4 Cleveland Browns set to have a breakout year in 2021
1. Odell Beckham, Wide Receiver
While some will say this is “wishful thinking”, I truly do believe two things. One – Odell Beckham gets a bad rap; the guy has been nothing but a hard worker and great teammate in Cleveland. Two, he is finally set to have another year like 2015 or 2016.
In 2019 Beckham had a core injury and never looked fully healthy. Mayfield has also struggled to get in sync with him and at times has forced him the ball. I mean think about it, a guy that talented, I would throw the ball to him as well.
And while the ACL injury in 2020 was unfortunate, it may have been exactly what the team needed. Mayfield now knows the team can win without forcing the ball to Beckham, and vice versa. And while Beckham may not get 169 targets as he did in 2016, look for 2021 to be an efficient year.
Beckham is more motivated than ever and is tired of the negative narrative started by so many. After seeing the success in 2020, there will be much more trust in the process and in Stefanski which will help the relationship between him and Mayfield flourish.
Look for Beckham to have 1,100 yards, 7 touchdowns, and most importantly, and catch percentage just under 70 percent. After seeing 55.6 and 53.5 percent in the last two seasons, this will be a major improvement.
Don’t throw in the towel on Beckham yet, his best is yet to come in brown and orange.