It’s not a surprise that Odell Beckham Jr. is making headlines at Cleveland Browns training camp. If anything, his superb plays and eye-opening catches are flying a bit under the radar, largely due to the fact that it’s what many expect from the star wideout at this point. But during Saturday’s practice session, one play Beckham made deserved more than a tip of the cap.
During a pitch-and-catch session between the quarterbacks and wide receivers, Beckham made a one-handed grab which stood out. But as we’ve seen so many times before, he made it look far easier than it surely was, as Cleveland.com’s Hayden Grove revealed.
Beckham’s play through the early stages of camp has brought plenty of praise, and it’s apparent that he and quarterback Baker Mayfield have already built a strong rapport. The duo will be fun to watch in 2019 and beyond, especially if the early results are any indication.
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Odell Beckham Jr. Making Waves at Browns Training Camp
Beckham hit the ground running when training camp got underway, and even his first grab was one which turned a few heads. As the Browns revealed on Twitter, it came in the form of Mayfield hitting his wideout with a great pass on a catch which OBJ once again made look easy.
Through the early stages of his time with the Browns, Beckham hasn’t shied away from making his feelings known about Cleveland’s young signal-caller. As Beckham told reporters following a recent practice, he’s excited to team up with Mayfield and cites that the two already have a connection from last offseason.
“I am excited to be able to play with Baker,” Beckham said. “Like I said, we talked all last offseason, joked with each other, laughed and now here we are. I’m excited to get to work.”
Odell Beckham Jr. Admits to Feeling ‘Disrespected’ by Giants
It’s quickly become apparent that a fresh start for Beckham was the right move, but the New York Giants’ decision to trade the wideout didn’t exactly sit well with him. As Beckham said in a GQ interview, he felt disrespected by the team’s move to trade him this offseason, citing that he had done a lot for the franchise.
“I felt disrespected. Like, after everything I’ve done for them. This is me being honest: This team has not been good for the last six years. Period,” Beckham said. “I felt disrespected, because I felt like I was a main reason at keeping that brand alive. They were getting prime-time games, still, as a 5-and-11 team. Why? Because people want to see the show. You want to see me play. That’s just real rap.”
While it’s unknown if Beckham is truly the reason why the Giants continued to get a decent number of primetime games, he’s unquestionably a player who fans tune in to watch. Between the 26-year-old’s passion-filled displays of emotion, one-handed grabs and explosive big plays during games, he provides a bit of everything football fans could hope to see.