WR Odell Beckham Jr - Cleveland Browns
|5-11, 198||Born: 11-5-1992||College: LSU||Drafted: Round 1, pick 2014|
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General News (Tue Jan 21): underwent surgery to repair his core muscle on Tuesday, Jan. 21, in Philadelphia. He dealt with the injury for multiple weeks during the season.
Week 21: bye week
Recent Stats and Projections
Weekly Performance vs WR 1, WR 12, WR 24, WR 36
Odell Beckham Jr's percentile rank in each category, among WR with more than 50 fantasy points.
Recent Game Summaries
2019 Week 17 vs CIN (6 / 3 / 81 / 1 rec)
Beckham found the end zone for just the fourth time all season but he did manage to top 1,000 receiving yards on the season. His first catch was a beauty on a deep 36-yard bomb down the right sideline. Baker Mayfield made a perfect pass over the defense and Beckham did the rest, hauling in the over the shoulder grab. On the final drive of the second quarter, Beckham drew his second target but the pass was thrown too high for him to catch. His third target came on the first drive of the third quarter on a deep target to the right side but the pass was forced into double coverage and was easily intercepted. His best work came in the fourth quarter. He got wide open on a play-action pass and hauled in a 25-yard catch. That was the catch that put him over 1,000 receiving yards. It appeared that he may not return to the game afterwards as he took himself out of the game and removed his helmet. He ultimately wound up returning a few plays later and made an impressive 20-yard touchdown catch on fourth-and-goal. He leapt up and grabbed the ball in the back right corner of the end zone. On his way down he was able to tap his right toe on his way out of bounds to get both feet down. On the team's final drive of the game he got open in the middle of the field but the pass went off his hands for a drop. Beckham played through a sports hernia for much of the season and could be headed for offseason surgery to get the issue repaired.
2019 Week 16 vs BAL (6 / 4 / 44 / 1 rec)
Beckham's first catch was a 22-yarder where he got wide open but he negated most of that gain with a 15-yard taunting penalty at the end of the play. In the second quarter he drew a defensive pass interference call in the end zone. He was targeted down the left side and the defender grabbed his shoulder pad while the ball was in the air. Baltimore challenged that the ball was uncatchable but the penalty stood after official review. His final target of the first half was a deep shot down the right sideline. It appeared as though he would make the catch but Marcus Peters made an excellent play to get a hand in to tip the ball just as it arrived. In the third quarter, Beckham gained four yards on a quick pass to the left. He tacked on a 15-yard gain at the beginning of the fourth quarter and capped that drive off with a three-yard touchdown on an end zone fade. He did an excellent job getting both feet in bounds in the back right corner of the end zone. Cameras showed Beckham having a heated conversation with head coach Freddie Kitchens after the failed two-point conversion following his touchdown.
2019 Week 15 vs ARI (13 / 8 / 66 / 0 rec)
Beckham set a new season-high with 13 targets but he was unable to break any big plays on any of his eight catches. He did come close to having a really big game but just couldn't get any breaks. He saw a deep target on Baker Mayfield's first pass of the game but the ball was overthrown. He came back to catch a six-yard pass on that same drive. Mayfield then tried him again on a deep shot, this time delivering a perfect pass that Beckham had in his hands and then dropped. On the second drive, Beckham was credited with a target on a throwaway attempt out of bounds. In the second quarter Beckham pulled in a 17-yard reception on second-and-15. He tacked on one more catch in the third quarter, going for a five-yard gain on a screen. Beckham was extremely busy in the fourth quarter with the Browns shifting into comeback mode. He started off with another catchable target that he failed to haul in. It probably won't be ruled an official drop thanks to good defense but it appeared to be a ball he could have brought in. On the team's final drive, Beckham notched four catches and saw a few red zone looks. His first red zone target came in the end zone but the ball was thrown to wide right of him. He did take a big helmet-to-helmet hit on a four-yard catch but popped right back up after the play. He came extremely close to scoring a touchdown on his last catch, getting stopped at the Arizona one-yard line after an 11-yard gain. The chemistry between Mayfield and Beckham remains a work in progress.
2019 Week 14 vs CIN (5 / 2 / 39 / 0 rec)
It looked like Beckham was going to have a big game as he caught Baker Mayfield's first pass attempt for an 18-yard gain. On the second drive, he was the target on a pass tipped by a defender in the secondary. There was originally a pass interference flag thrown on the play but the officials picked it up after seeing that the pass was tipped. Beckham's second (and only other) catch came on the first drive of the second quarter. He got wide open and pulled in a 21-yard reception. It appeared that he had another long gain on the ensuing drive. Beckham caught what looked to be about a 36-yard catch on his fingertips as he was going out of bounds. The play was initially ruled a catch but was overturned after a Cincinnati challenge. He saw another target on that same drive. This time the ball was thrown a bit high. He leapt up to make the catch which gave defenders time to close in and hit him as the ball got there. It jarred the pass loose, resulting in an incompletion. Mayfield could have delivered a more accurate pass in that spot. In the fourth quarter, Beckham drew a defensive pass interference flag on a short pass to the left.
2019 Week 13 vs PIT (6 / 3 / 29 / 0 rec)
Beckham had another quiet game in orange and brown. He was strangely not a big part of the game plan, drawing just six targets in the loss. At times it was hard to remember that the star wideout was on the field. Cleveland's porous offensive line continues to be an issue as Baker Mayfield often didn't have time to sit back and give time for Beckham to get open. When Beckham was open, Mayfield often threw inaccurate passes in his direction. Beckham's first target of the game was an end zone target at the end of the first drive. The pass was thrown way too high for Beckham to get a hand on it. On the following drive, he caught a six-yard pass on the left side of the field. His second catch came in the second quarter and went for a four-yard gain. He didn't make another catch again until the third drive of the second half, where he made a diving, 19-yard grab. He jumped up and started yelling, presumably to motivate his team. That was the final time he was heard from in the game.
2019 Week 12 vs MIA (8 / 6 / 84 / 1 rec)
Beckham found the end zone for the first time since his team's Week 2 win over the New York Jets. He also helped his team by drawing a few defensive pass interference penalties on deep passes. His first grab didn't come until the third drive of the game. He took a short screen to the left for a four-yard gain. He scored his touchdown on that same drive. Beckham got wide open behind the Miami defense and pulled down a 35-yard strike in the end zone for the score. In the second quarter, Beckham ripped off a 16-yard catch on a slant and then a tough, contested catch that went for a 15-yard gain. He drew his first defensive pass interference flag on that same drive. He got a deep target near the Miami goal line. The play initially wasn't ruled a penalty but was later changed after review. Beckham was involved in Baker Mayfield's only interception, although it is hard to pin the blame on the receiver. Mayfield threw a poor pass behind Beckham, who turned around and got his hands on it but the pass ended up tipping over to a defender for the pick. On the second drive of the third quarter he caught a quick slant for six yards. In the fourth quarter, Beckham drew another pass interference flag on a deep pass near the goal line. He had a defender holding onto him most of the way, making it an easy call for the officials. He got open near the end zone again on that same drive but Mayfield threw way too high for him to make the catch.
2019 Week 11 vs PIT (10 / 4 / 60 / 0 rec)
Beckham came extremely close to posting a big game but again a bit of bad luck along with shaky chemistry between him and Baker Mayfield held him back. His first catch was a seven-yard gain on a short slant. On the same drive, it appeared he and Mayfield connected for a 43-yard touchdown. The officials reviewed the scoring play and determined that Beckham's knee touched down inside the one-yard line before the ball crossed the goal line. Beckham had to settle for a 42-yard reception as Mayfield punched in the one-yard score. On the second drive he caught a short pass which went for no gain. On the following drive he saw another target but the pass was too high for him to catch. In the second quarter, he saw a target near the left sideline. It was a catchable ball but Beckham dropped it. In the third quarter, Beckham saw a deep end zone shot. Unfortunately, there appeared to be a miscommunication between him and Mayfield as the ball was placed near the sideline while Beckham had turned toward the middle of the field. Beckham saw several targets in the fourth quarter. He and Mayfield showed nice timing on an 11-yard reception near the right sideline. Mayfield went back to Beckham twice more on that drive but they couldn't connect, with one target too far out of bounds and the other thrown way too high for a wide-open Beckham. He came close to scoring yet again on his final target of the game. Beckham caught a four-yard end zone fade but was unable to get both feet down inbounds.
2019 Week 10 vs BUF (12 / 5 / 57 / 0 rec)
As has been the case often in his short Cleveland career, Beckham had an up-and-down game. He has faced a tough slate of opposing cornerbacks of late, with Week 10 being no different as he and Tre'Davious White battled throughout much of Sunday's contest. The Browns mentioned earlier in the week that they wanted to force-feed targets to Beckham and they did just that with OBJ leading the team with 12 targets. Beckham came into the game with just one touchdown but he could have scored on at least three separate occasions against the Bills. On his very first target, he got a few steps on his defender down the right sideline and Baker Mayfield overthrew him. If Mayfield had hit Beckham in stride, it would have gone for a 75-yard score. On the second drive, Beckham had a catchable target on third-and-one but he allowed White to break up the play. On that same drive, Beckham drew three end zone targets. He was held in the end zone by a defender on the first two targets, resulting in two separate defensive pass interference flags. The third pass was a high target to the right side of the end zone. Beckham leapt up and had a chance to come down with the ball but credit goes to the defender who was able to jar the ball loose for an incompletion. In the second quarter, Beckham made a sliding attempt at a low throw but allowed the defender to break up the pass again. In the third quarter, he came to life a bit, ripping off a 10-yard and a 14-yard reception. In the fourth quarter, Mayfield really started trying to force the ball to Beckham. He threw to a double-covered Beckham on two separate occasions, with both falling incomplete. Beckham's final two catches came on the game-winning drive. He got a big cushion from White on a 13-yard gain to the left and then made a nice four-yard catch against close coverage. Beckham and Mayfield's chemistry together remains a work in progress but, with better luck, Beckham could have had a multi-touchdown game in Week 10.
2019 Week 9 vs DEN (6 / 5 / 87 / 0 rec, 1 / -5 / 0 rush)
Beckham was on his way to another slow day before he ripped off two long gains in the fourth quarter. He spent much of the afternoon tangling with star corner Chris Harris who did a decent job of limiting him. Beckham's first grab came on the second drive and was a six-yard gain on a third-and-two. He came back with a seven-yard gain for another first down on second-and-six. He finished off that drive with an incompletion as Baker Mayfield threw too high for Beckham to catch. His next touch came in the second quarter on a rush attempt. He received a pitch and was swallowed up for a five-yard loss. On the final drive of the first half, he made an eight-yard grab. Beckham didn't see any work in the third quarter but made up for that with a big fourth quarter. He made a great, contested grab down the right sideline and followed that with a slick spin move to evade a tackler to tack on some extra yardage after the catch. On the following drive, he made another impressive catch where he evaded a tackler at the catch point, bobbled the ball, hauled it in, and galloped for a 39-yard gain. His lack of touchdowns has been disappointing but Beckham is still every bit as explosive as he was in his New York days. The Browns just need to find a better way to optimize the talented play-maker in their offense.
2019 Week 8 vs NE (7 / 5 / 52 / 0 rec)
Beckham was on his way to a slow outing before he caught a 31-yard pass in the fourth quarter. He predictably struggled against blanket coverage from Stephon Gilmore, one of the top cover corners in the league. His first catch was a seven-yard gain on a quick screen to the left. On the next drive, he caught another short screen, this time going for three yards. In the second quarter, he caught two more passes, a sliding seven-yard gain off play action and a four-yard gain for a first down on third-and-three. He was quiet in the third quarter, dropping his lone target on a well-thrown back shoulder pass down the right sideline. He appeared to turn around a bit late and couldn't adjust in time to make the grab. In the fourth quarter, Beckham got open deep down the left sideline but the pass was thrown too high for him to make the leaping catch. His final catch was impressive as he made a leaping, 31-yard grab between two defenders and absorbed a big hit right after securing the ball.
2019 Week 6 vs SEA (11 / 6 / 101 / 0 rec)
Beckham had his second-best game as a Brown and his first 100-yard game since Week 2 against the Jets. The star receiver was targeted heavily in this game but he did make a few mistakes along the way, dropping or failing to catch at least three catchable balls during the contest. Beckham also could have had a much bigger game but he had three catches nullified by assorted penalties throughout the afternoon. He saw a target on the first play of the game but had his five-yard reception negated by a defensive offsides penalty. His first catch was a five-yard grab on the second drive, followed up by a nine-yard catch on the following drive. In the second quarter he dropped a pass that was slightly behind him but still catchable. He made up for that with an 18-yard diving catch on a low pass on the fifth drive of the game. He was the intended target on Baker Mayfield's first interception of the game. Beckham was supposed to run a short crossing route but he was clipped by a defender and knocked off his route, preventing him from getting to his spot. His longest catch came on the next drive on an impressive, leaping 41-yard grab along the right sideline. He landed on a Seattle defender before sliding out of bounds. Seattle challenged that he didn't get his feet down inbounds on the catch but the play was upheld. In the third quarter he added a 19-yard catch and had what would have been a nine-yard grab negated by an offensive holding penalty. On the next drive penalties took yardage away from him again, this time the culprit being an ineligible player downfield call. That catch would have gone for 17 yards. Freddie Kitchens did not appear to agree with that call based on his reaction on the sideline. In the fourth quarter, Beckham saw an end zone target on a fade route but the ball was thrown too high for him to even get a hand on it.
2019 Week 5 vs SF (6 / 2 / 27 / 0 rec, 2 / 15 / 0 rush)
It was a second straight slow outing for the star receiver. He got off on the right foot at he completed a 20-yard pass to Jarvis Landry on the first play of the game. It was all downhill from there as Beckham committed several mistakes. His first target was a drop on a catchable, short screen pass to the right. He was unable to haul in a high pass on the team's third drive. While it wasn't a great pass, it was a catchable ball, especially for someone such as Beckham. On the fourth drive, the Browns got creative in trying to get the ball to Beckham, having him line up in the backfield and take a handoff, which went for four yards. He later saw another carry in the second quarter, this time going for 11 yards on a sweep to the right. On the ensuing drive, Beckham made a catch in the red zone, hauling in a seven-yard grab to get the ball down to the San Francisco seven-yard line. His only other catch was a 20-yard gain on the first drive of the third quarter where he got wide open against the San Francisco zone defense. With the game out of reach, Beckham was surprisingly out there to return a punt in the fourth quarter. He wound up losing a fumble on the return as he was carelessly holding the ball away from his body while trying to reverse field in attempts to make a play. It was a head-scratching decision by the Cleveland coaching staff to allow him to risk an injury on a return in a blowout contest.
2019 Week 4 vs BAL (7 / 2 / 20 / 0 rec)
Beckham had a slow day while contending with excellent coverage from Marlon Humphrey. Beckham had two uncharacteristic drops, both the result of solid coverage from Humphrey, who hit Beckham as the ball was arriving, preventing him from securing the ball. He did get open on his first target but he slipped on the turf and was unable to make the grab. He got to throw a pass in this game on a triple-reverse flea flicker. He threw a nice, deep pass to Damion Ratley near the goal line but Ratley couldn't make the catch. It was a catchable ball but Ratley couldn't squeeze it. In the third quarter, perhaps irritated by Humphrey's close coverage throughout the game, Beckham got into a scuffle where he took a swing at the Raven. Humphrey responded by throwing Beckham down and starting to choke him. The play resulted in four offsetting personal foul penalties, two from each team. While Beckham had a slow statistical game, the close defensive attention paid to him allowed Jarvis Landry to post a career-high 167 receiving yards. Beckham's only two catches came in the fourth quarter, after Landry left with a concussion. He had a short three-yard gain and then a 17-yard catch where he held on while taking a big hit.
2019 Week 3 vs LAR (9 / 6 / 56 / 0 rec)
Beckham got off to a fast start, catching two passes in the first quarter. He slowed down after that as the Rams focused their efforts on keeping him from hurting them. He saw an end zone target in the second quarter but the pass was out of bounds and uncatchable. He did make an excellent catch in the fourth quarter where he took a big hit as the ball arrived but was able to hang on. The Rams double-teamed Beckham when the Browns got near the end zone, preventing him from finding much room to operate.
2019 Week 2 vs NYJ (10 / 6 / 161 / 1 rec)
In his return to the Big Apple, Beckham made two exceptional plays in the win. On the first drive of the game, he hauled in a 33-yard, one-handed catch down the right sideline with a defender draped all over him. He got open deep on the left side of the field on the team's second drive but was overthrown. In the second quarter, he made a leaping 21-yard reception in which he held on after being sandwiched by two defenders. At the end of the second quarter, he drew a deep end zone shot but was unable to make the catch against double coverage. He came up limping and ended up heading to the locker room early with calf cramping. He received an I.V. during halftime and was able to return for the start of the third quarter. Beckham made the play of the game on an 89-yard touchdown reception during the third quarter. He took a pass that traveled about eight yards in the air and outran the Jets defense for the score, reaching a 21.7 MPH sprint according to NextGen stats. Beckham finished off the evening with 12 and six-yard catches in the fourth quarter.
2019 Week 1 vs TEN (11 / 7 / 71 / 0 rec)
It was a tale of two halves for Beckham, who caught all but one of his passes in the first half of the contest. The Titans managed to find a way to limit him to just a 12-yard grab in the second half. His first catch as a Brown was a 16-yard gain where he showed his electric run after the catch ability to tack on some additional YAC. His next catch was a 12-yarder which was negated by an unnecessary roughness penalty. He went on to rack up an eight-yard and four-yard catch on the two ensuing first-quarter drives. He opened the second quarter with a 24-yard grab and then had another reception, this time an 18-yarder, negated by penalty. His only catch in the second half was a 12-yard reception in the third quarter. He came close to pulling in a decent gain in the fourth quarter but couldn't quite hang onto the ball along the left sideline. For what it is worth, Beckham looked just as explosive as usual, putting to rest any concerns over the training camp hip injury that held him out of all four preseason contests.
Latest NewsBrowns | Odell Beckham has surgery (Tue Jan 21, 11:39 AM) - Cleveland Browns WR Odell Beckham Jr. (abdomen) underwent surgery to repair his core muscle Tuesday, Jan. 21, in Philadelphia. Our View: Beckham should be ready to rock by the time the offseason program begins. He dealt with the injury for multiple weeks during the season and that likely led to the poor numbers (for his standards) that Beckham posted in 2019.
link to story Browns | Odell Beckham Jr. won't face charges (Sat Jan 18, 12:30 PM) - Cleveland Browns WR Odell Beckham Jr. likely won't face simple-assault charges for slapping a security officer's buttocks Monday, Jan. 13, as the officer has declined to press charges, according to a source. Our View: Beckham was celebrating LSU's win in the National Championship and slapped a male officer on the butt. With the officer not pressing charges this latest incident is likely to go away.
link to story Browns | Warrant issued for Odell Beckham Jr. (Thu Jan 16, 12:35 PM) - Cleveland Browns WR Odell Beckham Jr. is the subject of a simple battery arrest warrant issued by the New Orleans Police Department after Beckham appeared to slap a police officer's buttocks in the LSU locker room Monday, Jan. 13 following the College Football Playoff championship game. link to story
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