Cleveland Browns: It’s do or die for these 5 players in 2020

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Odell Beckham Jr.

Odell Beckham Jr. eclipsed the 1,000-yard receiving mark a season ago, but didn’t do so until the final game of the season. For as much as Kitchens tried to force the ball to the wideout, you’d think he’d have have hit the mark a lot earlier.

To bottom line it, Beckham had 1,035 yards and four touchdowns (as many as Ricky Seals-Jones). Obviously, not the output you want from your supposed elite receiver. That statement of course, begs the question: Is Beckham still elite?

It’s been a long time since Beckham made the one handed grab on Monday Night Football and three years since he’s recorded double-digit touchdown numbers. He battled injury in 2017 which limited him to four games, but since then, there was last year’s stats, and then 1,052 yards and six scores in his final year with the Giants.

We all expect Stefanski to help Mayfield, and in doing so, that should benefit OBJ. That doesn’t mean we should look for Beckham to set receiving records because Mayfield will probably throw a lot of targets to his tight ends. That said, as a supposed No. 1 wideout, Beckham should see his fair share of oppe the Brownsortunities.

He carries certain expectations into the season because he’s OBJ, but perhaps fans should look for two things when watching him in 2020: Does he make plays, and does he score?  The two go hand-in-hand. Aside from a couple plays against the Jets, and a spectacular catch against the Bengals in the season finale, I just don’t recall Beckham making a great impact.

If he fails to do so in 2020, then the rumors will probably become reality, and he’ll be shipped away. But if he does remind us of the player he used to be, I believe owner Jimmy Haslam will be happy to keep his star power on the roster.