Odell Beckham Jr. is foreseeing one of his best NFL seasons, the Cleveland Browns star insisting “this is my time”.
Beckham struggled in his first season in Cleveland after joining the Browns in a blockbuster trade with the New York Giants.
The three-time Pro Bowler and wide receiver, who played through injury before undergoing core muscle surgery in January, caught 74 passes for 1,035 yards and four touchdowns as the Browns missed the playoffs amid high expectations.
As Beckham rehabilitates, the 27-year-old is predicting big things in 2020, saying via his YouTube channel: “Right now what I’m trying to do is hit the reset button.
“Being able to just get everything fixed. Shoulder, arms, back, everything aligned, functional, moving properly, so, I can begin training to be ready for the season.
“I would honestly say this is probably going to be one of my best seasons. Bigger, stronger, faster — this is my time.”
Reflecting on the injury, Beckham added: “So last year I was training in June and July and I was kind of just feeling stuff around the groin area, abs and stuff like that.
“My third week of training camp, I tear a little piece of my ab. So before the season, I kind of had the hernia thing going on. Sports hernia is what they call it. End up at the end of the season, torn abductor, torn rectus abdominis on the right.
“So pretty much, I was just f***** up the whole year, I really didn’t try and say anything about it. Probably one of the worst surgeries I’ve ever had. Recovery’s going well. Guess I’m really just trying to put my body back together. I’ve been playing for 23 years, so for me, I’m trying to put it all back together in seven months.”
Beckham’s arrival stamped the Browns as an expected contender in the AFC and a team poised to end a then 16-year playoff absence, the longest active streak in the NFL.
But the Browns failed to live up to the hype last season, slumping to a 6-10 record and leading to the departure of head coach Freddie Kitchens – who was eventually replaced by Kevin Stefanski.
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