Right in the end zone and on the highlight reels, Odell Beckham Jr. felt like home after his return to the MetLife Stadium, on Monday night. With an 89-yard touchdown catch and a spectacular one-handed grab, the Browns wide receiver helped lift Cleveland past the short-handed and banged-up New York Jets 23-3.
“We got the ball in (No.) 13′s hands,” Browns wide receiver Jarvis Landry said, “and let him go.”
Given Freddie Kitchens his first win as Cleveland’s coach, Trading from the Giants in March, Beckham helped the Browns (1-1) to fall back to a 30-point loss to Tennesse in their opener to top the Jets (0-2)
It all occurred when Jets defensive coordinator, Gregg Williams was being called by Beckham on Thursday, saying that the Browns instructed players to hurt him in a preseason game in 2017. Williams denied Beckham’s accusations and jokingly asked reporters: “Odell who?”
Williams, who led the Browns to a 5-3 record as their interim coach last season, also chided reporters for giving Beckham attention and wouldn’t call him one of the NFL’s most dynamic players. Beckham also explained that it fuels him, all the good comments and the bad comments, he feels all of it and that he just wants to be the very best that he ever can and be the leader he is supposed to be.
“He said that? Jesus,” the Browns quarterback said, shaking his head. “Next question. Not a dynamic football player? OK.” Beckham helped the Browns take a 3-0 lead on their first possession on Austin Seibert’s 23-yard field goal — a drive highlighted by a spectacular 33-yard, one-handed grab that got Cleveland down to the Jets 4.
Mayfield, who beat the Jets last year in his NFL debut during a Thursday night game that ended Cleveland’s 19-game winless skid, was 19 of 35 for 325 yards, including the TD to Beckham, and an interception. Garrett had three of the Browns’ four sacks. Bell had 68 yards rushing on 21 carries and 10 catches for 61 yards for the Jets.
When officials made Beckham change his mirrored visor due to its reflective nature, then had to come out of the game briefly. He later returned with a clear visor on his helmet.
(With inputs from AP)