PFF shows just how disappointing Odell Beckham Jr. was in 2019 for the Browns
Throughout the regular season, it was well-documented how the pairing of Odell Beckham Jr. and the Cleveland Browns didn’t go according to plan in 2019. To illustrate how disappointing his lone season in Cleveland was, Pro Football Focus showed an interesting graphic.
2019: OBJ's only season outside the top 10 pic.twitter.com/nUKFl6CwRj
— PFF (@PFF) January 22, 2020
When the Browns were able to acquire Beckham, everyone assumed that he and Baker Mayfield would click immediately. Contrary to that belief, the Pro Bowl wide receiver never seemed to get acclimated in the offense.
In his first season with the Browns, Beckham corralled 74 receptions for 1,035 yards and four touchdowns. The 74 receptions and 1,035 yards were both career-lows for Beckham in seasons that he played in 12 or more games.
Part of the blame for Beckham being wildly ineffective was due to Freddie Kitchens. Kitchens became the head coach of the Browns in 2019 after serving as the offensive coordinator in 2018. But after one season as the head coach, Kitchens was ousted from the position after the season concluded.
Another reason that Beckham faltered was because of a core injury he suffered earlier in the season. The gifted wide receiver actually underwent surgery to help with the core injury earlier this week.
As a result of the injury, Beckham was constantly limited in practice during the season. Provided that, he and Mayfield didn’t get to work on their rapport as much as they would have liked.
There’s no doubt that Beckham is still one of the best wide receivers in the NFL despite his down-season in 2019. With a new regime heading into 2020, don’t be surprised if Beckham is one of the highest-graded wideouts for PFF in 2020 for the Browns.