As Odell Beckham Jr. leaped into the air and snagged a ball in front of two defenders like an alligator going after its pray, the crowd on hand in Berea for Cleveland Browns training camp erupted.
Not like Browns fans needed it, but that play on the first day of camp was a reminder of what Beckham brings to the table as an elite wide receiver with freakish athletic ability.
During his five seasons with the Giants, Beckham hauled in 390 passes for 5,476 yards and 44 touchdowns in 59 games. He has made the Pro Bowl three-times and has motivation to catch Jerry Rice on the all-time receiving yards list.
For the most part, what OBJ brings to the table on the field has never been questioned.
But what Beckham detractors will point to as the wide receiver’s biggest flaw is the assertion that he’s a locker room “cancer.” Those statements stem from Beckham’s antics, which have included openly criticizing his quarterback, fighting with a kicking netand generally showing an unrestrained amount of passion when it comes to the game of football.
Despite never facing any real trouble away from the field in his NFL career that would threaten a suspension under the league’s personal conduct policy, Beckham has long been looked at as a bad boy, even being labeled as a bad teammate.