Four weeks ago, Odell Beckham Jr. referred to the 1,000 yards mark as the baseline for his season.
In the fourth quarter of the final game of the year, the Cleveland Browns wide receiver reached that baseline.
Entering the Browns' Week 17 contest with the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday, Beckham laid claim to 954 receiving yards, leaving him 46 yards short of the 1,000-yard mark. With his second reception of the game -- a 25-yard haul with 14:16 remaining in the contest -- the 3-time Pro Bowl receiver hit his baseline, tallying 1,000 yards for the fifth time in his six-year career.
While Beckham briefly came off the field after hitting the 1,000-yard mark, he later returned to end the drive with an impressive 20-yard touchdown catch to cut the Bengals' lead to 30-23.
Currently sitting at 3 receptions for 81 yards and a touchdown against the Bengals, Beckham's stat line for the season now sits at 74 receptions, 1,035 yards and 4 touchdowns. But given the underwhelming nature of his first season in Cleveland, perhaps it shouldn't come as a surprise that the 2014 NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year downplayed the significance of tallying 1,000 receiving yards when discussing his stat line earlier this month.
“I’m going to get 1,000 yards, and this is a bad year,” Beckham said on Dec. 5. ”It takes 62 yards a game to get 1,000 in 16 games. That’s nothing. As far as touchdowns and other stats, I don’t see that so much happening. And right now, that’s really not what’s important."