Odell Beckham Jr. Was Trending Hot & Cold On Sunday | The Baker Mayfield Freeze-Out Is Over, But OBJ’s Case Of The Dropsies Is Not

Odell Beckham Jr. was trending on Twitter for all the wrong reasons on Sunday. Then all the right reasons. Then the wrong reasons again. 

OBJ’s career has been on that kind of roller coaster the past few seasons.

There’s also been much banter about how underutilized OBJ is in the Cleveland Browns offense. OBJ’s touches have been a constant point of concern and, to some extent, outrage by Browns fans dating back to last season.  

 

When the team fell behind 20-0 to the Arziona Cardinals on Sunday, there were social media outbursts demanding Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield to get OBJ — in the words of Keyshawn Johnson — “the damn ball.”

OBJ’s Twitter trend took a positive turn when Mayfield hit him over the middle for a nice gain and he was tackled by two defenders who pile-drove him into the ground. At that point he had two catches totaling 42 yards. 

The positive trend would be short-lived. Beckham got up and was noticeably in pain. He flat-footed it to the sidelines. Beckham sat down, grimaced in pain and grasped his right shoulder and arm area that he landed on.

The Browns were getting blown off the field at the time, and Beckham’s ability to get open was just what the doctor ordered. Cleveland’s offense was nonexistent until Beckham’s catch, and it led to the Browns’ first TD of the game, a pass from Mayfield to Donovan Peoples-Jones. 

 

That catch looked as if it would be OBJ’s last contribution to the team on Sunday afternoon. He was shown hustling into the locker room for further evaluation. Some unconfirmed news reports had him out for the game.

 

Then all of a sudden the cameras flashed on No. 13 returning to the sideline raising his right hand high in the air as if indicating he was good to return.  

Beckham did return, and he made a catch in the third quarter that fired up the crowd with the Browns cutting into the lead 23-14. The crowd even began chanting “OBJ, OBJ.” 

Mayfield started targeting Beckham more frequently, but the good times don’t last for long these days for OBJ, and the receiver dropped another crucial fourth-down ball with Cleveland deep in Arizona territory. We’ve seen this act before.

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A tough break for Beckham, who just returned in September after undergoing season-ending ACL surgery last November. You have to believe Mayfield and Beckham will eventally find a rhythm.

JR Gamble joined The Shadow League in 2012. The General Manager of Content & Social Media is in his 25th year of covering sports and culture professionally. He has covered a wide variety of major sports and entertainment topics across different mediums, including radio, newspapers, magazines and national TV. His passion is baseball, the culturing of baseball and preserving and documenting the historically-impactful accomplishments and contributions of African-Americans in baseball.