Odell Beckham Jr. is still predicting big things for himself in 2020.
“I would honestly say this is probably going to be one of my best seasons,” the Browns receiver said Monday in a four-minute video posted to his YouTube channel. “Bigger, stronger, faster. This is my time.”
The coronavirus pandemic has many people cursing 2020, but Beckham hasn’t backed off his belief this will be the year his career returns to form.
“This is going to be the best me in 2020,” he said after the season finale in December.
The purpose of the video was to provide an update on his rehabilitation following core muscle surgery in January. Beckham, 27, played through the injury all last season — his first with the Browns following a trade from the Giants — finishing with 74 catches for 1,035 yards and four touchdowns.
He said he originally felt discomfort in his groin area in June or July, then tore a little piece of his abdominal muscle in the third week of training camp in August. The surgery revealed a torn adductor and a torn rectus abdominis.
“Probably one of the worst surgeries I ever had,” he said in the video. “Recovery’s going well. Guess I’m really 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.”
The video is filled with montages, some in slow motion, of Beckham working out in an outside gym, including lifting a metal workout station over his head as he walks. There’s also a clip of him dancing in a pool with waterfalls.
“Basically trying to build up resiliency, more strength,” he said. “Honestly I’ve never been injured until I snapped my ankle (in 2017). And then from then on I had already had a bunch of compensation injuries that the body naturally (develops) over years.
“So right now what I’m trying to do is basically a reset button. Being able to get everything fixed — shoulder, arms, back, everything aligned, functional, moving properly — so I can begin training to get ready for the season.”
The NFL plans to release the season schedule by the end of the week, including the normal September start. Everything is tentative given the pandemic — the teams’ offseason programs are being held virtually — but training camp would begin in late July.
Assuming the season is played, the Browns also expect a bounce-back season from Beckham, who went to the Pro Bowl with the Giants in his first three seasons but hasn’t been back since 2016. The Browns have consistently shot down trade rumors involving Beckham, stressing his importance to the team.
“We’ve been clear from the beginning that we view Odell as a fantastic player,” general manager Andrew Berry said last week on NFL Network. “We’re a better team with him on the field. We see him as a long-term member of the organization. We really like how he’s acclimated and adjusted with the new staff.”