Beckham caught just three passes for a whopping 22 yards in Sunday’s 38-6 beatdown courtesy of the Baltimore Ravens. His first target didn’t come until the second quarter. With the Browns trailing 17-6 with under a minute left in the first half, Beckham dropped a crucial pass on third and short. This led to a touchdown pass from Lamar Jackson to Mark Andrews to make the score 24-6 before the half.
In the second half, Baker Mayfield looked to be forcing throws to Beckham, but with minimal success. To be fair, the first few weeks are similar to preseason games, but for a veteran like Beckham, these drops simply cannot happen.
It’s not clear how serious the Browns are about moving Beckham. NFL reporter Benjamin Allbright hears that the rumor is not true.
Whichever member of the media you elect to believe, it does open up a question on whether it’s time for the Browns to move on from the star wideout.
In 2019, Beckham, who was hobbled by injuries, caught 74 passes for 1,035 yards and four scores. 2020 is supposed to be a redemption season for Beckham and the Browns and if Sunday was any indication, then it will be much of the same results. Luckily for the Browns, it was only one game, and one they have to get over quickly as they host the Bengals in the home opener on Thursday night.
If the productivity doesn’t increase for Beckham, who head coach Kevin Stefanski wants to get involved earlier, then it would make sense for the Browns to see what they can get in return. The productivity will get better only if Mayfield can find his identity as a quarterback.
Let’s see how Beckham responds over the next four or five weeks and then if it simply isn’t working, then maybe this experiment will be dubbed a failure and both parties can move on. For the Browns sake, Beckham and Mayfield have to get on the same page.