Odell Beckham Jr. joined the Rams halfway through last season and immediately made an impact. He helped replace Robert Woods, who tore his ACL the day after Beckham landed at the Rams. And in the playoffs, he was a playmaker against Cooper Kupp.
Jalen Ramsey saw it first hand, showed up in practice every day against Beckham and watched him play on Sundays – all the way to the Super Bowl. Ramsey has always been a fan of Beckham’s game, but after playing in the same team as him last year, he has even more respect for Odell.
During an interview on “The Pivot Podcast,” Ramsey was asked to list his top five receivers in the NFL. He drew Davante Adams, Tyreek Hill and Deebo Samuel for first, then followed them up with Beckham at no. 4 and Kupp and Stefon Diggs tied for fifth.
“I definitely got Cooper Kupp (at four). Five can also be a small tie. I’m going to Odell. Actually, I’m going to celebrate Odell. And I’m going to Cooper Kupp, Stefon Diggs.
Beckham is still a free agent, mainly because he tore his ACL in the Super Bowl and is now expected to miss about half of the 2022 season. The Rams want him back and hope to sign him again, but the receiver seems to weigh his options.
Ramsey would like Beckham to be back in Los Angeles and explain how much he meant to the offense after being signed in November.
“He meant a lot to the team. He meant a lot, “he said. “When you talk about performance, we are in a performance-based industry, he is a dog. He really is the guy – all the highlights – he still is. If you are a receiver, you need to have some chemistry with your quarterback and offensive coordinator. This should be the right situation for you, especially when you are on the attacking side of the ball. He’s had it for a long time, but he’s still he, for sure. … There are not so many who are athletic, who run winding, good routes, hands, he really is that one. He brought that juice. In the play-off rounds, we got the ball early on. Oh really was that igniter. ”
Ramsey shares the belief of many others that Beckham would have been Super Bowl MVP if not for his knee injury. He already had two passes for 52 yards and a touchdown and came out on top in the first half with a huge performance.
“In the Super Bowl, O was really the igniter. … If O could have continued that game, O would probably have been Super Bowl MVP, ”Ramsey continued. ‘And it does not take anything away from Cooper, but Oh really lived that way. He was on another level. And then he knows he’s going to be a free agent too, all that. It’s like dong, man. I hated it for him, but everything happens for a reason. And that’s why we can hopefully get him back. ”
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The Rams have already added Allen Robinson this offseason, but they have also swapped Robert Woods so there is still room for Beckham on the depth map. After seeing the spark he provided to the Rams offense last season, they will be happy to have him on the team next season as well.