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Yardbarker Logo By Chris Mueller of Yardbarker | Slide 1 of 25: Baker Mayfield's strong rookie season had pundits predicting another improvement for Cleveland in 2019, but the Browns' blockbuster trade for Beckham, one that also brought Olivier Vernon to Cleveland, threw Browns hype into overdrive. Mayfield had Jarvis Landry last year, but Landry is more of a possession receiver than a gamebreaker, and the Browns did not have a reliable, dynamic downfield threat for Mayfield. Only a handful of receivers belong in the discussion for the title of best in the NFL, and Beckham is one of them. Excluding his injury-shortened 2017 campaign, Beckham’s average stats when he plays at least 12 games are staggering: 97 catches, 1,369 yards and 11 touchdowns. Beckham is also the rare talent without a weakness. He’s great at high-pointing the football, has incredible hands and is dynamic after the catch. With Mayfield — not an end-of-the-line Eli Manning — throwing him the ball, Beckham has a chance to post incredible numbers and push the Browns to an AFC North title, and beyond.

Odell Beckham Jr.

Baker Mayfield's strong rookie season had pundits predicting another improvement for Cleveland in 2019, but the Browns' blockbuster trade for Beckham, one that also brought Olivier Vernon to Cleveland, threw Browns hype into overdrive. Mayfield had Jarvis Landry last year, but Landry is more of a possession receiver than a gamebreaker, and the Browns did not have a reliable, dynamic downfield threat for Mayfield. Only a handful of receivers belong in the discussion for the title of best in the NFL, and Beckham is one of them. Excluding his injury-shortened 2017 campaign, Beckham’s average stats when he plays at least 12 games are staggering: 97 catches, 1,369 yards and 11 touchdowns. Beckham is also the rare talent without a weakness. He’s great at high-pointing the football, has incredible hands and is dynamic after the catch. With Mayfield — not an end-of-the-line Eli Manning — throwing him the ball, Beckham has a chance to post incredible numbers and push the Browns to an AFC North title, and beyond.

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