McVay expects bigger roles for catcher and linebacker, latest new acquisitions for an already brilliant roster
THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. – Coach Sean McVay expects wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. and outside linebacker Von Miller to play bigger roles when the Los Angeles Rams face the Green Bay Packers on Sunday.
“Much more, hopefully,” he emphasized McVay on Friday when asked if he expected to get more out of the veteran duo in their second game since joining the Rams, who have a record of 7-3 and come on a bye week.
The Rams they will need an aggressive approach against Aaron Rodgers and the Packers, 8-3, in Lambeau Field as they try to end a two-game losing streak.
Beckham agreed to a one-year, $ 1.25 million contract with the Rams four days before he dressed and played in the Week 10 31-10 loss to the San Francisco 49ers. The eighth-year pro caught two passes for 18 yards and was targeted on a third pass, but quarterback Matthew Stafford’s deep shot was intercepted when Beckham apparently broke the path.
“Odell is getting acquainted,” he said. McVay. “I want to say that to have played even in the game against the Niners is an incredible credit to him.”
The Rams They did not practice Thursday due to high winds at their training facility. McVay noted that more physical reps were added to Friday’s program to compensate and noted that this could help Beckham.
“It helps because he’s catching up mentally,” McVay explained. “It is not taken for granted how important those physical reps are and the relationship that he and Matthew continue to develop and because we will do a little more reps today, we will end up getting about the same amount we would in a normal week as well. That will be a good thing, but he has done it very well. “
Beckham, who is stopped below 30 passing yards in five of his last six games, said he spent the week off concentrating on the playbook and his physical condition, which suffered due to a lack of routine after his last game Oct. 31 with the Cleveland Browns.
“I’ve definitely felt like I haven’t been at that pace where I normally would have stayed on a regular schedule,” Beckham noted. “I try to go back to that and find my way back to where I know I can be.”
Stafford acknowledged that he has been impressed by what Beckham has been able to capture in his short time with the team.
“Nine times out of 10, he breaks the pack with a lot of confidence, knowing what he’s about to do, which is amazing for me as a quarterback to be able to do my job,” Stafford said.
Miller, who was acquired in a highly successful deal with the Denver Broncos before the trade deadline earlier this month, was inactive in his first week at The Angels as he continued to recover from a sprained ankle, the three-time All-Pro also debuted against the 49ers.
Miller played 45 plays and recorded two tackles, including one for a loss of yards.
“Von did a good job, he played a lot of plays,” he said. McVay. “I think he will be much healthier, much fresher coming off the break and giving his ankle a couple more days to keep progressing and take steps in the right direction without any setbacks these last few weeks.”
With the rest of the Rams coinciding with that of the Broncos, Miller said it came just in time,
“I feel pretty good, I feel a little more comfortable with the playbook, my ankle is much healthier. So the bye week was great.”
When asked to clarify how good her ankle felt, which was sprained in week 7, Miller commented that it was something she didn’t even think about.
“It’s not a factor. What we did was perfect of waiting a week, playing a week, and then having a week off. I just cleaned up a few things, so it’s not a factor and I don’t really think about it.”
In eight games this season, Miller has 4.5 sacks.