Odell Beckham Jr

Cleveland Browns
Wide Receiver #13
Cleveland Browns
Wide Receiver #13
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Odell Beckham Jr News

Feeling good on eve of camp

Beckham (knee) told Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield that he's feeling good as training camp approaches, Nate Ulrich of the Akron Beacon Journal reports. "About a month ago I would have said that [Beckham] looks very, very good, and I know after speaking with him that he feels even better," Mayfield said Wednesday. "So I'll let you guys see that for yourself."

Analysis: Beckham went through drills at June minicamp, seven months removed from surgery to repair a torn ACL. He seems to be ahead of the typical rehab timeline for the injury, but it'll still be no surprise if the Browns limit his workload throughout training camp and preseason. Beckham has dealt with a series of lower-body injuries since early 2017, making only 39 regular-season appearances over the past four years. He's put up good0but-not-great numbers when healthy in that stretch, averaging 5.1 catches for 69.4 yards and 0.41 TDs per game.

Jul 21, 2021 11:46 AM EST


On track for training camp?

Beckham (knee) could be ready for the start of training camp, according to Mary Kay Cabot of The Cleveland Plain Dealer.

Analysis: Cabot used the term "freak of nature" when discussing Beckham's quick recovery from Nov. 10 surgery on a torn ACL. The wideout even took part in June minicamp, so while the Browns could still opt for a cautious approach throughout training camp and the preseason, it sounds like Beckham is well on his way to suiting up for Week 1 at Kansas City.

Jul 5, 2021 7:14 AM EST



Participating in minicamp

Beckham (knee) is going through early receiver drills without an apparent brace in the first day of the Browns' minicamp Tuesday, Zac Jackson of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: It was reported earlier in the week that it was believed Beckham had recovered from his torn ACL sustained on Oct. 25 and his participation in the early portion of camp backs up that notion. He and Jarvis Landry should be among the better top duos of wideouts in the league heading into 2021if they can both stay healthy. There figures to be some injury risk with Beckham in particular, as he's played all 16 games just once in the last four seasons and just twice in his seven-year career thus far.

Jun 15, 2021 11:34 AM EST


Looks ready for minicamp

Browns teammate Jarvis Landry, said Saturday that he believes Beckham is fully recovered from the torn ACL he sustained Oct. 25, ESPN.com reports. "Man, he looked amazing," Landry said of Beckham, who took part in Landry's charity softball event over the weekend in Eastlake, Ohio. "I can't wait for you guys to see him. I can't wait for him to get back out there. He's in fantastic shape and he's ready to go. He's only what, 6A

Analysis: Beckham's participation in the softball event shouldn't necessarily be taken as evidence that he's back to 100 percent following surgery on his left knee, but Landry's comments about his fellow wideout more specifically referred to how Beckham looked in workouts hosted by Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield this past week in Austin, Texas. "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," Landry said. "You sit back and you're like, 'Wait. He's even better than he was last year." Beckham is expected to be in attendance for the start of the Browns' minicamp program this week, and if Landry's rave reviews are any indication, the 28-year-old will likely face few restrictions, if any, during practices.

Jun 13, 2021 2:29 PM EST


Doing well with recovery

Beckham is "right on track" in his recovery from October knee surgery, Nate Ulrich of the Akron Beacon Journal reports.

Analysis: The Browns haven't provided any sort of timetable when it comes to Beckham's status other than to say he's operating ahead of schedule. Perhaps more importantly, head coach Kevin Stefanski seemed to buck the notion the team could consider trading the star receiver suggesting the Browns are "in a good spot" to keep Beckham for the 2021 season. This follows numerous reports throughout the past few months detailing various ways in which the team could get out of five-year contract Beckham signed back in 2018 with the Giants. The 28-year-old's guaranteed $12.79 million salary for next season all but assures the only recourse the Browns may have, should they even want to shed the salary, would be to trade Beckham, but an equal form of compensation might be a tough ask given his injury history over the past four years.

Mar 6, 2021 11:19 AM EST



On track with ACL recovery

Browns GM Andrew Berry said Beckham's recovery from knee surgery is going very well, Andrew Gribble of the Browns' official site reports.

Analysis: Beckham tore the ACL in his left knee Oct. 25 and underwent surgery Nov. 10. He'll presumably be held out of practices throughout the offseason program, likely hoping to return at some point during training camp. Ian Rapoport of NFL Network suggested in November that Beckham could be traded, but recent comments from both Berry and the 28-year-old wideout suggest OBJ is part of the Browns' plan for 2021, according to Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer.

Jan 26, 2021 8:58 AM EST


ACL surgery completed

Beckham (knee) confirmed Tuesday in a post on his personal Instagram account that he underwent surgery to repair his torn ACL.

Analysis: Beckham likely won't be able to ramp up his rehab process in earnest until early 2021, but barring any setbacks in his recovery from surgery, he'll likely be ready to go for the start of next season. The 28-year-old will head into 2021 with three seasons remaining on the five-year, $90 million contract extension he inked in August 2018, when he was still a member of the Giants.

Nov 10, 2020 1:36 PM EST


Headed for surgery next week

Beckham (knee) is scheduled to undergo surgery next week to repair his torn ACL, Tom Withers of the Associated Press reports.

Analysis: Assuming no unexpected complications with his surgery, Beckham should be at or close to full health by the time training camp begins in 2021. Beckham's absence for the remainder of the season should free up more targets for fellow wideouts Jarvis Landry and Rashard Higgins over the second half of the Browns' schedule.

Nov 4, 2020 4:08 PM EST


Shifts to IR

The Browns placed Beckham (knee) on injured reserve Tuesday.

Analysis: Beckham will be removed from the 53-man roster after an MRI confirmed that he suffered a season-ending ACL tear in his left knee during Sunday's 37-34 win over the Bengals. He'll wrap up his second campaign in Cleveland with four touchdown to go with 23 receptions for 319 yards and 72 rushing yards over his seven games. Beckham will turn his focus to rehabbing the knee with the aim of getting back to 100 percent health ahead of the 2021 season.

Oct 27, 2020 10:19 AM EST


ACL tear confirmed

Beckham (knee) informed Josina Anderson of ESPN on Monday that he has suffered a season-ending ACL tear in his left knee.

Analysis: Beckham sustained the season-ending injury during Sunday's 37-34 win over the Bengals, while attempting to chase down cornerback Darius Phillips after Baker Mayfield threw an interception on his first pass of the game. The Browns will doubtless place the star wideout on injured reserve in the near future, as he sets his sights on making a recovery for 2021. With Beckham out, Rashard Higgins and Donovan Peoples-Jones, both of whom impressed during Sunday's divisional win, will be in line for added offensive reps alongside Jarvis Landry.

Oct 26, 2020 7:30 AM EST


Major knee injury feared

There are fears that Beckham suffered a major knee injury Sunday against the Bengals, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: Beckham will undergo an MRI on Monday, but early indications regarding his knee injury aren't looking promising. If the wideout is forced to miss extended time, Rashard Higgins and Donovan Peoples-Jones would be in line for added work alongside Jarvis Landry.

Oct 25, 2020 1:58 PM EST


Will undergo MRI on knee

Beckham will undergo an MRI on his left knee Monday, Mary Kay Cabot of The Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.

Analysis: At a minimum, Beckham's status for the Browns' Week 8 contest against the Raiders will need to be monitored. It's quite possible that he'll need to miss some time, however and if so, there will be added snaps and targets available for both Rashard Higgins and Donovan Peoples-Jones.

Oct 25, 2020 1:35 PM EST


Done for the day

Beckham (left knee) won't return to Sunday's game against the Bengals.

Analysis: If Beckham is forced to miss any time beyond Sunday, Rashard Higgins would be in line to see an expanded role in the Browns' passing offense alongside Jarvis Landry. Beckham did not record a catch prior to his exit from Sunday's contest.

Oct 25, 2020 11:01 AM EST


Officially has knee injury

Beckham (knee) is questionable to return to Sunday's game in Cincinnati, Nate Ulrich of the Akron Beacon Journal reports.

Analysis: Baker Mayfield looked Beckham's way on the Browns' first play from scrimmage, but the pass was picked off, and the wide receiver injured himself attempting to make a tackle. Beckham clutched his left knee before heading to the locker room, and his ability to return now is up in the air. As long as Beckham is sidelined, Jarvis Landry will serve as Cleveland's No. 1 wideout, while Rashard Higgins and Donovan Peoples-Jones are the only other wide receivers available Sunday.

Oct 25, 2020 10:32 AM EST


Leaves field Sunday

Beckham (knee) went to the locker room during the first quarter of Sunday's game at Cincinnati, Jay Morrison of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: On a pass intended for Beckham on the Browns' first play from scrimmage, the Bengals picked off Baker Mayfield, and the wide receiver appeared to get injured while attempting to make a tackle, per Mary Kay Cabot of The Cleveland Plain Dealer. Beckham clutched at his left knee before leaving the field, but the severity of the injury likely won't be known until the Browns make a decision on his ability to return.

Oct 25, 2020 10:24 AM EST


Draws softer Week 7 matchup

Beckham's outlook for Sunday's game against the Bengals may have improved after the Bengals ruled top cornerback William Jackson (concussion) out for the Week 7 matchup, Scott Petrak of the Elyria Chronicle-Telegram reports.

Analysis: Though he didn't shadow Beckham exclusively in the Bengals' Week 2 loss to the Browns, Jackson was still expected to cover the wideout on a majority of his routes Sunday before being ruled out with the head injury. With Mackenzie Alexander slated to match up with a banged-up Jarvis Landry (rib) in the slot, Beckham should now run mainly against perimeter corners LeShaun Sims and Darius Phillips, both of whom represent major downgrades from Jackson in coverage, per Pro Football Focus. Beckham's team context remains less than ideal with the Browns having leaned heavily on the running game this season in part due to quarterback Baker Mayfield's poor efficiency, but the plus matchup with Cincinnati in addition to the absence of top tight end Austin Hooper (appendix) should help the wideout bounce back to some extent after he logged a season-low four targets in the Week 6 loss to Pittsburgh.

Oct 23, 2020 10:49 AM EST


Held in check

Beckham recorded two receptions on four targets for 25 yards in Week 6 against the Steelers.

Analysis: Baker Mayfield and Case Keenum combined to throw for 165 yards, limiting all of the Browns receiving options. As a result, Beckham was hampered by the team's offensive struggles and may have also been feeling the lingering effects of an illness that limited him throughout the week. Prior to this contest, Beckham had proven to have a relatively high floor, commanding at least six targets in every game. Beckham should be in line for a bounceback performance in Week 8 against the Bengals, though Baker Mayfield's (ribs) status will be worth monitoring.

Oct 18, 2020 2:40 PM EST


Suiting up for Cleveland

Beckham (illness) is active Week 6 against the Steelers.

Analysis: The Cleveland injury report looked grim at one point this week, but Sunday's official inactive list confirms that Beckham will be suiting up alongside starting quarterback Baker Mayfield (chest) and fellow wideout Jarvis Landry (ribs). It should be business as usual for Beckham, who has had six or more targets come his way in each game this season. He'll be going up against a Pittsburgh secondary that has given up exactly two touchdowns to opposing receivers in three of four games this season.

Oct 18, 2020 8:34 AM EST


In line to play Sunday

Both Beckham (illness) and Jarvis Landry (hip, rib) are expected to play Sunday against the Steelers, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

Analysis: The Browns' top two pass-catchers are listed as questionable for the contest, with official confirmation of their status set to arrive upon the release of the Browns' inactives prior to Sunday's 1:00 ET kickoff. Meanwhile, Tom Pelissero of NFL Network notes that QB Baker Mayfield (chest), who is also listed as questionable, is set to the start the contest.

Oct 18, 2020 4:23 AM EST


Set to play Sunday

Beckham (illness) will play Sunday against the Steelers after a number of tests all came back negative, Mike Garafolo of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: The fact Beckham has now tested negative for COVID-19 on multiple occasions locks in the star wide receiver for a showdown against the division-rival Steelers. It's worth noting Beckham has not practiced at the team's facility since Thursday, but coach Kevin Stefanski dismissed the notion it could drastically affect the wide receiver's factor in the game plan. Beckham ranks 14th among NFL WRs in targets (39) and has seen back-to-back weeks with at least eight which he's parlayed into 10 receptions for 139 yards and two touchdowns.

Oct 17, 2020 7:19 AM EST


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