Odell Beckham Jr. isn’t being conservative about his goals for his first year with the Cleveland Browns, but he’s also open that some lingering issues from injuries are going to take constant work for him to stay on the field.
The star wide receiver, who landed in Cleveland from the New York Giants in the offseason via a blockbuster trade, revealed what he’s looking to do this season in a recent interview with ESPN’s Josina Anderson.
Statistically, Beckham makes no secret that he’s trying to rack up record numbers with the Browns — even saying during a recent GQ interview that he’s targeting Jerry Rice’s all-time receiving numbers — but he also shared the shocking injury concerns with Anderson.
“While OBJ told me he is feeling really good coming into this year — and I want to emphasis he said he was feeling really good — he also told me this quote which I thought was interesting,” Anderson said, before reading off the quote. “‘Getting through this year is something I’m going to have to work on every day because my left leg is doing all the work compared to my right. That’s why I’ve had all those injuries on the right side.”‘
Beckham has only played in 16 games once in his five-year career. He suffered a hamstring ailment his rookie season, a fractured ankle two seasons ago that required surgery and a quad injury last season that Anderson revealed was a tear, not a bruise, which was previously reported.
Anderson goes on to say that OBJ does not believe people understand the severity of the injuries he has suffered and that the compensation issues in his legs go all the way back to his high school playing days where she says he suffered a fractured back.
“Odell told me his goal coming into training camp is obviously to get better with the team, but from his body standpoint, to focus on achieving more balance with his lower body and to attain an equilibrium,” Anderson said.
Odell Beckham Seeks Record-Setting Year with Browns
OBJ told Anderson he wants to reach 100 receptions, 2,000 yards and 20 touchdowns this season catching balls from Baker Mayfield. Anderson mentioned that Beckham has those numbers tattooed on his wrist.
All those stats would be career-highs, other than catches. Beckham had 101 grabs during his Pro Bowl campaign of 2016.
During his five seasons with the Giants, Beckham hauled in 390 passes for 5,476 yards and 44 touchdowns in 59 games. He has made the Pro Bowl three-times but has dealt with injuries the past two seasons that have kept him out a combined 16 games.
Beckham’s best season was in 2015 when he caught 96 balls for 1,450 yards and 13 touchdowns.
Odell Beckham Excited to Get to Work at Training Camp
Beckham wasted little time wooing his new fans in Cleveland. He made two highlight-reel grabs that revved up the training camp crowd on Thursday.
“I’m blessed. God gifted me with some gifts,” Beckham said. “If it is put in the right spot, to me nothing feels like a hard catch. The harder catches are the easiest ones to be honest with you. A lot of receivers would say the same. The easy catches, you really have to focus on. I’m just happy to be out there and playing football. This the game that I love.”
Beckham praised the fans for showing him some love during the opening practice, saying he could “feel it.”
“I’m a real empath so I can feel the hunger and the want to win from these fans and that’s something we want to showcase and give to them,” he said.