Cleveland Browns’ Jarvis Landry says Odell Beckham Jr. is ‘even better’ coming off torn ACL

EASTLAKE, Ohio — Odell Beckham Jr. ran a post path, made one of his signature one-handed catches and Jarvis Landry right away understood his friend and fellow Cleveland Browns pass receiver appeared like himself once again.

“He’s in fantastic shape, and he’s ready to go,” Landry stated Saturday prior to his star softball video game at Classic Park. “He’s already doing some things that will blow your mind.”

Landry had his mind blown this previous week throughout on-field exercises with Beckham and other Browns colleagues in quarterback Baker Mayfield’s home town of Austin, Texas.

Beckham’s emphasize catch was considerable in Landry’s eyes since Beckham suffered a season-ending split anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee Oct. 25 versus the Cincinnati Bengals and went through surgical treatment Nov. 10.

“He ran a post path, sticking off the very same hurt leg and taking off out of it, then increasing, leaping off that very same leg and making a catch, doing his thing — what he does with one hand,” Landry said.

“You relax and you resemble, ‘Wait. He’s even much better than he was in 2015.’ So it’s going to be remarkable to view as time [goes on] and the additional he avoids surgical treatment just how much better he’s going to get.”

The Browns have been optimistic about Beckham’s comeback all offseason, and they’ll get a closer look at him Tuesday through Thursday during mandatory minicamp at club headquarters in Berea, Ohio. The team with fresh Super Bowl aspirations will open the regular season Sept. 12 against the defending AFC champion Kansas City Chiefs, and all signs point to Beckham being part of the action.

“I don’t expect nothing less from Odell,” Landry said. “That’s his character, and that’s who he is. He’s a guy who’s always going to train hard and be prepared.”

Mayfield hosted Landry, Beckham, receiver Rashard Higgins, tight end David Njoku and other players for a passing camp while the Browns conducted their final round of voluntary organized team activity practices.

Nearly the entire starting offense skipped all three weeks of OTAs. It was the result of NFL Players Association president and Browns starting center JC Tretter encouraging players to exercise their rights to not attend the voluntary OTAs a year after missed-time injuries and concussions were reduced on the heels of the COVID-19 pandemic wiping out the traditional offseason workout program.

“We talked [as a team], and a lot of guys have felt really comfortable being away from the facility and feeling that they could still get their proper amount of work that when they come back to the facility that they’ll be ready,” Landry said. “And we made that decision, and we got together throughout the offseason, and I don’t think there’s nothing wrong with that.”

Landry and Mayfield were among the Browns players who gathered for training sessions in late April at House of Athlete in Weston, Florida.

This time, Beckham joined the party.

“He looked remarkable,” Landry said.

Mayfield hosted teammates in Austin last spring, too, but Beckham and Landry didn’t make the trip because they were rehabilitating elsewhere after undergoing offseason surgeries.

Landry called the most recent work with Mayfield “extremely effective.” Landry said the players who attended the sessions still attended the virtual meetings with Browns coached that had begun April 19.

“It was absolutely efficient and absolutely much-needed,” Landry stated.

This short article initially appeared on Akron Beacon Journal: Browns’ Odell Beckham Jr. ‘even much better’ after torn ACL, colleague states

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