The Cleveland Browns took their offense to a new level with the acquisition of wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr.
The team and the rest of the league won’t know just how good the offense will be until the season begins this fall, but there is at least one player outside of Cleveland who is eager to find out.
Cornerback Joe Haden, who is entering his third season with the Pittsburgh Steelers, was on NFL Total Access this week and claimed that he is looking forward to going up against the revamped Browns offense, according to 247Sports.com:
“I really like what Dorsey is doing with the organization. He’s getting real talent there. Baker Mayfield is a great quarterback and he’s a young guy. When you have a young quarterback on a rookie deal, you do what you can to surround him with talent on other positions. Odell, Landry, those dudes are special, special talents. I just can’t wait to line up against them.”
Haden may want to be careful what he wishes for when it comes to a pair of wide receivers that NFL Network’s Gil Brandt believes is the best in the league.
While he did not find the end zone in two games against the Steelers last year, Jarvis Landry did total 15 receptions for 145 in the two meetings, while Haden exited the first game with an injury and posted just three tackles and a pair of pass breakups in the second game.
Beckham’s only appearance against Haden came in 2016, when Haden was still with the Browns. That day, Beckham had six receptions for 92 yards and a pair of touchdowns, the first a 32-yarder where New York quarterback Eli Manning “hit Beckham over the middle, and the fleet-footed wide receiver did the rest, pulling away from cornerback Joe Haden,” according to ESPN’s game story from that day.
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