BEREA, Ohio — The question was a joking throwaway, but the answer might have been a window into the budding frustration of Browns star receivers Odell Beckham Jr. and Jarvis Landry.

Asked if he had any good third-and-19 plays, Landry said Thursday: “Yeah. Maybe. Throw it to 13, 80. One of those guys.”

Beckham is coming off the worst two-game stretch of his six-year career, and the Browns’ passing offense ranks 20th in the league. As the Browns (2-3) went 1-1 against the Baltimore Ravens and San Francisco 49ers, Beckham caught a total of four passes for 47 yards.

Landry’s 403 receiving yards are higher than last season’s 381 through five games. But his excitement of playing with his best friend and former LSU teammate has been tempered by Beckham’s struggle to contribute.

Landry believes he knows what the Browns must do — attack on offense, throw the ball to their playmakers and put opponents on their heels.

“We’ve just got to find ways to be more intentional, I just believe in that. We’ve got to find ways to get guys that we believe (are) our game-changers the ball and the defense has got to try to stop it,” Landry said. “I don’t think it should ever be about us. I think the defense should have their hands full and should have to stop us.”

Beckham has sometimes drawn double coverage and been bracketed in the end zone. But even though everyone in the league knows the Browns are trying to get the ball to three-time Pro Bowler Beckham and Landry, Beckham said there are still plenty of ways to make it happen.

“Absolutely. Yeah,” Beckham said.

“This is the NFL. Everybody here is good. It’s not like you can just beat two men and just expect it every single time. It’s just about finding ways to put us in different positions so they can’t use that same kind of scheme. Once we figure it all out, I feel like these conversations will be going different, but until then, this is where we’re at right now.”

Beckham knows some critics are blaming quarterback Baker Mayfield for the offense’s problems.

“I’m more than happy to take something off his plate and put it on me,” Beckham said. “I can handle all this stuff, so just put it on me and see what happens.”

Going into Sunday’s home game against the Seattle Seahawks, Beckham has 23 receptions for 335 yards and one touchdown. A year ago, Beckham’s Giants were 1-4, but he had 39 catches for 462 yards and a score through five games.

“I’m not calling plays or designing anything. 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,” Landry said of Beckham. “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.

“So we’ve definitely got to find a way to include him even more in the offense and be intentional with it. It doesn’t matter if the defense knows it. Getting playmakers the ball, period.”

Beckham hates when he contributes little and the Browns lose, like during a 31-3 setback at San Francisco on Monday night. He caught two passes for 27 yards, completed a pass for 20 yards, rushed twice for 15 yards and fumbled a punt return.

“I hate losing period, so anytime we lose and I don’t feel like I did anything to help win the game, I’m going to be frustrated,” Beckham said. “It’s just the bottom line. I’m a winner in my heart and I hate losing.

“I just want to help … so if it has to be handoffs, it’s like 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.”

Offensive coordinator Todd Monken said all are to blame for the offense’s struggles. But in terms of Beckham, Monken said, “Teams do play players like Odell differently. You have to take advantage when they’re not, which we haven’t as often as you’d like.”

Landry said he feels like he can give coach Freddie Kitchens and Monken suggestions from what he’s seen in film study during the week or what’s happening during the game. But he realizes there are many variables in the success of the receivers.

Asked if the Browns are missing opportunities to get the ball to Beckham, Landry said: “Yeah, I’m sure. I’m sure. But at the end of the day, as a receiver a lot of our success doesn’t come solely from us. A lot comes from being able to protect the quarterback, being able to get the snap, being able to drop back and read it.

“There’s a lot of things that goes on for us to be able to be successful and be able to make plays. You just can’t pinpoint one thing, whether it’s the calls or the progression. There’s a lot of other variables, and we need to find a way to get better at it.”

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