- Greg Newsome III and Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah of the Cleveland Browns appeared on the Varsity House Podcast this week.
- During the show, the two defensive players talked about the “distracting” negativity between Odell Beckham Jr. and Baker Mayfield.
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After going 11-5 and making to the AFC Divisional Playoffs in 2020 – the team’s first winning season since 2007 and first playoff appearance since 2002 – the Cleveland Browns regressed back to under .500 once again in 2021.
The season was filled with more drama than victories and led to the departure of wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. and the Browns looking to trade their one-time franchise quarterback Baker Mayfield.
Players from the 2021 Cleveland Browns have been rather vocal during this offseason talking about what happened in 2020 and the future of the team’s former starting quarterback.
Two of those Browns players, cornerback Greg Newsome III and linebacker Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah, recently spoke to the Varsity House Podcast about last season (their first in the NFL), next season, and the bad blood between Odell Beckham Jr. and Baker Mayfield that they say was a distraction in the team’s locker room.
“Odell got to be one of the best teammates that I had,” said JOK.
“No, he’s probably the best teammate,” Newsome interjected.
The two then explained how OBJ would help them out, no hazing, teach them things after practice, and other situations where he would go above and beyond.
Two of the Browns’ rookies in 2021 shared what their first year was like with the OBJ and Baker Mayfield drama
“The crazy thing is, Baker was a great teammate too,” Newsome added. “For me? Honestly, like he’ll do stuff, like, I would honestly hang out with him. Because it would be like Austin Hooper, some of the offensive guys… I was hanging out with the offensive guys a little bit, okay, but he’ll take us after games, I’ll go to dinner, my family’s not in town here, invite me to dinner and I’ll hang out with him.
“It was just so much, that relationship, those relationships, just from the whole entire thing was just off, honestly. It was just… and yes, it was distracting, but at the end of the day I still got to do my job. At the end of the day, we played defense so we don’t have to worry about the guy throwing us the ball. We ain’t got to worry about the guy that’s catching the ball. Like, we got to stop them.
Newsome continued, “So it was distracting for sure like there was definitely locker room talks.”
“Yeah, there was locker room talks, but it wasn’t like talking to the point where it’s like let’s not play, it was more like locker room talks from a humorous side,” Owusu-Koramoah added.
JOK and Newsome also spoke about some of the little things Beckham would do, even after he had been traded to the Rams, as well as their first impressions of new quarterback DeShaun Watson.
All in all it was a pretty fascinating conversation.