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Browns hoping Odell Beckham’s play outweighs his antics

The Browns apparently believe Odell Beckham Jr. is worth the trouble.

The Giants finally reached their breaking point with the talented-but-polarizing wide receiver, shipping OBJ to Cleveland in a blockbuster trade earlier this week.

The Browns, who were winless in 2017 before improving to 7-8-1 last season behind No. 1-overall pick Baker Mayfield, clearly are willing to accept any risky tradeoffs associated with Beckham as long as he provides another potent weapon for their improving offense.

“We all understand the magnitude of his ability to play the game of football,” Browns GM John Dorsey said about Beckham on a conference call. “I know Odell is very passionate. I know he is competitive. I know he can help this football team, and if you get a chance to acquire a guy like that, you know what, take a shot at it. We acquired him.”

Dorsey is taking the chance that new coach Freddie Kitchens and receivers coach Adam Henry — who served in that same capacity in with the Giants (2016-17) and when Beckham and Browns wideout Jarvis Landry were teammates at LSU – can curb Beckham’s antics and get the most out of the $90 million wideout.

“I think with Baker, he showed last year that he can step up to certain challenges,” Dorsey said. “And again, the object of this thing is to surround him with as many good football players as you possibly can.

“Expectations, I hear a lot about that. But I know this: Good football teams, they win in the fall. And what we’ve done is we’ve added some talent. Now the chemistry part’s got to take over with it.”

Original article: https://nypost.com/2019/03/14/browns-hoping-odell-beckhams-play-outweighs-his-antics/

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