Jarvis Landry and Baker Mayfield share interesting observations about how life changes now that Odell Beckham has joined them.

BEREA  Jarvis Landry seemed fine with the pressure. Baker Mayfield seemed to crave it.

But there was something undergrown about the Browns last spring, something unnatural about making too much of those two.

Landry, a fine extra piece for anyone's offense, was by far the most accomplished player in Cleveland's attack. Casting him as a big star was too much. And Mayfield was a rookie.

Still, they coped well on a team that went on a late 5-1 hot streak.

They have emerged in an incredibly different place. Each might become a much better contributor than he was in 2018, but a huge part of the pressure has dispersed onto the shoulders of Odell Beckham Jr. A very healthy balance could emerge.

For his part, Landry seems genuinely overjoyed by the arrival of his former LSU teammate. Landry opened up on the topic Monday as he recalled the afternoon John Dorsey finished the deal.

"I didn't know if it was possible," he said. "I was hoping in the back of my mind. ... I kind of got the phone call maybe a little bit before everybody, that the trade went through.

"Then I talked to John. I cried with John. (Laughing) Then I cried with Freddie (Kitchens)."

Landry averaged 100 catches in four years with the Dolphins before Dorsey acquired him in a trade on March 14, 2018. Beckham became a big star across the last five seasons with the Giants.

Landry shared what he imparted to Beckham about jumping to Cleveland.

"It was tough for me, too," he said. "When you play in a place and you feel like you’ve given your all and it ends so quickly.

"I told O about the love and the appreciation. Everybody that works in this building made me feel so comfortable. It feels like family here. I told him he would appreciate that, that he can come here and honestly just be himself, and people would love him for that.

"That was my pitch."

Mayfield says he imagined an offense featuring Beckham and Landry before Dorsey surprised him by making it a reality.

"I thought about throwing to (Beckham), just running routes on air, realizing the potential and all the talent he has. It’s unique," Mayfield said. "So then you put two LSU Tigers next to each other. It’s a dangerous duo."

The best of Julio Jones-Roddy White might be along the lines of what is possible with Beckham-Landry.

In their second year together, 2012, Jones (79 catches, 1,198 yards) and White (92, 1,351) helped Atlanta to a 13-3 regular season en route to the NFC finals.

The breakout year at LSU was 2013 for Landry (77 catches, 1,193 yards) and Beckham (59, 1,152), but they went their separate ways via the 2014 draft, and they have experienced just two playoff games between them, both blowout losses in 2016.

Elsewhere in 2016, Atlanta got to a Super Bowl with a superstar wideout (Jones had 334 yards in three postseason games) grouped with adequate sidekicks, Mohamed Sanu and Taylor Gabriel. By the end of that season, Beckham (101 catches, 1,367 yards, 10 TDs) was proving he belonged in any discussion with Jones (83 catches, 1,409 yards, six TDs).

Landry might not bring as much juice as Roddy White in his prime, but the Beckham affect could be magical for him.

Mayfield sees an immediate impact.

"Definitely," he said.

To that, unprompted, Landry added, "Dancing together."

A grinning Beckham chimed in, "Dancing."

Beckham and Landry met when they were in high school and became best friends in college.

"He's a great person, first of all," Landry said. "The player part of it takes care of itself. We all see it. But his leadership ... his competitive nature that he has inside of him is different. Very different.

"He's going to push me. He's going to push the room. He's going to push Baker."

Landry was a lightning rod for making the Beckham trade happen.

"I feel like we spoke this into existence almost," Beckham said. "This is something that we talked about at 17. ‘I’m going to live right down the street from you. We’re going to be on the same team.’ It’s like ... surreal."

Adding to the mystique is the fact Browns wideouts coach Adam Henry was the position coach to Beckham and Landry at LSU.

"He knows a lot about our lives, inside and out," Landry said.

Who knows how this revised act will look in a few months. For now, the balance, the symmetry and the buzz are fascinating.

 

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