Cleveland Browns Baker Mayfield wishes Odell Beckham Jr. (OBJ) the best in his endeavors going forward, per ESPN. The Cleveland Browns had an outstanding performance, their best of the season thus far, against the Cincinnati Bengals. They defeated the Bengals, 41-16, days after OBJ essentially forced his way out. Mayfield emphasized going forward his focus will remain on his current teammates.
“I wish him well, I really do. My feelings haven’t changed,” Mayfield said, two days after the team announced it would release Beckham. “From a personal standpoint, he’s a good friend of mine. … But I’m worried about the guys in our locker room. I’m proud of these guys, how they were able to focus up despite all the bulls— that was going on this week and how they were able to do their job. We’re going to see if we can build on it and continue to get better.”
OBJ Vs. Browns Breakup
The breakup seemed to be inevitable, especially after Beckham’s father exposed Mayfield’s play to the masses. Hours before the Tuesday trade deadline, the video was released and featured comments discussing Mayfield’s inefficiencies and hurtful comments. On Wednesday, Beckham was excused from practice for several days which ultimately led to his release.
This Sunday, Mayfield completed 14 of 21 passes for 218 yards and two touchdowns without any turnovers. Up until the third quarter, Mayfield held onto a perfect quarterback rating of 158.3, shortly before that Browns superstar running back Nick Chubb broke a 70-yard touchdown run.
Nick Chubb broke one for 70-yard touchdown.
His 2nd score of the game
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The Browns rattled off big play after big play throughout the game. This included Brown’s cornerback 99-yard pick-six and Mayfield’s 60-yard bomb to Donovan Peoples-Jones. This was the first time since 1967 the Browns produced a passing touchdown, rushing touchdown, and defensive touchdown of 60 plus yards all within the same game, per ESPN.
“We needed that win. Our whole locker room needed it. And they knew that. Played for each other,” Mayfield said. “I trust the guys in this locker room. When adversity hit, nobody flinched. It was a long week. I’d be lying if I said otherwise. But proud of these guys.”