On November 5, 2021, the Cleveland Browns announced that they were releasing star receiver Odell Beckham Jr. The Los Angeles Rams signed Beckham to a one-year deal on November 11, and Beckham was a major component in the Rams’ Super Bowl run. After some early miscommunications, Beckham fit like a glove in Sean McVay’s offense, and with Matthew Stafford as his quarterback. Beckham caught 48 passes on 70 targets for 593 yards and seven touchdowns from Week 10 of the 2021 season through Super Bowl LVI.
His 17-yard touchdown pass in the Super Bowl was conclusive proof of his explosive potential. Beckham took cornerback Mike Hilton to the end zone with 6:26 left in the first qarter, and Hilton had no shot.
However, Beckham left that game in the second quarter with a torn ACL, and we haven’t seen him in a uniform since. Now a free agent, a healthier Beckham is considering interest from several contending teams with receiver deficits, and he’s about ready to make up his mind.
Per Tom Pelissero and Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network, Beckham will visit the New York Giants and the Dallas Cowboys after Thanksgiving to see how deep their interest is.
According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the teams said to be most in the mix are the Cowboys, Giants, Kansas City Chiefs, Buffalo Bills and San Francisco 49ers. All playoff contenders, and most with a real need for more explosive plays in the passing game.
Assuming that Beckham comes back as the player he was before the ACL injury, here’s what he has to offer to the winner of this particular sweepstakes.
(All advanced metrics courtesy of Sports Info Solutions unless otherwise indicated).
Beating zone coverage.
(Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports)
Beckham is able to use his route acumen, cutting quickness, and downfield speed to make life very difficult for defenses playing him in zone coverage. Last season, both with the Browns and the Rams, Beckham had 34 catches on 61 targets against Cover-2, Cover-2, Cover-4, and Cover-6 for 516…
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Author : Bills Wire
Publish date : 2022-11-21 13:55:18
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