Baker Mayfield and Odell Beckham Jr. weren’t suffering from anything that a 43-yard touchdown pass during Thursday night’s 35-30 victory over the Bengals couldn’t cure.
Mayfield is hoping that the TD, on which he found Beckham open down the left sideline after a nice double-move on William Jackson III, will open the floodgates between the two, silence the chemistry police and be the start of something big.
"Yeah, I think so,'' Mayfield said on a video call Wednesday. “We had a few more completions last Thursday so just continue to build that, get the ball in his hands and let him make plays.”
Beckham (4 of 6 targets vs. the Bengals, 74 yards, 1 TD) caught only three other passes for 31 yards that game, including one in the second half for six yards. But it was a night to watch Nick Chubb and Kareem Hunt plow through defenders to the tune of 215 combined yards rushing and three TDs.
With the Browns laying the foundation for a run-oriented, play-action heavy scheme, Mayfield won’t be able to feed all the hungry mouths every week. He’s noted “it’s dealer’s choice” when he scans the field, but there’s no way he can keep all of his weapons happy when attempting 23 passes like he did against the Bengals.