Odell Beckham Jr. is able to make his return to the sector after lacking the second half of final yr attributable to a season-ending knee damage. In some circles, Beckham remains to be thought of a prime expertise at extensive receiver within the NFL.
However is that this solely notion, or is it a actuality?
For all of the fuss over OBJ since he arrived on the scene in 2014, arguably the best second of his profession occurred simply 11 video games into his profession. Sure, that phenomenal one-handed catch in opposition to the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday Evening Soccer is an iconic second in NFL historical past. Which will have been the catch of the last decade.
Even with that spectacular catch and the person success OBJ skilled throughout his first three years within the league, the previous 4 haven’t been as glamorous. His particular person accomplishments on the sector haven’t precisely contributed to his workforce’s profitable.
The entire blame isn’t on OBJ. He has performed for some fairly unhealthy groups over his first seven years within the league. In 4 seasons with the New York Giants, Beckham performed in a single playoff recreation. That was a 38-13 arse-kicking by the hands of Aaron Rodgers and the Inexperienced Bay Packers. OBJ had simply 4 catches for 28-yards within the loss, and two large drops, one ultimately zone. And this, after all, got here after Beckham and a pair Giants went on that notorious boat party the week prior.
The Cleveland Browns did make the postseason final yr, however once more Beckham missed the latter half of the season. However the former offensive ROY nonetheless has his followers and admirers. Nonetheless, OBJ is not a hands-down top-five wideout.
In his first three years, OBJ averaged 1,374 yards and 96 catches per season. Over these first three years with the Giants, he additionally recorded double-digit receiving touchdowns every season. OBJ hasn’t come wherever shut to those stats in his final 4 campaigns. From 2017-20 OBJ hasn’t caught greater than 77 passes in any season. He has barely topped 1,050 yards both.
To be honest, accidents have performed an enormous half in derailing what regarded like a sure-fire Corridor-of-Fame profession early on. However everyone knows essentially the most overused cliché in sports activities relating to skilled athletes and the accidents they undergo. The very best capacity is availability.
Not having a two-time Tremendous Bowl MVP quarterback appears to have additionally slowed down OBJ’s corridor of fame aspirations. Say what you’ll, however two of Tom Brady’s three Tremendous Bowl losses got here by the hands of 1 man. Elisha Nelson Manning.
Baker Mayfield hasn’t precisely proven that he has the identical clutch gene that Manning possessed in New York. I feel we’ve seen throughout his time with the Cleveland Browns that OBJ must be with a veteran QB. A veteran QB would possibly higher go well with Beckham and his sturdy persona. Groups want these sturdy personalities however typically it may be a bit a lot for a younger QB, particularly when that persona is your primary goal at receiver.
Mayfield hasn’t proven that he can at all times get OBJ the ball the place he desires when he’s open. In accordance with StatMuse.com, Mayfield has a passer ranking of 83.0 with OBJ on the sector and a 94.9 ranking with out him. Mayfield has additionally thrown double the interceptions with OBJ on the sector versus with out. 28 with OBJ, 15 with out.
Manning was already a made man by the point OBJ acquired to the league in 2014. There wasn’t a lot he may have stated to Manning as a result of Manning already had two Tremendous Bowl rings. For an NFL franchise that makes you an untouchable.
A change of surroundings could also be what the physician ordered for OBJ. First, he should work out a technique to keep on the sector. I don’t blame gamers for accidents as a result of they do occur, however at a degree, one thing wants to vary as soon as a participant experiences a number of seasons with accidents that maintain them out a number of video games.
The place the Browns are involved, OBJ could be higher suited on a workforce the place the QB slings the ball all around the area. Inexperienced Bay and Aaron Rodgers are extremely unlikely to be a risk. The Packers simply introduced again Randall Cobb for Rodgers, so they’re ‘good.’
Perhaps the Tampa Bay Buccaneers will make a transfer to seize OBJ and shock Tom Brady for his fiftieth birthday developing quickly. They went out and signed everyone else Brady requested for final season, together with Antonio Brown. They had been even in a position to drag Rob Gronkowski away from Vince McMahon and the WWE.
Think about a locker room with Gronkowski and OBJ. Now that will be entertaining. Get your cameras and your popcorn prepared of us if this had been to occur.
I do suppose OBJ can nonetheless be a prime 5-to-10 extensive receiver within the league, however it received’t occur in Cleveland. He must get to the correct scenario with a brand new begin that fits his skillset. You can’t be elite catching 75 passes a yr.
It simply doesn’t appear to be he’s going to have the ability to accomplish rather more than that enjoying with the Browns.