Los Angeles Rams receiver Odell Beckham Jr. had a big splash on the L.A. scene in his Wild Card round of the playoffs performance. Beckham, not only caught a backward pass, but he also threw a 40-yard bomb to Rams running back Cam Akers who caught the ball down the sideline.
“He could have led me a little bit,” a grinning Akers said. “Nah, I’m playing.”
“He made the throw right-handed,” quarterback Matthew Stafford pointed out. “He could probably do it left, too. He’s a freak.”
“That play was dope!” cornerback Jalen Ramsey chimed in. “It was a play that brought a lot of energy in the whole stadium.”
Beckham signed to the Rams on a one-year deal, a $1.25 million free-agent deal late in November. He was released by the Cleveland Browns after Beckham’s father exposed Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield on social media. However, it seems Beckham has found rediscovered joy and love for the game of football.
Odell Beckham’s entertaining antics
While many may disagree, he brings a “must watch” type of vibe to the game of football. He’s so explosive and such a playmaker that any given play can be turned into a highlight or memorable moment forever. He literally wore a watch during a game, Joker cleats that he was forced to change out of or the NFL wouldn’t allow the game to continue past halftime. Not to mention in 2019, when Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow played for the LSU Tigers and delivered them a national championship. Beckham met LSU players in the locker room and handed out wads of cash to players. Then, he later was banned for two years.
With all this being said, this is the past of Beckham Jr. He’s shown in the right environment, he can be productive and less troublesome on and off the field.
“It’s just great to just be having fun,” Beckham said. “I think we often forget, there’s business, there’s politics, there’s all of this in this game. But these are big kids at heart who love football and just being able to go out and lay it all on the line in defeat and victory.”
How the Los Angeles Rams allow Beckham to revive his career
The Rams faced the San Francisco 49ers this Sunday at SoFi Stadium. Many Rams fans are concerned, due to the fact, in their last six encounters, the 49ers have found ways to win the ballgame. This was Beckham’s first conference championship game in his career. In a season, where it seemed an eight-year career would decline. Beckham has prevailed and had an opportunity to compete for a Super Bowl. Not only is his career alive, but it’s thriving.
“Odell has done an incredible job coming in here and learning as much as he has in such a short amount of time,” said Cooper Kupp, the NFL’s top receiver this season and the fourth-ever player to earn the league’s triple crown as its leader in receptions (145), receiving yards (1,947) and receiving touchdowns (16). “He’s a huge asset to our receiver room, so we’re really happy to have him.”
.@obj with the dagger! 👀
— Los Angeles Rams (@RamsNFL) December 5, 2021
Taking control of his own narrative
Although many perceive Beckham as a diva, he’s found ways this year to prove critics wrong. In just eight regular-season games he’s caught 27 passes for 305 yards and only five touchdowns. He’s added ten catches for 123 and a touchdown throughout the playoffs. All while being a key contributor and second option receiver on the ranked number five offensive in the NFL.
“The world needs to place their finger on something to feel comfortable with what it is and whenever it comes to me. They want to label me as this selfish, this, diva, blah, blah, blah. All of the things that are said, as I told you, mean absolutely nothing to me,” Beckham said. “I chose to come here because I [saw] a great opportunity and knowing that I’d be able to play great football — not come in here thinking I’m going to be the No. 1 receiver.
“The whole perception of me, it’s no offense to anybody, but I don’t really care because I just know who I am. And I know what kind of teammate I am, what kind of person I am.”
“Having him as a teammate is great, honestly. He’s like the offensive version of myself,” Ramsey said. “He’s very talented, has a whole lot of skill set, but just his competitive nature, his will to and want to be great and then, he’s kind of misunderstood, too. Beckham’s really a good teammate and people kind of don’t have that message out about him.”
“He’s a great teammate,” Stafford said. “He’s done a great job for us so far. His ability to pick up what we’re asking him to pick up is really impressive.”