Odell Beckham Jr’s Los Angeles Rams debut in Week 10 against the San Francisco 49ers was spoiled after the team was thoroughly outplayed in all three phases of the game.
Beckham mustered only two receptions for 18 yards on the evening and appeared on only 15 of 55 offensive snaps. Beckham was in on most of the passing downs in the first half but saw his snaps nearly evaporate as the Rams went no-huddle in order to play more up-tempo.
The receiver was thrust into action after the untimely news of Robert Woods’ ACL tear, so head coach Sean McVay made sure to praise Beckham for being ready on short notice and vowed to get him up to speed during the bye week, via Stu Jackson of TheRams.com:
“I think for Odell to even be able to get out there and line up is a real credit to him,” McVay said during a video conference with reporters Tuesday morning. “We didn’t even have one full speed practice with him. So, these next 12 days will be really important to get him implemented, get him up to speed, and figure out a plan of attack to maximize our offensive players, and to play better than the way that we have these last couple of weeks. That’s where my focus and concentration will be over the next few days.”
The bye week came at the perfect time for Los Angeles as they look to not only integrate Beckham but also Von Miller. The two veterans were considered the shot in the arm the Rams needed to get through their upcoming stretch of tough games after the bye and should be more prepared with additional time to rest and learn the playbook.
Beckham’s role in the offense will be completely different from Woods’, but he will still likely play a huge role in what is considered to be one of the NFL’s best offenses.