Play me or else!
Oh, how that rings so familiar. It was the statement that eventually led to the LA Rams having an uncomfortable conversation with speedy wide receiver DeSean Jackson. The team and player agreed to pursue a trade. When the efforts to find a suitable trade partner had failed to uncover any potential suitors? The Rams outright released Jackson, giving him the opportunity to find a more suitable fit for his desire to play more.
Meanwhile, in another NFL city, on another team, a similar scenario was playing out. The Cleveland Browns are finding it difficult to get the football to WR Odell Beckham Jr. (OBJ). In six games this season Beckham has 17 catches on 34 targets for 232 yards and two carries for 14 yards. He has not scored a touchdown.
Starting to sound familiar? Not yet? Let’s move on, then.
OBJ severs relationship with Browns, Browns likely to sever ties with OBJ
OBJ’s father posted a video that showed a wide-open Beckham who was not being thrown to. While the video may have been well-intended, it was a clear ‘crossing the line,’ action that has resulted in a firestorm that is playing out today.
For example, OBJ was told not to show up to practice today. After a team meeting, Cleveland Browns’ head coach Kevin Stefanski has told players that Odell Beckham Jr. is “essentially not on the team right now,” per NFL Analyst Mike Silver.
Surely this sounds familiar now, right? You know, ‘locker room cancer’. An ‘incredibly selfish player’. A player who sees more ‘me’ than ‘team’? And yet, social media is going viral over the likelihood that Odell Beckham Jr. could be looking to sign on with the Rams after his release. Is that release likely? Per Yahoo Sports senior writer Charles Robinson, it’s the most likely outcome right now.
Already, LeBron James is recruiting the wide receiver. Some believe it will happen.
Isn’t it ironic, doncha think?
Will the fact that OBJ’s good friend, LeBron James, influence the decision of the NFL veteran to lobby for a role with the LA Rams?
Dez Bryant weighs in too.
Now it is that phrase that may lead the LA Rams to catch another falling star in the NFL. Isn’t it ironic, doncha think? A little too ironic? Yeah, I really do think.
The team had just parted ways with a veteran receiver who was productive when used but wanted a larger role in the offense. How funny that those same commenters who felt that DeSean Jackson was good riddance are now the same persons in social media demanding that the LA Rams sign up Odell Beckham Jr. at the moment that he becomes available.
I’m okay with the Rams adding the 5-foot-11 198-pound veteran Pro Bowler. The guy is in his eighth NFL season and certainly has the potential to be a significant player on the right roster. He can fly down the field, running a 4.43-second 40-yard dash. He can also stretch the football field, having caught a 75+ yard pass four of eight seasons so far. And I think that he has more 1000-yard seasons left in him. Perhaps even this year.
But make no mistake. If you didn’t like DeSean Jackson’s ‘tude, then you won’t like OBJ’s. The circumstances are virtually identical. Both players are accomplished veteran wide receivers who want the ball. If you didn’t like DeSean Jackson wanting the football, don’t kid yourself. You won’t enjoy the drama that Odell Beckham Jr. will bring to the LA Rams.
But if you get it. If you understand that it’s all part of the package deal from a highly productive receiver, then you will understand it could all be worth it. Odell Beckham Jr. catching passes from Matthew Stafford is absolutely worth the risk.
Can LA Rams catch another falling star in Odell Beckham Jr?
Make a wish.