Thu Oct 10 5:52pm ET
By TOM WITHERS
AP Sports Writer
Cleveland Browns wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. (13) runs against the San Francisco 49ers during the first half of an NFL football game in Santa Clara, Calif., Monday, Oct. 7, 2019. (AP Photo/Tony Avelar)
Cleveland Browns wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. (13) passes the ball against the San Francisco 49ers during the first half of an NFL football game in Santa Clara, Calif., Monday, Oct. 7, 2019. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)
BEREA, Ohio (AP) The frustration is mounting, so are the losses for the up-and-down Browns.
Jarvis Landry doesn't claim to have all the answers, and as he pointed out several times Thursday he's not calling plays. But one of Cleveland's star receivers said it's time to get the ball to the team's best playmaker.
Force feed Odell Beckham Jr.
''I don't call plays, right?'' Landry said as the Browns prepared to host Seattle. ''We have to just deliberately get him the ball. Get all of our playmakers the ball. Guys that are going to make plays for us, just get them the ball.''
Beckham's start with the Browns (2-3) has not gone as planned. Cleveland's offense has sputtered, partly because first-year coach Freddie Kitchens and new coordinator Todd Monken haven't figured out how to best utilize the speedy three-time Pro Bowler and one of the NFL's most electrifying players.
In the past two weeks, Beckham has caught just four passes for 47 yards, totals that should be reflective of his production in two quarters, not eight. The Browns' inability to integrate Beckham has been alarming, forcing Kitchens to get creative in order to get him touches.
On Monday night in San Francisco, Beckham completed a pass on the first play, lined up in the backfield to take a pitch and even returned a punt, a decision that backfired on Kitchens when OBJ fumbled and the 49ers recovered.
The turnover was symbolic of Beckham's first five games with Cleveland - careless and confusing.
Beckham hasn't openly grumbled about his lack of production, and by all accounts he's been the consummate teammate. Kitchens went out of his way to praise Beckham's downfield blocking in a Sept. 29 win at Baltimore, the Browns' best performance to date.
But there's a disconnection and no one seems to know how to best fix it. Quarterback Baker Mayfield doesn't have chemistry with Beckham to this point, and the Browns need those two to interact quickly before a promising season plummets.
''You know right now the season can go either way,'' Beckham said after practice. ''We're at that fork in the road, and it's funny we're all having these conversations whereas this team might have been 1-4, 0-5 and now we're all upset because we're 2-3. So that's a good mindset that we have that we're 2-3 and we know that we're capable of doing more. It's just about doing more.''
Landry believes it starts with getting the ball to Beckham, who has just one touchdown.
''I'm not calling plays or designing anything,'' Landry said. ''But at the end of the day, obviously he's a key part of our offense whether the ball's in his hands or not. We've got to find ways for other guys to continue to make plays. But the way that it's been going, we haven't really been making enough plays without him touching the ball.''
Landry, who has benefited from Beckham being double-teamed, said he shares his thoughts on the offense with Kitchens.
''I try to be as transparent about the things that I see on the field as often as possible,'' he said. ''Whether it's film study throughout the week that I've seen or something during the game that I see and just try to talk to them about it. At the end of the day I can only give my suggestion, I'm not the one calling the plays. I can only give my suggestion.''
Beckham was diplomatic when asked about his limited production - 23 catches for 335 yards. He wants to do more, offering to take an expanded role if that would help take some pressure off the struggling Mayfield, who leads the league with eight interceptions.
''It's just whatever to win. I just want to help,'' said Beckham. ''I feel like I was brought here to help this team and that's all I want to do. So, if it has to be handoffs, like it's whatever. Just finding ways to have successful plays, not just giving me the ball to appease me or anything like that. It's about more about having success within the game and within the team.''
NOTES: Landry made his 500th reception on the opening pass from Beckham, his close friend and former LSU teammate. Landry was unaware of the milestone until after the 31-3 loss. ''I actually honestly didn't know until a couple days ago that there were 500 catches and that it was from O,'' he said. ''What a way to do it.'' Did they ever do that in college? ''In practice,'' Landry said. ''We tried. It didn't work.'' ... CBs Denzel Ward and Greedy Williams did more during practice but their availability for Sunday remains cloudy. Both starters have missed the past three games with hamstring pulls.
Dallas Cowboys WR Randall Cobb (back, hip) has been declared inactive for the team's Week 6 game.
Cleveland Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield appeared to injure his lower back in the third quarter against the Seahawks. Mayfield was taken to the locker room for evaluation, but he promptly returned without missing a single snap and is currently back in the game. It appears Mayfield will tough this one out, but his Week 7 status needs to be monitored.
New York Jets WR Demaryius Thomas (hamstring, knee) is officially active for the team's Week 6 game.
Fantasy Spin: Thomas likely will receive a handful of targets against the Dallas Cowboys, but fantasy players may be able to find better options for their lineups this week.
Seattle Seahawks tight end Will Dissly went down in Week 6 against the Browns with an injury to his achilles. The injury was non-contact, and Dissly was quickly ruled out for the remainder of the game. At the time of the injury, Dissly was just targeted just once and failed to haul it in. Luke Willson is in at tight end for the rest of the afternoon, and currently has one catch for five yards. Dissly's Week 7 status is in doubt and needs to be monitored.
Arizona Cardinals WR Christian Kirk (ankle) has been declared inactive for the team's Week 6 game.
Arizona Cardinals RB David Johnson (back) is officially active for the team's Week 6 game.
Fantasy Spin: Johnson likely will receive a lot of touches during the game despite the injury and should be a starting option in all fantasy leagues.
San Francisco 49ers TE George Kittle (groin) is officially active for the team's Week 6 game.
Fantasy Spin: Kittle is one of the best right ends in the NFL and is a must-start option in all fantasy leagues.
The Panthers Defense brutalized the Tampa offense during the Week 6 matchup in London. With seven sacks on the day, including receiving 2.5 from Gerald McCoy against his former team, Carolina was relentless by also forcing quarterback Jameis Winston to throw five interceptions. With a week off, the team will have a stiff challenge against a sound 49ers offense in Week 8.
Carolina Panthers tight end Greg Olsen was targeted seven times against the Buccaneers on Sunday and finished with four catches for 52 yards. After failing to record a catch against the Jaguars in Week 5 while recording just two in Week 4, the veteran's performance in London was a slight improvement. Nonetheless, Olsen has been a disappointment from a fantasy perspective and should only be expected to produce efficient performances on sporadic occasions throughout the remainder of the season regardless of who is under center for the Panthers.
Seattle Seahawks tight end Dissly missed last season with an injury to his right knee, so this is a brand new injury to his left Achilles. We don't know the severity yet, but it was bad enough to immediately rule him out for the rest of the game. It took him a couple of minutes to get off the turf and it sure seems like this is a serious injury. Stay tuned. At tight end, Luke Willson will take over and he's an athletic TE who may become a threat.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Peyton Barber was unable to get anything going against the Panthers in Week 6, gaining just 28 yards on 10 carries on the day. Barber did get more carries than backfield mate Ronald Jones II, but could not find any holes and was otherwise a non-factor in what turned out to be a pass-heavy game. Barber has established himself through the first 6 weeks of the season as borderline unstartable in any fantasy format and should be treated as such. The Bucs have a bye in Week 7 before another tough matchup against the Titans in Tennessee in Week 8.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Ronald Jones II was unable to get going Sunday, gaining only 10 yards on four carries, but did score a touchdown to save his day. Jones again fell victim to the Bucs unpredictable backfield rotation after starting to seemingly separate himself from the pack, seeing fewer snaps and touches than fellow backfield mate Peyton Barber in Week 6. It will be hard for fantasy owners to trust any of the Bucs running backs until something changes in that backfield. Until then they can both be considered very low-end bye week fill-in options. The Bucs are off in Week 7 before a tough matchup against the Titans in Week 8.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston disappointed fantasy owners in a big way Sunday, completing 30-of-54 passes for 400 yards and a touchdown to go along with an absurd five interceptions. Winston wasn't given an inch on the day, getting sacked seven times and losing a fumble in the process. Anything Winston did through the first four weeks to gain fantasy owner's confidence has been thrown out the window over the last two weeks. This shouldn't come as the biggest surprise though, as inconsistency has been the theme of Winston's career. The Bucs have a bye in Week 7 before a tough matchup against the Titans in Tennessee, Winston will slot in as a mid-range QB2 for that matchup.
Carolina Panthers wide receiver Curtis Samuel recorded four catches for 70 yards, while also recording a pair of touchdowns against Tampa Bay on Sunday. Samuel got it done in all areas in London, rushing for a score midway through the third quarter before catching a touchdown off of a 13-yard pass from quarterback Kyle Allen in the fourth. With Cam Newton (foot) potentially returning after the Week 7 bye, the 23-year-old will continue to split the bulk of the targets with fellow wideout D.J. Moore and running back Christian McCaffrey regardless of who is under center.
Carolina Panthers wide receiver D.J. Moore recorded 73 yards off of seven catches during the win over the Buccaneers in London. With 10 targets on the day, Moore kept it going after recording six receptions for 91 yards against the Jaguars in Week 5. The quarterback situation remains a mystery as the team heads toward the bye, but the 22-year-old should remain involved regardless of who is under center while continuing to split the majority of the targets with Curtis Samuel, who finished with two touchdowns on the day.
Carolina Panthers running back Christian McCaffrey recorded just 57 total yards against Tampa Bay on Sunday, but still managed to find the end zone twice in Week 6. While McCaffrey was stuffed by the Buccaneers Defense by rushing for an abysmal 31 yards on 22 attempts, he offset his shoddy numbers with a touchdown run late in the first quarter, while acquiring his second off of a 25-yard pass from Kyle Allen. With the team heading into a bye, the potential MVP will look to keep it going in Week 8 against the 49ers.
Carolina Panthers quarterback Kyle Allen recorded his fourth straight win on Sunday against Tampa Bay in London. While Jameis Winston recorded five interceptions on the day, Allen was able to get it done by finishing with 227 yards and two touchdowns on 20-for-32 passing. With the Panthers heading into a bye, things will get interesting for the Panthers if Cam Newton (foot) can return for the Week 8 matchup with San Francisco. Fantasy managers will want to monitor the situation, but Allen should remain on rosters until Newton is officially back in the mix as a starter.
New Orleans Saints running back Alvin Kamara (ankle) is active against the Jacksonville Jaguars. Kamara gets a juicy matchup in Week 6, though he might be limited. Even if he has a smaller role, he should still put up RB1 numbers against Jacksonville.
Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Marquise Brown (ankle) is inactive against the Cincinnati Bengals in Week 6 while tight end Mark Andrews (shoulder) will play. Andrews is a TE1 with upside, as quarterback Lamar Jackson will lean on him in the passing game. Ravens slot receiver Willie Snead could be a sneaky sleeper without Brown in the fold.
Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Sammy Watkins (hamstring) is officially inactive for Week 6. His absence should give the rest of the Kansas City offense more opportunities. In a likely shootout against the Houston Texans, Mecole Hardman and Demarcus Robinson are flex plays while Tyreek Hill is back and ready to resume his WR1 role.