As he rehabilitates from offseason surgical procedure, Cleveland Browns star huge receiver Odell Beckham Jr. is predicting huge issues in 2020.
“Proper now what I am attempting to do is hit the reset button,” Beckham stated in a video posted to his YouTube channel Monday. “Having the ability to simply get the whole lot mounted. Shoulder, arms, again, the whole lot aligned, practical, shifting correctly, so, I can start coaching to be prepared for the season.
“I might truthfully say that is most likely going to be certainly one of my finest seasons. Greater, stronger, quicker — this my time.”
Beckham underwent surgical procedure Jan. 21 to handle a hip and groin damage that plagued him all through certainly one of his worst seasons final yr. In his video, he went into extra element about an damage that started in the summertime and solely worsened.
“So final yr I used to be coaching in June and July and I used to be type of simply feeling stuff across the groin space, abs and stuff like that,” he recalled. “My third week of coaching camp, I tear just a little piece of my ab. So earlier than the season, I type of had the hernia factor happening. Sports activities hernia is what they name it. Find yourself on the finish of the season, torn abductor, torn rectus abdominis on the fitting.
“So just about, I used to be simply f—– up the entire yr, I actually did not attempt to say something about it. Most likely one of many worst surgical procedures I’ve ever had. Restoration’s going properly. Guess I am actually simply attempting to place my physique again collectively. I have been taking part in for 23 years, so for me, I am attempting to place all of it again collectively in seven months.”
Whereas taking part in by these accidents, Beckham posted the worst statistical season of his profession, save his damage shortened one with the New York Giants in 2017. Beckham did go over 1,000 yards receiving, however he additionally struggled to develop a chemistry with quarterback Baker Mayfield and ended with solely 4 landing grabs, because the Browns went 6-10 to increase the NFL’s longest playoff drought to 18 years.
For the reason that season ended, Beckham has been a relentless topic of commerce rumors, particularly with the Browns overhauling their entrance workplace and training workers. However each new Browns basic supervisor Andrew Berry and coach Kevin Stefanski have downplayed that risk and proceed to take care of Beckham is in Cleveland’s plans for 2020 and past. Browns chief technique officer Paul DePodesta, one of many few holdovers from the earlier regime in Cleveland, even referred to as the Beckham rumors “irritating” main as much as final month’s draft.
“I believe it is fairly clear we’re attempting to construct at this level,” he stated. “We’re actually constructing round a core of gamers that we predict have an opportunity to be a championship-caliber core, and the concept we’d take away from that core at this second simply does not make a complete lot of sense and actually [is] not one thing we’re exploring in any respect.”