WR Odell Beckham Jr - Cleveland Browns
|5-11, 198||Born: 11-5-1992||College: LSU||Drafted: Round 1, pick 2014|
News you need to know
From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Nov 11): Beckham got increased opportunity with no change to his bottom line numbers. He's impossible to bench but the ceiling games continue to elude him.
General News (Wed Nov 13): practiced fully on Wednesday and is not on the team's injury report. He will be available to play this week.
General News (Tue Nov 12): practiced fully on Tuesday.
Week 11: vs Pittsburgh Steelers
FBG says: Neutral matchup. The NFL did the Browns passing offense no favors in their schedule as they had five consecutive games against San Francisco, Seattle, New England, Denver, and Buffalo who are five of the best pass defenses in the NFL. Mayfield over the last two weeks has looked better as he has not thrown an interception over the last two games, and has completed 66% of his passes on the year. The Browns were desperately looking for a third option in the passing game to complement Odell Beckham and Jarvis Landry and may have found someone in Kareem Hunt who caught 7 passes for the Browns this past week. Teams continue to try to take Beckham out of the equation forcing the Browns to go to other options and they were successful going to Landry who for this offense to continue to work needs to continue to play at a high level as he now has more receptions, yards, and touchdowns than Beckham in this offense. This is a team that will look to continue to get on track for the rest of the season as the schedule lightens up in the remaining 7 games. The Steelers pass defense is a bit of an enigma as they have been fortunate in the schedule that they have had since Week 4. The Steelers have only faced two teams in the top half of the league in passing yards, both of which are on a downward spiral in the Chargers and the Rams. When facing good talent, this is a secondary that has struggled as they have allowed 275 yards or more to San Francisco, Seattle, New England, and the Chargers and allowed 300 yards or more to the last three of that group. To be fair, only one of those games was after Minkah Fitzpatrick joined the team which Fitzpatrick has been tremendous for this defense. The reality here is that this is still a defense that has been volatile against good competition but has been elite against poor competition. At the corner position, Joe Haden, Mike Hilton, and Steven Nelson have all been good, not great corners, but there is not a major flaw in this defense. If there is a spot for concern it is at the linebacker position as Devin Bush and Mark Barron have struggled mightily against the position which has led to the Steelers giving up the sixth-most fantasy points to opposing tight ends this season.
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 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 Jr. tallies 60 receiving yards (Fri Nov 15, 02:17 AM) - Cleveland Browns WR Odell Beckham Jr. (groin) had four receptions for 60 yards against the Pittsburgh Steelers on Thursday, Nov. 14. Our View: Beckham was tackled at the one on a successful post but was otherwise quiet against Steven Nelson. If the Steelers had been more competitive, perhaps the Browns would have passed downfield more often, but they didn't need to. Beckham is what he is this year, a low ceiling WR3/Flex, although the matchup against Miami next week will make it difficult to leave him on the bench.
link to story Browns | Odell Beckham on track to play (Wed Nov 13, 02:12 PM) - Cleveland Browns WR Odell Beckham Jr. (groin) fully participated in practice Wednesday, Nov. 13, and is not on the injury report for Week 11. link to story Browns | Cleveland's Tuesday practice report (Tue Nov 12, 04:01 PM) - Cleveland Browns DB Eric Murray (knee) and DE Olivier Vernon (knee) did not practice for a second straight day on Tuesday, Nov. 12. TE Ricky Seals-Jones (knee) was limited for a second straight day. WR Odell Beckham Jr. (groin), OG Joel Bitonio (back), CB T.J. Carrie (back), DE Myles Garrett (knee), OT Kendall Lamm (knee), WR Jarvis Landry (hip), S Damarious Randall (chest) and OT Greg Robinson (shoulder) practiced in full. The Browns did not pull the practice on Tuesday, so the injury report is an estimation. link to story Browns | Odell Beckham fully practices (Mon Nov 11, 04:09 PM) - Cleveland Browns WR Odell Beckham Jr. (groin) fully participated in practice Monday, Nov. 11. The Browns did not hold a practice Monday, so this is an estimation. link to story Browns | Monday's practice report for Cleveland (Mon Nov 11, 03:19 PM) - Cleveland Browns DB Eric Murray (knee) and DE Olivier Vernon (knee) did not practice Monday, Nov. 11. TE Ricky Seals-Jones (knee) was limited. WR Odell Beckham Jr. (groin), OG Joel Bitonio (back), CB T.J. Carrie (back), DE Myles Garrett (knee) OT Kendall Lamm (knee), WR Jarvis Landry (hip), S Damarious Randall (chest) and OT Greg Robinson (shoulder) practiced in full. The Browns did not hold a practice on Monday, so the injury report is an estimation. link to story More News
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