered Beckham over the past two seasons, and he’s played in just 16 of 32 games as a result.
In moving to Cleveland and hooking up with Mayfield, Beckham joins a team that is quickly establishing itself as a Super Bowl contender despite missing the playoffs every year since 2002.