The Cleveland Browns are coming off their best season in nearly three decades: an 11-win 2020 campaign that included shelling the rival Steelers in Pittsburgh in the Wild Card Round. After an offseason in which Cleveland completely overhauled its defense, the Browns are viewed as one of the leading threats to the Kansas City Chiefs' recent dominance in the AFC.
But if the Browns are going to realize their considerable potential, live up to the hype and take a run at repping the AFC in Los Angeles at Super Bowl LVI, the team needs its biggest X-factor to step up in a big way.
Cleveland needs a big year out of Odell Beckham Jr.
When last we saw the veteran wideout, Beckham was hobbling off the field at Paul Brown Stadium in Cincinnati last October with what wound up being a season-ending ACL tear. But after spending some time working out with Beckham and Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield in Texas, teammate Jarvis Landry said that OBJ looks ready to blow up in 2021.
"Man, he looked amazing," Landry told reporters, via ESPN. "I can't wait for you guys to see him. I can't wait for him to get back out there. He's in fantastic shape and he's ready to go. He's only what, six-and-a-half months [beyond surgery], and he's already doing some things that will blow your mind away."
Landry went on to say that Beckham looked even better than before the injury.