To nobody’s shock, huge receiver Odell Beckham Jr.’s absence considerably impacted Cleveland’s offensive recreation plan in opposition to the Kansas Metropolis Chiefs.
Beckham was deemed inactive a couple of quick hours earlier than kickoff, leaving the Browns with out a longtime receiver with game-breaking velocity. Rookie wideout Anthony Schwartz had a couple of spectacular performs down the sphere, however Beckham’s presence would have utterly modified the sport.
Cleveland solely put up 17 factors in opposition to Kansas Metropolis within the AFC Divisional Spherical final season, largely as a result of Beckham couldn’t play. They didn’t have one other participant who might assault the Chiefs vertically, so the Browns needed to resort to a extra conservative passing recreation plan.
The Browns added a couple of vertical presences over the offseason, they usually utterly modified the sport for the offense. The Chiefs needed to cowl all the subject, and in consequence, quarterback Baker Mayfield was capable of assault Kansas Metropolis at each stage of the sphere.
Beckham might have made a number of performs down the sphere that may have modified all the tone of the sport. For instance, Mayfield tried to seek out Schwartz downfield late within the fourth quarter for what would have been a vital third-down conversion. Schwartz was unable to haul it in, and whereas it was a tough play, it’s one which Beckham possible would have made.
Beckham’s method to his restoration has made sense to this point. He recovered from a torn ACL in simply eight quick months and lately participated in padded practices. Many anticipated Beckham to play as we speak, however he determined that the wisest choice could be to sit down out after warming up.
NFL Community’s Ian Rapoport gave followers perception into the choice to sit down out in opposition to Kansas Metropolis. In a submit revealed to his Twitter account, Rapoport mentioned:
“He got here out and warmed up. Coach Kevin Stefanski wanted at the least a set variety of performs so as to be ok with having him lively. Simply didn’t really feel fairly prepared, however must be prepared quickly. So shut however not but.”
The Browns want Beckham late within the season, and per week one contest won’t make or break their season. It’s unlucky that he was unable to take the sphere as we speak, however we obtained a glimpse into what his position will entail when he finally returns from damage.
Beckham has not spoken to the media since his damage in November of the 2020 season. His teammates have mentioned that Beckham may be very centered on the duty at hand and is itching to get again within the lineup.