Browns’ Beckham Jr. close to full recovery, coach says
Cleveland Browns wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. is inching closer to a full recovery.
The 28-year-old has been out since October after tearing his ACL in a game against the Cincinnati Bengals.
Browns’ offensive coordinator Alex Van Pelt told reporters that Beckham is getting ready for the NFL game opener against the Kansas City Chiefs.
“Our foundation has been set,” Van Pelt said Thursday. “We’re just trying to grow in our system. It’s been really nice to have everybody back.”
The 51-year-old coach said Beckham is looking “really good.”
“He’s running well. He’s coming in and out of his breaks. He’s cutting well,” said Van Pelt. “Hopefully, we can get him up there for the opener.”
Since his absence, Browns’ starting quarterback Baker Mayfield struggled at first, yet he showed his class by improving his numbers and bringing the team to victory.
“They’re [Beckham and Mayfield] in a really good place right now as far as their mind space, all the work they did in the offseason, spending time together, just continuing to build that bond,” Van Pelt said.
The former Buccaneers coach gave a glimpse of the Browns’ offense when Beckham is back.
“Any time you can add an elite player, it’s going to help you,” Van Pelt said.
Cleveland’s next preseason game is against the Atlanta Falcons at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on August 29.
Biggest impact compared to 2020? Absolutely JOK. Now, poised to have the most production? Newsome for sure.
Gunna go out on a limb and say Demetric Felton. In a crazy busy offense, I think he’ll make an electric appearance on special teams and some sneaky good plays on offense.
The answer is almost always going to be who sees the field earliest and most often. People underestimate the Browns' current LB room, but between Walker (starter), Smith (potential starter), Takitaki (potential starter), and rotational pieces like Wilson and Phillips, JoK has his work cut out for him. Even if he's more talented than some other guys in that group, he may not start Day 1. He'll play, but he may not start. On the other hand, Greedy is still sidelined and his future is in doubt at this point. We're talking about a 12-month injury with no clear timetable for return. Newsome looked fantastic at minicamp. It's a safe bet that he will start and be an impact player immediately.
The Browns will have a full offseason to ease the pain of a loss to the reigning Super Bowl champs in the Divisional Round. One of the best ways to do it? Thinking about the massive potential that sits ahead next year. "We will be back." :
Given Greedy’s and Ward’s ability to get and/or stay on the field, I’d have to say Newsome is probably the objective favorite. Also, he was a first round pick for a reason and seems bright and hard-working enough to learn the system and earn playing time. JOK isn’t just competing against other LBs on the roster. The LBs on the roster are in a way competing for PT against DBs, schematically. But the answer is Schwartz. Regardless of production, having him on the field as a deep threat should open the offense for the other four eligible receivers.
Alex Van Pelt
Gregory Alexander Van Pelt is an American football coach and former player who is the offensive coordinator for the Cleveland Browns of the National Football League .wikipedia
Odell Beckham Jr.
Odell Cornelious Beckham Jr. , commonly known as OBJ, is an American football wide receiver for the Cleveland Browns of the National Football League . Born in Baton Rouge, Louisiana,wikipedia
2020 Cleveland Browns season
The 2020 season was the Cleveland Browns' 68th as a member of the National Football League, their 72nd overall, and their first under general manager Andrew Berry and head coach Kevin Stefanski.wikipedia
Baker Reagan Mayfield is an American football quarterback for the Cleveland Browns of the National Football League .wikipedia