As he rehabilitates from offseason surgical procedure, Cleveland Browns extensive receiver Odell Beckham Jr. is predicting huge issues in 2020.
“Proper now what I am attempting to do is hit the reset button,” Beckham mentioned in a video posted to his YouTube channel Monday. “With the ability to simply get all the pieces mounted. Shoulder, arms, again, all the pieces aligned, useful, shifting correctly, so I can start coaching to be prepared for the season.
“I might truthfully say that is in all probability going to be one in all my finest seasons. Larger, stronger, sooner — this my time.”
Beckham underwent surgical procedure Jan. 21 to handle a hip and groin damage that slowed him all through one in all his worst seasons final yr. In his video, he went into 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 sort of simply feeling stuff across the groin space, abs and stuff like that,” he mentioned. “My third week of coaching camp, I tear a bit of piece of my ab. So earlier than the season, I sort of had the hernia factor occurring. Sports activities hernia is what they name it. Find yourself on the finish of the season, torn abductor, torn rectus abdominis on the proper.
“So just about, I used to be simply f—ed up the entire yr. I actually did not try to say something about it. In all probability 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 way of these accidents, Beckham posted the worst statistical season of his profession, save his injury-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 continuing topic of commerce rumors, particularly with the Browns overhauling their entrance workplace and training employees. However new Browns common 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. 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 feel it is fairly clear we’re attempting to construct at this level,” he mentioned. “We’re actually constructing round a core of gamers that we expect have an opportunity to be a championship-caliber core, and the concept we might take away from that core at this second simply would not make a complete lot of sense and actually [is] not one thing we’re exploring in any respect.”