My NFL coverage debut: Here’s Baker Mayfield on the Browns adding Odell Beckham Jr. and Jarvis Landry to his receiver corps. pic.twitter.com/XjrKyJdsrs
— Adam McCalvy (@AdamMcCalvy) March 15, 2019//
Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield acknowledges the franchise's recent blockbuster trade means he'll be throwing to two Pro Bowl wide receivers with larger-than-life personalities: newcomer Odell Beckham Jr. and OBJ's former Louisiana State University teammate Jarvis Landry.
"You could say the same thing about [my personality]. You don't want to tame it," Mayfield told baseball writers Friday as he visited Milwaukee Brewers spring training in Phoenix to watch a good friend, outfielder Christian Yelich. "You just let them be themselves and make plays. That's who they are. When it comes down to it, the guys in that locker room, you're going to love playing with them.
"From [Beckham's former New York Giants teammates] Saquon [Barkley] and Sterling Shepard, [who] I'm very close with, I know exactly who OBJ is inside the locker room and who he is to his teammates. That's the most important thing. People can have their attitudes and perspective on it, but he's himself, and he also has his teammates' backs."
In Beckham's 59 career games, all with the Giants, he has caught 390 passes for 5,476 yards and 44 touchdowns. In Landry's 80 career games, spanning four seasons with the Miami Dolphins and one with the Browns, he has caught 481 passes for 5,014 yards and 26 touchdowns.
"It's going to be exciting," Mayfield said. "We've got two LSU Tigers we're throwing to, and, obviously, we have a lot more talent, too. So it's going to be a thing where you pick your poison."
Since General Manager John Dorsey struck a deal Tuesday night to send a first-round draft pick (No. 17 overall), a third-round selection (No. 95 overall, from the New England Patriots) and starting strong safety Jabrill Peppers to the Giants in exchange for Beckham, expectations for the Browns have soared.
"An exciting time in Cleveland, absolutely," Mayfield said. "The fans there, after having a decent year [with a record of 7-8-1] — nothing that we were really too happy about — were unbelievably satisfied. But now, I can't even imagine. I haven't been back yet, so it's going to be really exciting to go back."