Odell Beckham Jr. promises to be back on his worst behavior this season with Cleveland Browns.
Cleveland Browns wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. is one of the best players at his position in the entire league. He was acquired from the New York Giants before last season in a blockbuster trade involving Jabrill Peppers, Kevin Zeitler, Olivier Vernon and draft picks.
Unfortunately, OBJ’s first season with the Browns in 2019 was far from a success, both individually and as a team. He was banged up for most of the year with a core injury and continually had chemistry issues with quarterback Baker Mayfield. Perhaps most uncharacteristic of all, Beckham Jr. had problems with drops last season. He is widely regarded as the most talented pass-catcher in the game, yet dropped several routine balls last season.
He still managed to top 1,000 yards last season despite his struggles. The team only managed to tally six wins and largely underachieved their preseason expectations. The offense severely lacked consistent production, and OBJ was not dominant as he usually is. He is still an incredibly talented player and is capable of leading the league in receiving yards. Beckham is also promising to be back to the production fans are accustomed to seeing.
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Beckham posted an Instagram photo Satuday in the new Browns jersey with the caption “It’s not a threat, it’s a promise…. I’m comin’ back on my worst behavior….” Beckham has heard all of the critics and is poised to make a splash this upcoming season. He seems incredibly hungry and ready to work.
There are many reasons to believe he will get back to his normal self. First of all, he will be healthy. OBJ relies on speed and agility to get open and produce in the NFL. Being 100 percent this year will greatly help his explosion. He underwent surgery to repair his core injury this off season. There are reports saying he is near 100 percent health, if not already there. This is great news for the Cleveland Browns.
Secondly, he is now in a proven system in the NFL with new head coach Kevin Stefanski. There will be no more confusion in the huddle and lack of discipline as there was with the previous regime. He will get countless open looks as the offense will establish the run game behind Nick Chubb and Kareem Hunt. The play-action pass game will be huge for OBJ.
The Browns also boast a new and largely improved offensive line by adding one of the better right tackles in the league, Jack Conklin, and spending the 10th overall draft pick in the 2020 NFL Draft on Jedrick Wills. OBJ will be back with another year of chemistry with Mayfield and fellow wide receiver Jarvis Landry. With more time in the pocket, Mayfield will be much more accurate and deliver strikes to his receivers. OBJ will be a huge beneficiary with the extra time from the new line.
As it appears thus far this offseason, Beckham and the others are more focused than ever and are going to have an efficient offensive season. The Browns will need their production to put up points and hopefully reach the playoffs for the first time since 2002.
Hopefully OBJ lives up to his promise. A focused Beckham is a problem for opposing defenses.