EASTLAKE, Ohio — Odell Beckham Jr.’s knee looks fine for football. His softball swing still requires get the job done.
The Browns vast receiver, who suffered a time-ending knee injuries past year, took part Saturday in teammate Jarvis Landry’s charity softball occasion, which drew 7,000 supporters and included Cleveland stars Myles Garrett and Baker Mayfield as properly as Kansas City Chiefs All-Pro restricted conclude Travis Kelce.
Beckham struggled in the dwelling run hitting contest, popping up several pitches and fully lacking a several, but Landry noted that his speedy teammate appeared thoroughly recovered when they labored out together this earlier 7 days in Austin, Texas.
“Guy, he looked astounding,” Landry informed reporters. “I are not able to hold out for you guys to see him. I won’t be able to hold out for him to get back again out there. He is in great form and he is ready to go. He’s only what, 6½ months [beyond surgery], and he’s currently accomplishing some issues that will blow your head away.”
The Browns are counting on Beckham as they search to develop off a playoff appearance and postseason earn previous season. Beckham missed out on the enjoyment just after suffering a torn ideal anterior cruciate ligament in the opening minutes of Cleveland’s Oct. 25 game in Cincinnati.
Beckham underwent operation a several months later on and was unable to lead as the Browns ended their prolonged playoff drought, then conquer rival Pittsburgh in the wild-card game.
He has been periodically putting up films on social media of his rehab progress, and Landry is not amazed his superior buddy seems to be ahead of schedule.
“I really don’t be expecting very little a lot less from Odell,” Landry mentioned. “That’s his character and that is who he is. He’s a guy who’s always heading to train tough and be ready.”
For the duration of the exercises in Texas, which had been hosted by Mayfield, Beckham showed Landry he is where by he demands to be.
“He ran a submit route, sticking off the identical injured leg and exploding out of it, then going up, leaping off that similar leg and building a capture, performing his factor — what he does with a single hand,” Landry claimed. “You sit back and you are like, ‘Wait. He is even superior than he was very last year.'”
Beckham is predicted to be at necessary minicamp this 7 days with the Browns.
Kelce, a proud Clevelander, showed adore to his hometown by carrying an Indians jersey and cap. He wasn’t taking any possibilities.
“I am at residence, but it really is however enemy territory,” Kelce reported. “It is so bizarre. It truly is a bizarre feeling.”
He has viewed the Browns improve their roster about the previous handful of months. And even though he is not prepared to simply call them a rival, he’s witnessed more than enough to consider them a danger.
“I would say they are definitely a contender, with out a question,” he said. “It is really definitely there. Baker and the gang have upped the ante, created this team an unbelievable crew and a crew you have to put together for and choose critical. I think that moving forward without a doubt I can see a ton a lot more playoff game titles concerning us.
“I consider the Browns and Chiefs are certainly neck and neck for certain.”
The Affiliated Press contributed to this report.