The Cleveland Browns have gotten out to a bumpy start to begin the 2019 season, having dropped three out of their first five contests. It has led to chatter around the team to pick up with the talk centering around the future of star wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. Head coach John Dorsey has come out to speak on the topic.
Browns’ rough start to the 2019 season
The Browns entered the 2019 season with plenty of hype to make another significant push forward.
However, it has been a struggle for them to get any traction due to their inconsistent play offensively. The bulk of these struggles have stemmed from second-year quarterback Baker Mayfield having issues throwing the ball effectively, which has drawn questions about his ability under center.
Mayfield has recorded eight interceptions to four touchdown passes along with a 55.9% completion rate in the first five games. He has also notched an interception in each contest and is coming off his worst performance of the season, completing 8-of-22 passes for 100 yards and two interceptions in the lopsided loss to the San Francisco 49ers.
John Dorsey shuts down trade talk around Odell Beckham Jr.
The sluggish start to the season has led to trade discussions to arise involving their Pro Bowl wide receiver in the days ahead of Week 6 action against the Seattle Seahawks.
It hasn’t taken long for that to make its way back around the front office to chime in on the matter. According to Adam Schefter of ESPN, general manager John Dorsey has voiced that there is no truth to the chatter around the star wide receiver.
Then there was a report that surfaced this past week that the Browns were listening to offers for Beckham, to which Browns general manager John Dorsey told ESPN: “That’s fake news.”
It shouldn’t come as much of a surprise that the Browns have quickly dismissed that talk. Beckham Jr. may not have gotten off to an extremely productive start as expected, but he is their biggest playmaker in the passing game, who is only further developing his chemistry on the field with Mayfield.
Browns focused on making a playoff push
It may not have been the start to the season that the Browns had envisioned, but they are in the thick of the AFC North division race trailing the Baltimore Ravens by just one game for the lead heading into Week 6 action.
Mayfield has had notable issues throwing the ball, but Beckham Jr. will play a significant part in helping the Browns turn it around offensively. He is one of the best wide receivers in the game and will only see his role continue to increase as the season wears on.
In the first five games, the 26-year-old had 23 catches on 43 targets for 335 receiving yards and a touchdown. Outside of a strong outing against the New York Jets with six catches for 161 receiving yards and a touchdown, he has mostly been quiet.
Cleveland certainly has the talent with one of the best wide receiver tandems in the league and a promising running back in Nick Chubb. If the Browns hope to make a serious push towards the playoffs, they will need Beckham Jr. to be a major part of the offensive puzzle.