(AP) — Odell Beckham Jr. felt right at home again — in the end zone and on the highlight reels.
With an 89-yard touchdown catch and a spectacular one-handed grab in his return to MetLife Stadium, the Browns wide receiver helped lift Cleveland past the short-handed and banged-up New York Jets 23-3 on Monday night.
“We got the ball in (No.) 13′s hands,” Browns wide receiver Jarvis Landry said, “and let him go.”
Beckham, traded from the Giants in March, helped the Browns (1-1) bounce back from a 30-point loss to Tennessee in their opener to top the Jets (0-2) and give Freddie Kitchens his first win as Cleveland’s coach.
It all came after Beckham called out Jets defensive coordinator Gregg Williams last Thursday, saying the coach — then with the Browns — instructed players to hurt him in a preseason game in 2017. Williams denied Beckham’s accusations and jokingly asked reporters: “Odell who?”
Williams, who led the Browns to a 5-3 record as their interim coach last season, also chided reporters for giving Beckham attention and wouldn’t call him one of the NFL’s most dynamic players.
“Everything fuels me,” Beckham said. “Good comments, bad comments, I feel all of that. I just want to be the very best that I can and be the leader I am supposed to be.”
Well, Williams clearly knows who Beckham is now. The coach was seen shouting angrily on the sideline after Beckham’s touchdown.
“Who?” Beckham said when asked about Williams’ comments. “No, everybody has the right to their own opinion. He’s a phenomenal coach, he’s got a great defense, but I’m done talking about it, you know? We won, so I just tried to make plays to help the team.”