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Rams want second big helping for Odell Beckham Jr., Von Miller

Thousand Oaks – Sometimes it takes a few games to make an immediate impact.

Wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr., signed as a free agent two weeks earlier, and outside linebacker Von Miller, who had been acquired in a trade more than three weeks earlier, made their Rams debut on November 15, losing to the San Francisco 49ers. did.

Now, having taken advantage of the team’s bye week to gain momentum both mentally and physically, Beckham and Miller will be able to contribute more on Sunday when the Rams (7-3) face the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field. 8-3) would be. ,

“Much more, hopefully,” coach Sean McVay said on Friday.

At Santa Clara, Beckham caught two passes for 18 yards, and was the intended receiver on a long Matthew Stafford pass that was intercepted while playing on 27% of the Rams’ offensive snap.

Beckham then had a full day’s practice, and the Rams’ coaches had two days to adjust the aerial game plan after wide receiver Robert Woods suffered a knee injury at the end of the season.

McVay hinted on Friday that the three-time pro bowler could play wide receiver along with the punt on Sunday.

Beckham, 29, who said he is “at peace” after a “rough month” climaxing with his agreement to be released by the Cleveland Browns, said he is ready for whatever the Rams need. Huh.

“I’ve always been there for my team,” Beckham said. “Whatever the media captures, or outside opinions about who I am, never bothered me, because I know who I really am.

“So I’m ready to do whatever I want to do to win. If they need me to make a punt return, I’ll do it.”

The Rams didn’t try to teach Beckham the entire playbook at once, and he received cues from Stafford and receivers Cooper Kupp and Van Jefferson on the field.

“Nine times out of 10, he breaks down the barrier with a full sliver of confidence, knowing what he’s supposed to do, which is awesome for me as a quarterback,” Stafford said. “I’ve been really impressed by what he’s come to understand so far.”

Miller, 33, was ruled out of the Rams’ loss to the Tennessee Titans while recovering from an ankle injury and played 66% snaps against the 49ers and made two tackles, one for the loss.

He said that he has a problem with his back ankle.

“I’m feeling great,” said Miller, who played a 70%-90% snap with the Broncos. “I’m a little more comfortable with the Playbook.

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“What we did was perfect. Waiting a week, playing a week, and then goodbye after a week. (ankle) is really a non-factor.”

Defensive coordinator Raheem Morris said Wednesday that this week’s practice will allow Miller to be more involved in planning a pass rush that will pair the NFL’s active sacks leader with defensive tackles Aaron Donald and edge rushers Leonard Floyd. .

“I’m excited to be with him,” Morris said. “He brings us a lot of energy, a lot of juice. Man, he will do nothing but help us. And I hope it is this week.”

(no) winds of change

The Rams went through more physical reps in the exercises on Friday after reducing their practice to walk-through exercises due to heavy wind at Thousand Oaks on Thursday.

As for whenever the wind blows, McVay was asked how much pressure there is to get the team to a practice facility with an indoor arena.

“It will give you more flexibility, but on the positive, it’s not something we’re not used to dealing with in the fifth year (in L.A.),” McVay said. “We’ve become comfortable dealing with those situations.”

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