Cleveland Browns wide receiver Odell Beckham absolutely believes the chemistry between him and quarterback Baker Mayfield will be much better this season than it was last year. After trading for Beckham last offseason, the Browns received a major offensive weapon and many saw them as Super Bowl contenders.
But the Mayfield - Beckham connection didn't go as planned and the Brown finished the season with a disappointing 6-10 record. "Of course, I’m going to say [the chemistry] is going to be better than last year,” Beckham said, via Mary Kay Cabot of Cleveland.com, as quoted on Pro Football Talk.
“It’s kind of a day-by-day approach, and we’ll see what happens when we get out on the field. As far as him, he looks great — mentally, physically. He has like a four-pack now. He’s doing great. He’s just in a good place.
As a teammate and as a guy who has always been a fan of Baker and as a brother, it’s great to see him in this place”.
Mayfield recently opened up on his 2019 struggles
After the Browns started losing games, the team was making the headlines for all the bad reasons and Mayfield "lost himself" in all the chaos.
"Having success all through high school and college and having that standard so high, and the past couple of years have just been a roller coaster of emotions and not nearly as much success as I'm used to," Mayfield recently said, per ESPN.
"So I would say I lost myself, not having that success, not finding out what was working. I think I tried different ways of trying to have that success, and I didn't find it. "So I lost myself in that, and I wasn't able to be who I [need to be] for these guys on the team."
But Mayfield worked hard on his physical condition as he is determined to have a big 2020 season. "I think there was a lot of plays -- looking back on last year -- physically, I wasn't able to work out as much, being beat up.
So I was heavier than I was ever playing before," said Mayfield, who twice had to temporarily leave games with separate injuries to his throwing hand and wrist. ". I needed to be able to have the scrambling ability to move in the pocket. "It's my job to be in prime physical shape, to show up and do my job on Sundays."