One of the biggest questions facing the Cleveland Browns for the 2021 season is what the offense will get from wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr.
Will it be the Beckham that had 4,122 receiving yards and 35 touchdowns in his first three seasons? Or the one that has posted just 2,708 receiving yards and 16 touchdowns over the past four years?
If fellow wide receiver Jarvis Landry is to be believed, it will definitely be the former when the Browns hit the field this fall.
Speaking prior to his charity softball game on Saturday, Landry said that everyone should expect Beckham to be better than ever as he comes back from a torn ACL that ended his 2020 season after seven games.
Landry was with Beckham and some other offensive players this past week working out with quarterback Baker Mayfield and in Austin, Texas, and liked what he saw from OBJ (quotes via Nate Ulrich of The Beacon Journal):
“He’s in fantastic shape, and he’s ready to go. He’s already doing some things that will blow your mind. He ran a post route, sticking off the same injured leg and exploding out of it, then going up, jumping off that same leg and making a catch, doing his thing — what he does with one hand.
“You sit back and you’re like, ‘Wait. He’s even better than he was last year.’ So it’s going to be amazing to see as time [goes on] and the further he gets away from surgery how much better he’s going to get.”
Landry is certainly not the most unbiased person when it comes to Beckham, but there is no reason to doubt what he had to say about Beckham’s recovery.
And even if it turns out that his recent run of injuries means that Beckham will never be the same player he was early in his career, his return is something that the coaching staff will surely embrace.