Rams wanted help for their receiving group and Odell Beckham Jr. is a player they wanted years ago
When he became available for trade in 2018, wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. was at the top of the list of players the Los Angeles Rams wanted to acquire.; When they finally got it on Thursday, Beckham had become the player they needed.
This need was evident in two ways: Rams wanted help for their hit catcher group and needed to continue their relentless obsession with winning Super Bowl LVI at their stadium. on February 13, 2022.
Definitely, Beckham is the latest big name Rams have added to a star-studded galaxy of players on a loaded roster.. In case it wasn’t clear yet, the Rams are keen to win the Lombardi trophy this season, adding Beckham eight days after trading for pass-rusher Von Miller.
But this move isn’t just about collecting another former Pro Bowler capable of moving “Rams Royal” and “Bone” jerseys in the team store.Although the Rams don’t mind adding more star power in a Hollywood market that yearns for it. It was about finding a receiver who can help a group of painfully thin receivers, who have been hit by injuries, and a premature divorce from the veteran. DeSean Jackson.
As it is, The only healthy wide receivers on the list are starters Cooper Kupp and Robert Woods, as well as third choice Van Jefferson.. In recent weeks, the Rams released Jackson after he became uncomfortable with a diminished role and lost rookies Tutu Atwell and Jacob Harris to season-ending injuries. Earlier this week, an exemption claim to bring back released catcher Josh Reynolds came up short.
Starting Thursday morning, the only depths behind Kupp, Woods and Jefferson were Ben Skowronek and JJ Koski, a pair of first-year receivers who combine three catches for 30 yards..
As it happened, Beckham was the best option available to lean, Super Bowl-hungry Rams. Plus, the fact that the Cleveland Browns will continue to pay Beckham means he could easily fit into the salary cap on a one-year deal, and an attractive destination like Los Angeles, where Beckham spends a lot of time.
This season, Rams have three or more receivers on the field 86% of the time, more than any other team in the league. And if that wasn’t enough, the Rams are also left empty – five pass receivers and no running backs on the field – on 19% of those plays, also the highest in the NFL.
Where does Beckham fit in? Ideally for the Rams, in a modified version of the role the Rams envisioned for Jackson. While Beckham’s overall production has dropped in recent years, he still has the ability to dig deep. His average goal depth this season was 13.79 yards, while the only Rams player with an average goal depth greater than 9.0 yards is Jefferson (12.91), according to ESPN Stats & Information research. .