Preseason wide receiver rankings have OBJ ranked anywhere from 10-12 entering 2020. That’s still really good, but it’s also an indication of how Beckham’s stock has sunk.
There was once a time it could be argued that he was the best wideout in the game. Top three, at least.
We all want Beckham to succeed, because it greatly benefits the Browns, but I’m still skeptical. OK, he was battling injuries a season ago and played in 16 games, but the facts are the facts–and those facts, which can be annoying at times, tell that it’s been three seasons since Beckham was truly an elite receiver.
Beckham recently defended himself by pointing out that he still had over 1,000 yards despite being injured, and while that’s all well and good, I evaluate him a different way.
If you watched the Browns offense last season, you can’t count on one hand the number of times Beckham truly was a game change.
He did it twice in Week 2 against the Jets, when he took a slant for pay dirt, and of course, there was that one-handed catch.
I’m sure there were more instances, but the only other thing that comes to mind is his fabulous catch in the finale against the Bengals.
To bottom line it: He had as many touchdowns (4) as Ricky Seals-Jones.
With this in mind, I’ll be looking for Beckham to make a difference, week in and week out. I think that’s fair because it’s going to be hard for him to compile 1,600 yards and 15 touchdowns. The Browns offense is loaded with weapons and the opportunities to put up those types of numbers just won’t be there.