Kendell Beckwith was drafted in the 3rd round of the 2017 NFL draft. He was poised to be a star for years to come. During his rookie season, he showed more than promise. He played in 16 games, starting in 11, recording 73 tackles, 2 pass defends, 1 forced fumble, and 1 sack. You really couldn’t ask much more from a rookie linebacker in a Mike Smith defense, especially one who had to end his college career early with an ACL tear. It wasn’t even certain that he would be able to play his rookie season.
In April of 2018, Beckwith was involved in a car accident. He was a passenger and not the driver. He injured his ankle, but was believed to be able to recover in time to play the 2018 season. He remained eligible to return, but he never recovered, missing the entire season.
Fast forward to 2019. Kendell Beckwith has been placed on the Non-Football Injury List ahead of training camp and it looks like he is facing another missed season. The fear is that he may not be able to recover at all.