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Browns’ Odell Beckham Jr. Defends Baker Mayfield

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Cleveland Browns wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. is coming to the defense of his quarterback Baker Mayfield who has been subjected to a ton of criticism over his poor play this season.

The 2-5 Browns have been a major disappointment this season, but Mayfield has been mostly to blame with his issues with turnovers. Mayfield is tied with Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston for the NFL lead in interceptions this season with 12.

Beckham, the Browns big splash acquisition this offseason, has been disappointing as well, hauling in only one touchdown this season, his first with the Browns.

“You can’t sit here and say it’s all on him. You have to take a look at everything going on around him,” Beckham said, according to ESPN’s Jake Trotter. “Obviously, he has to play better. I have to player better. … We all need to do better. Can’t sit back and be like, ‘It’s Baker’s fault.’ I feel like that’s the easiest thing for us to do. I’ve been in situations where one person is getting the blame, and the rest of the people are quiet to kind of stay out of the fire.

“I’m going to jump in the fire with him. I’ll be the first one. Some of these losses are on me. I need to be in the right place at the right time. I’m going to do better. And that’s what I plan to do for the rest of the season.”

“Nobody likes to feel like you’re being poked at or prodded at, especially not a guy like that,” Beckham said. “I’ve been through that journey already, I’ve been through this fire. That’s a part of me that’s able to help him in a way. This is a kid who cares about football, cares about winning. Whatever people make him out to be just because of his personality — if we were winning and he was still doing it, we’d all be here laughing. Because we’re losing, we want to kind of poke at him a little.

“I’m going to be the first one here to defend him every single time. I’ve always got his back. I know what it’s like. I’ve been there. … I understand how we’re looking for the negative. But he wants to win. He’s upset he’s not winning, or he hasn’t done to the best of his ability, that’s upsetting. Just upsetting. We want to be great.”

For his part, Mayfield is staying positive and confident that the team can turn around their disappointing season, a sentiment that Beckham shares.

“The more games we have together, the better we’ll be, but it’s time for us to turn it on,” Beckham said. “You have a highly regarded quarterback [who] I think is a phenomenal player, and I just want to be able to help him in every which way I can.

“I have no doubt in my mind that at some point in time it’s going to be everything that we all talked about.”

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Every team goes through a bit of a funk. Players on the top esports teams can go through a slump, so can some of the best Twitch channels when they are looking to produce the best content. Cosplayers do too, especially with the number of Cons that they aim to attend. Female Streamers and some of the best Mixer channels suffer the same, at times, but all remain confident that by relying on their hard work, positive vibes, their streaming equipment, and staying on top of the latest esports news, they can power up a turnaround fast.

Anthony DiMoro is the creator of Sports Rants and the CEO of Elite Rank Media and DiMoro Enterprises LLC. He is a former Contributor for Forbes and the Huffington Post where he covered sports, social media, and SEO. Anthony hosts the Anthony DiMoro Show podcast, and formerly hosted the 'Forbes SportsMoney Podcast'.

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Patriots Addresses Filming, Say Video Crew Filmed Sideline During Browns-Bengals Game

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The New England Patriots are explaining themselves after a story hit the news wire, sparking a league investigation, saying that the team had filmed that their production crew inappropriately filmed the field and sideline during Sunday’s game between the Cleveland Browns and the Cincinnati Bengals.

According to ESPN, the Patriots’ crew was credentialed by the Browns to shoot video for a Patriots web series called “Do Your Job,” but the Patriots did not inform the Bengals or the NFL, which they called “an unintended oversight”, and led to the controversy that has dominated NFL headlines on Monday.

“The sole purpose of the filming was to provide an illustration of an advance scout at work on the road,” the Patriots said in an official statement. “There was no intention of using footage for any other purpose.”

The Patriots went on to say that the production crew, which included independent contractors who shot the video, is not part of the team’s football operation.

The NFL is currently investigating the incident and has a copy of the video, although they have not commented on the incident as of yet.

“They 100% know. All of our scouts, all of our video people and everything, they know what that is,” Patriots coach Bill Belichick told WEEI on Monday (h/t ESPN). “Again, I have nothing to do with the TV production shows and stuff like that. I have no idea what they do. Or what their projects are and everything else.

“As I understand it, they were videotaping him, trying to show kind of what an advance scout does, or something Iike that, I don’t know. You’ll have to wait to see the show I guess and see how it’s presented.”

The Patriots and videotaping isn’t something new, as they were punished by the NFL for videotaping the New York Jets’ defensive playcalls on the sideline during a 2007 game at Giants Stadium, a game in which they won, and an incident dubbed “Spygate”. The 2007 fiasco ended up costing the Patriots a 1st round draft pick in 2008, a $500,000 fine for Belichick and the team was orderd to pay $250,000 for the incident.

The Bengals, who flagged media relations and Bengals security staff after observing a videographer shooting the sidelines, play the Patriots this Sunday.

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Browns’ Baker Mayfield Rips Training Staff Over OBJ Injury

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Cleveland Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield is spouting off at the mouth again, and is taking aim at his own organization, specifically for the way that the training staff handled the injury of Browns’ superstar wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr..

“I’d say that it wasn’t handled right,” Mayfield said, according to ESPN’s Jake Trotter. “He’s not able to run as well as he … should be able to, as well as he knows. And that’s frustrating for him. You can sense some of his frustration, where that comes from. It wasn’t handled the right way, in our training room. It is what it is. His not 100% is still good enough for us.”

Beckham reportedly has a sports hernia injury and is weighing offseason surgery to correct the issue that has been hampering him since training camp.

“I don’t really know,” Beckham said. “You have to ask the doctors if you have a chance to interview them. I really don’t know what to tell you.”

“I think it could’ve been addressed earlier on,” Mayfield said. “Looking back on it, obviously, hindsight is 20/20, he probably would’ve missed the first two [games]. One or two. Just based on the fact that it was during training camp. It is what it is. We’re here right now. It’s too late to do that. He’s fighting through pain; he’s playing through pain. That shows you the type of guy he is.”

Mayfield took to Twitter to issue an apology for his comments.

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Steelers-Browns Brawl Is Black Eye for NFL

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An ugly brawl broke in the closing seconds of Thursday Night’s game between the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Cleveland Browns that is dominating national discussion, even outside the world of sports, on Friday.

Browns defensive end Myles Garrett was ejected after ripping the helmet off Steelers’ quarterback Mason Rudolph and striking him in the head with it.

Along with Garrett, Browns defensive tackle Larry Ogunjobi and Steelers’ center Maurkice Pouncey were also ejected.

Ogunjobi pushed Rudolph to the ground from behind following Garrett’s hit on Rudolph, and Pouncey jumped onto Garrett, punching and kicking him as Steelers’ guard David DeCastro was holding Garrett to the ground, as the fight continued.

“I thought it was pretty cowardly,” Rudolph said following the game.”Pretty bush league.”

Browns’ head coach Freddie Kitchens called Garrett’s actions “embarrassing” and said there was “no excuse” for what Garrett did at the end of the game.

“I’ve never seen that in my life,” Kitchens said. “It’s not good.”

What I did was foolish, and I shouldn’t allow myself to slip like that,” Garrett said. “That’s out of character, but a situation like that where it’s an emotional game, and I allowed myself to fall into those emotions with what happened.”

Garrett is likely to be hit with a significant suspension, and many are calling for the NFL to levy the biggest suspension the league has ever seen.

“Absolutely, 100 percent,” Pouncey said, saying he believes Garrett should be suspended for the rest of the season. “We’ll see how serious the NFL is about their players. … My man got hit in the head with a helmet.”

“At that point, it’s bigger than football,” Pouncey said. “It’s protection. … He could have killed him. What if he’d hit in him the temple?”

“Myles is a good dude,” Steelers’ cornerback Joe Haden said. “I mean, I’ve never seen him act like that or do anything like that on what happened. But that’s not OK.”

“Obviously, stuff like that is dangerous,” Browns’ quarterback Baker Mayfield said. “So it was tough to see that, knowing Mason.

“It was tough to watch.”

The longest ban for a single on-field incident in NFL history is the five games, when the league hit Tennessee Titan’s defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth with the suspension back in 2006 when he stomped on the head of Dallas Cowboys’ offensive lineman Andre Gurode, which resulted in Gurode needing stitches.

 

 

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