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Odell Beckham Jr. walks back boast that Browns can be 'new Patriots'

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There's nothing wrong with confidence, but Odell Beckham Jr. admits he got a little carried away.

Cleveland's prized offseason acquisition declared in a recent interview with GQ he plans to turn the Browns into the "new Patriots" and bring multiple championships to his new city.

On his Instagram story Thursday, Beckham softened that stance a bit.

"Just to clarify, I will always aspire to be great," Beckham wrote. "I haven't reached that point in the NFL but that's what we all chase and I'm going to continue to work to help the Browns become great.

"Never meant the Browns are the new Patriots or going to be the new Patriots. I just have great respect for what they've done but definitely recognize the work that has to be done to get there."

The Pro Bowl wide receiver added some tire-pumping of the defending Super Bowl champions for good measure.

"There is nothing wrong with having aspirations, and who wouldn't aspire to be part of an organization that is 12-4, 11-5 and in the playoffs and playing for Super Bowls on the regular," Beckham added. 

"It's really stating the obvious when you say you want your organization to be successful like the Patriots. I know my teammates want to be a part of building something like that, (head coach) Freddie Kitchens and (general manager) John Dorsey are doing everything they can to get us there. Understand it doesn't happen without work and we're all committed to that."

 

Beckham probably didn't need to go to such lengths to clarify his comments; of course he wants the Browns to be successful considering they haven't made the playoffs in 16 years and are two seasons removed from going 0-16.

But there are perils in setting expectations too high, so this looks like Beckham's way of tempering them a bit.

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