Odell Beckham accepts he “probably” won’t have huge numbers this season

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The Browns have the best 1-2 rushing punch in the NFL. Nick Chubb, who finished second in the league in rushing last season, currently ranks fourth with 184 yards. Kareem Hunt, who won the rushing title as a rookie, is tied for eighth with 158 rushing yards.

Where does that leave receiver Odell Beckham Jr.? Facing the reality that he’s probably not “going to kill it” this season as he declared this offseason was his goal.

“For me, one of my biggest growths has come in acceptance in a sense and for me knowing it’s probably not going to be that kind of season [with huge numbers],” Beckham said on a video call Thursday, via Mary Kay Cabot of cleveland.com. “Like I always say, my goal is always going to be my goal, and I don’t feel like I’m ever going to fall short of it. Like I said, learning and acceptance, so you set new goals.”

Beckham topped the 1,000-yard mark in 2019, with 1,035 yards, but he scored only four touchdowns. He did not make the Pro Bowl for the third consecutive season.

He has seven catches for 96 yards and a touchdown through two games this season.

Beckham, though, is not complaining. He said the Michael Jordan documentary that he watched during quarantine helped him develop a new mindset.

“Having a game within a game, working on a release during a run game or working something else, a new goal — aside from winning always,” Beckham said. “Nick Chubb needs to be the No. 1 rusher in the league or Kareem, too. You have two legitimate No. 1 backs in the backfield, and our team is very, very, very good at running the football, so you have to play to your strengths. Then I think you learn where you fit in and where you’re able to make your plays and how you can help the team.”

The Browns didn’t trade for Beckham to turn him into a blocker, which is why there is so much speculation about his future in Cleveland. But for now, Beckham insists he’s fine with whatever the Browns ask of him.

That likely means more blocking as the Browns rank 28th in passing with 193.5 yards a game and second in rushing at 176.5.

“I think a lot of my growth came in acceptance, acceptance of life and acceptance of things and just knowing that’s what it’s going to be and finding a way to create that block that springs (Chubb) or whatever it is to help us win,” Beckham said.

34 responses to “Odell Beckham accepts he “probably” won’t have huge numbers this season

  1. OBJ will fit in fine with that stat hungry Saints. The head coach will even call time outs with the game in the bag to pad stats

  2. I’m impressed to be honest with you. He has always been labeled a Diva, for which he is, but with age maybe he is finally coming to his senses.

  3. Odell. Please understand we here in Cleveland don’t need you to have huge numbers. We need you to be a real threat which means you’ll draw double coverage and be a player that other teams have to account for. Keep running hard consistent routes and about the time they think they are not going to throw it to you again…. BOOM AND ZOOM and your off. I would rather you have a few seriously great plays and solid gains and we win then huge numbers and we lose. Trust me. We know your value and admire your game. Keeping the defense honest is a big play every play. A big game is a W on that scoreboard. Plain and simple.

  4. Guess he’s starting to realize he doesn’t have a qb that will toss it up so he can grab it. If Eli is reading this I’m sure he’s saying “how do u like me now”!!!

  5. Context matters, OBJ was asked specifically how do you accept the fact that you probably won’t have the type of production you’re used to having but to put it as if he’s complaining is disingenuous! People are always looking to attack OBJ for anything he says or does. The running game won’t be there every week, when they load up the box the passing game should open up. He might not catch 100+ balls but should easily top 1k yards receiving and if they can get the D healthy this team should be able to make the playoffs!

  6. different players have different goals… he just wants to make sure he has the stats to be in the running for best receiver ever. cant really fault him for that.

  7. Quit worrying about your own numbers and concentrate on winning some football games. Yet another selfish diva WR.

  8. Reading between the lines, he’s admitting he doesn’t have a good QB in Baker who is all talk and little bite

  9. patsfan4lifesbchamps says:
    September 24, 2020 at 7:52 pm
    Eli made Odell. lol

    I am also still bitter about the two SB losses

  10. Only the Browns would be dumb enough to get a hold of one of the leagues most dynamic playmakers and then choose to run their two good backs into the ground during his prime.

  11. I don’t think his body language showed his acceptance in week one. I get he wants eye popping stats and to win. Baker Mayfield is just not that good of a QB yet and may never be. Winning should be the focus until he is traded before the deadline.

  12. It sucks to have anyone at a skill position “disgruntled”, but if you can run the football effectively in this league, score, burn the clock and keep your defense off of the field its a great recipe for winning.

    Long, smash mouth drives are demoralizing. Ball control is everything.

  13. Why does he always have to declare his feelings ,just stop running your mouth for one season it might go a long way for you !

  14. It’s hard to get a true assessment of OBJ’s tenure in Cleveland. He was dinged up last year and had to suffer both Freddie Kitchens’ incompetence and Baker Mayfield’s inconsistency. Now he is in the midst of Stef implementing a new system that is run and TE oriented. That said, his “elite” days are probably in the rear view mirror.

  15. The longer OBJ stays with the Browns, the lower his trade value gets. Cleveland needs to trade him ASAP to the highest bidder. A Safety just netted the Jets 2 1sts, a 3rd, and a replacement starting safety. OBJ is a proven playmaker in the NFL, but has some emotional issues. Even if the Browns could only get a low 1st and a 3rd, do it now because he’s not getting any younger.

  16. The issue hasn’t been so much the lack of big numbers but the fact he hasn’t made the most out of the opportunities he has had. Way too many drops. It’s like instead of drops being some small percentage of total passes it’s like a constant number so even if you barely throw to him the number of drops is the same. And he simply disappears. Part of that might be Mayfield and the offense but for what they’re paying him and his talent it’s bizarre how frequently you essentially forget he is in the game.

  17. BRILLIANT!! You go out and acquire Jarvis Landry & Odell Bechkam Jr, you drafted Njoku in the 1srt round and then draft Mayfield #1 overall so you can be a run-first team! Browns are gonna Brown.

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