Browns: Why Odell Beckham Jr. should no longer be considered elite

Browns, Odell Beckham Jr.
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OBJ Is Constantly Injured

It’s always tough to judge player performances when injuries are a factor. But when deciding if a player is elite or not, it’s hard to say someone is elite if they can’t stay on the field.

Now give Beckham Jr. credit – more often that not, he is playing through his injuries. There’s no denying the toughness he has. But in 2017, he missed the season opener with a high ankle sprain, played the next two games, then fractured that same ankle and was done for the season.

In 2018, he suffered a quad bruise in Week 12 and missed the last four games of the season. In 2019, he played 15 out of the 16 games, but every single week, he was on the injury report.

Watching him play, Beckham Jr. just doesn’t have the same speed because of these injuries, particularly during his time with the Browns. Similar to a Todd Gurley situation, OBJ was so dominant in his early years, but injuries have slowly taken a toll on his abilities as a playmaker.


  1. Yeah like above commentor said BS. your last point wasnt a point at all. I never wanted OBJ but he has not been the distraction here as he has been with the Giants. In fact a few occasions like Mayfield they even were a tad humble compared to last years freddie kitchens we’ll win it all. So yeah. Also everyone seems to forget Freddie mest up all these guys before the season started. I remember ppl saying a ton of guys were dropping like flys being injured due to his crazy long over the top practices. Give him this year and next years bumbersand revisit this. Someone can be elite still while having down injured years in between. I do believe he still possesses greatness and again I wasnt for this guy one bit but he’s settled down the major headaches so I’ll show my respect back by giving him time.

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