Kevin Stefanski: Cleveland Browns injured stars ‘all on track’ to return in 2021
In a press conference on Tuesday, Kevin Stefanski was asked about how some star Cleveland Browns players were recovering from their season-ending injuries.
In a press conference on Tuesday, Kevin Stefanski received numerous questions about the upcoming offseason and what aspects of the offseason the Cleveland Browns plan to make mandatory and in-person.
During the press conference, Jake Trotter from ESPN asked Stefanski for an update on Odell Beckham Jr.’s injury recovery.
Stefanski said that Beckham is “progressing very well” and “trending in the right direction”. He then expanded to talk about Greedy Williams’ and Grant Delpit’s injuries saying that “they’re all on track”.
Lastly, he proceeded to commend the work that Greedy Williams has put in to return from his injury saying that “he just battled his butt off in the rehab room for months and had a great attitude throughout”.
Beckham, Williams, and Delpit all endured major, season-ending injuries in 2020. OBJ tore his ACL in the Week 7 matchup with Cincinnati which took him out for the rest of the season. Grant Delpit tore his Achilles in training camp forcing him to miss his entire rookie season.
And Greedy Williams sustained a shoulder injury during training camp that held him out for the entire season as well.
All of these players were supposed to be major contributors in the 2020 season and their absence was easily seen on Sundays.
Without Beckham on the field, the Browns did not have any wide receivers who could beat defenders with their speed. Beckham’s recovery is going to be important for that group to get faster and more dynamic in 2021.
The Browns do not currently have anyone on the roster who can competently man the outside corner opposite Denzel Ward if Greedy Williams cannot make it onto the field in 2021. That position will likely be taken over by an early draft pick if that is the case.
Delpit’s injury may have left the biggest hole of all injuries in 2020. Andrew Sendejo was then asked to step up into a role way above his pay grade. The defense was consistently burned from deep last season.
With all of these players set to return in 2021, alongside the new additions from free agency and the draft, the Browns will not have any holes in their entire roster.
The returns of Beckham, Williams, and Delpit will be integral to the Browns’ success in 2021 and it is fantastic news to hear that they are on track to do so.