Browns player Odell Beckham Jr. hasn’t proven to be a Top 100 player in a while.
CBS came out with a list of the top 100 players in the NFL following the 2020 season. On that list was one of the Browns‘ very own players, Odell Beckham Jr. Beckham, who has been injury-plagued for most of his career, hasn’t had a stellar season in going on five years. He’s had just two 1,000 yard seasons in the last four, and when healthy appears to have lost a step or two. Yet, CBS’s very own Pete Prisco seems to believe that’s the case.
Beckham hasn’t had the same play-making abilities that he showed early in his career, a career that has largely been maligned due to injuries. It’s a career that has seen a drastic downturn, with once being a vaunted player many would want, with members of the Cleveland media even debating whether or not the Browns should retain him heading into 2021.
His salary makes him a player that the team may be willing to move on from, especially if his injuries persist. Yet, to put him on the list and not someone like a current All-Pro in Jack Conklin is downright perplexing. Why does a receiver, who’s fallen so far from in four years, not get on the list but a man who’s been an All-Pro in the most recent year of evaluation is excluded?
Odell Beckham Jr. has much to prove in 2021.
It’s very possible that Odell Beckham does in fact have a big year in 2021. Anything is possible, fans of Willis McGahee or Garrison Hearst will be able to vouch for the ability to rebound after injury. The odds are there, the likelihood just isn’t.
By the sound of it, there are many who believe that Beckham will rebound due to him looking good so far in the off-season. Yet years of lower leg injuries have taken a toll, and it’s unlikely he hasn’t suffered some regression because of it.
That doesn’t mean he can’t still be an efficient, heck, even a spectacular receiver, but to put him on a list over Jack Conklin is a bit silly. Beckham may end up being the Comeback Player of the Year, and that’d be awesome. Until he does prove that, however, he’s just not someone you can keep saying is a Top 100 player in the league when he hasn’t shown that level of game-changing abilities in years.
What he did in 2015 was six years ago, and it’s time to expect players to earn their positions on these types of lists.