Cleveland Browns fans have been anticipating fireworks ever since Baker Mayfield and Odell Beckham Jr. joined together as one of the leagues most flashy QB-WR duos.
An impressive play design with impressive athleticism often results in impressive outcomes. Check out the first highlight-reel play design of 2020 by viewing the animated play below:
Confusing the Defense
From the beginning of the play, the Browns were setting up the Cincinnati defense with a confusing look. First of all, the play began as a fake run play to the right.
As the defense was all flowing to the right, the quarterback, Baker Mayfield, rolled out to the left.
The backside post, distracted the deep safety who came down to cover the receiver dragging across the middle of the field.
This left Odell Beckham Jr. in a one-on-one situation deep down the left sideline.
OBJ's Out & Up Route
Speaking of confusing the defense, Odell's route running also did a number on the Cincinnati cornerback.
The purpose of the route's stem was to set up an out route to the boundary of the field. After making a few quick jab steps toward the out route, the cornerback bit hard and came downfield in order to cover the out route. Before he even knew it, he found himself out of position is one of the most dynamic receivers in the league was sprinting deep down the sideline past him.
Usually a double move route like that will take significant time, but because the play design called for the Quarterback to fake a handoff and roll outside of the pocket, it created just enough time for Odell to get open downfield.
Ultimately Odell's great route running allowed him to create a good 4-5 yards of separation between him and the defender in order to provide the quarterback with enough room to drop the ball down into the hands of the open receiver.
As the game's TV announcer, Troy Aikman, said, it just became "a matter of whether or not Baker can load up and get it out there far enough before the catch up. That is a great route."
Degree of Difficulty
One thing to notice about this play is the degree of difficulty required by the quarterback.
Baker Mayfield is a right handed QB, but this play design called for him to rollout to his left, making it much harder for him, as a right handed thrower, to get his hips around enough to get sufficient power on the throw.
This added challenge was no match for Mayfield, however, as he launched the ball over 50 yards in the air, while on the run from midfield, to hit OBJ as he was falling down on the goal line.
This was an exciting play in a game that could setup the beginning of a more and more exciting rivalry between the two Ohio teams.
Mayfield finished the game with 219 passing yards, and 2 TD's, while Beckham Jr. had a total of four catches for 74 yards and this score.
A perfect route, a perfect pass, and a perfect play call resulted in the receiver catching the ball while tumbling into the end zone.