Which 4 Cleveland Browns have the most to prove in opener?
2. Odell Beckham, Jr.
Remember back when people thought Odell Beckham was a problem child because he didn’t go to voluntary workouts. And remember when the Oakland Raiders got a steal by landing Antonio Brown.
Well suddenly, it’s become clear OBJ is no diva, but just because AB proved to be a basket case doesn’t mean Beckham won’t still face a ton of scrutiny. He’s already said he believes he’s the most scrutinized player in the league and that won’t stop until he goes out there and puts up some huge numbers and the team starts winning.
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That will put a lot of pressure on him, and unfortunately, he’s starting out a little behind due to a nagging hip injury. The star wideout says he will play on Sunday, but there’s a chance he won’t be 100 percent.
"“It’s getting better,” Beckham said via Jake Trotter of ESPN. “It’s as good as it’s going to be until the season starts. It’s something that hopefully that keeps progressing and gets better and not worse.” “But it’s just something you have to deal with. We have a game Sunday, so it’s time to go. … I’ll be running as fast as I can run. If that’s not a hundred [percent], I feel confident in myself that wherever I’m at, I’ll be ready to play with wherever I’m at.”"
Don’t expect anyone to cut him any slack though. If OBJ doesn’t have a big game, the narrative will go right back to his missed OTAs — because everyone wants to prove their takes were right.
Again, this won’t define his Cleveland career, but No. 13 will be under some pressure to perform when the Browns take the field against Tennessee.