Odell Beckham Jr. signs with Rams: How former Browns receiver fits within L.A.’s offense

Odell Beckham Jr. is heading to Los Angeles. The three-time Pro Bowl receiver has signed a one-year deal with the Rams, who are all-in on the 2021 season. 

Beckham joins a Rams team that also includes recently acquired Von Miller and quarterback Matthew Stafford, who was acquired from the Lions in a blockbuster preseason deal. The Rams’ lineup also includes three-time NFL Defensive Player of the Year Aaron Donald, perennial Pro Bowl cornerback Jalen Ramsey and receivers Cooper Kupp and Robert Woods. At 7-2, the Rams are in the hunt to receive one of the top seeds in the NFC playoffs. 

The 29-year-old Beckham is looking to revive his career after a disappointing two-plus seasons with the Cleveland Browns. For whatever reason, Beckham never found his footing with Baker Mayfield, who performed better when Beckham was out of the lineup. Beckham’s lack of production with Mayfield makes it hard to figure out exactly what kind of the player the Rams are getting in Beckham. 

Fortunately for the Rams, they don’t need Beckham to come in and lead the team in receptions. Los Angeles has the NFL’s leading receiver in Kupp, who has already put up a season’s worth of production in just nine games. Kupp, who already has 74 catches for 1,019 yards and 10 touchdowns, is on pace to break Calvin Johnson’s single-season receiving yardage record. The addition of Beckham will only open things up more for Kupp and the rest of the Rams’ receiving corps that includes Woods, second-year wideout Van Jefferson and tight end Tyler Higbee. Another formidable receiver will also open things up for running back Darrell Henderson, who has performed well in relief of Cam Akers.

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At a minimum, Beckham could fill the void the Rams…

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