How will the Rams use OBJ? Let me count the ways
The LA Rams offense has been both inspired and lackluster at times this year. But the fact is that the team has not added a true new offensive weapon since the team traded for Matthew Stafford and signed wide receiver DeSean Jackson. While limited in his usage, there is no denying that the Rams found success thanks to Jackson’s ability to blow the back off defenses.
And unfortunately, there is no denying that the Rams most recent loss to the Tennessee Titans occurred, in part, with their ability to keep everything in front of them in the passing game. So how can the arrival of Odell Beckham Jr. fix that?
Odell Beckham Jr. can restore that deep threat to the Rams offense, and add a bit more. He was a rookie sensation when he broke into the NFL in 2014. But after arriving at the Cleveland Browns, all of his numbers began to decline. He stepped out of New York City to Cleveland, Ohio. That is quite a culture shock, and clearly, OBJ did not anticipate the impact such a move would make on his production. Now, can the move to LA restore the magic to his career?
Option I: Straight up WR
The simplest answer is often the best one. During his run with the New York Giants, Odell Beckham Jr. was a perennial 1000+ yard receiver. The only year he failed to do so? He played just 4 games and still managed 302 yards and three touchdowns. Of course, he had Eli Manning throwing to him.
The LA Rams have just turned the corner on their season, and are no doubt eager to get their Week 11 Bye Week. But that will also allow the Rams to install OBJ into some of their offensive plays, and perhaps even make use of what he does in designing new plays. He was a fairly sure-handed receiver for the Giants. Now the Rams will need him to reclaim that sure-handedness for the remainder of 2021.