Let’s be trustworthy, the one motive any reporters are writing about Odell Beckham Jr. is due to title recognition. If one other receiver in his ninth season had an analogous resume and was languishing unsigned whereas recovering from a torn ACL, no one would care. Houston Texans’ huge receiver Brandin Cooks would possibly as effectively be teamless, too, however his commerce calls for went unheeded, and I wager you didn’t even know he requested to be moved.
Cooks was taken in the identical draft as Beckham in 2014, and although I wager a big portion of fantasy soccer gamers might guess who has extra profession yards and receptions, the notion of Beckham has remained as outsized as his character.
The then-Rams’ receiver was damage within the Tremendous Bowl on Feb. 13, lower than 9 months in the past, and he turns 30 in a number of days. But he’s going to return like Adrian Peterson and assist a contender make a push for the playoffs?
He simply received a championship in L.A., and it doesn’t seem that he’s getting after it like LeBron James battling Father Time.
From what my sources advised me — which is mainly one in all my buddies texting me he bumped into Beckham on the Aura Membership at Atlantis within the Bahamas a few weeks again, whereas he was attending a marriage, and OBJ was I assume rehabbing his cube hand — the free agent receiver hasn’t been sequestered in a health club and solely centered on getting his knee again to one hundred pc.
It’d be one thing if it was a night out in the city that he resides in, but a quick trip to the Caribbean doesn’t scream, “I want my job back!” There was a report that OBJ is concentrating on mid-November for his return to the sector — and on an unrelated observe, I’m aiming to be married to Christina Hendricks by mid-January.
Former Alabama receiver and present Detroit Lions rookie Jameson Williams suffered the identical harm as OBJ within the School Soccer Playoff ultimate a month earlier than the turf monster caught Beckham, and final week Dan Campbell mentioned the 21-year-old remains to be a month away from seeing the sector. That conservatively units his return for Week 12, aka Thanksgiving week.
So let’s fake the 2 are on the identical timeline regardless of one participant being 9 years youthful than the opposite. In principle, that may put Beckham on tempo to return round Christmas, which is Week 16.
I’m unsure how Beckham would assist the Giants or 49ers or Chiefs or Payments or any variety of the groups that he’s been linked with, provided that it takes time to implement a brand new huge receiver, and we do not know how a lot burst he has left to be a viable deep risk that scares defenses.
Von Miller is the one teammate I’ve heard attest to the standard of OBJ’s character, and he nonetheless ensures his former Rams teammate might be a Invoice. That mentioned, I discover it close to not possible to imagine a man who as soon as proposed to a kicking internet goes to be delighted as Buffalo’s, what, third or fourth possibility?
Whereas I perceive that everyone loves Brian Daboll, his huge receiver room has been tumultuous to place it evenly. Kenny Golladay has two catches on the season and has been squarely within the new Big coach’s doghouse — or within the trainers’ room. Darius Slayton’s 232 yards lead all ability gamers. The crew has three receivers with a TD catch this season on the roster, and solely two of them are energetic.
Do you assume Beckham goes to see that and be cool ceding snaps to Richie James, Wan’Dale Robinson, and David Sills? (Should you do, I’ve obtained some Blake Griffin inventory to promote you.)
San Francisco is likely one of the most bodily and various squads within the league, with receivers, tight ends, and operating backs requested to run, catch, and block. He’ll instantly be the reply to which one of many ability guys isn’t just like the others.
Kadarius Toney is now in Kansas Metropolis, and the Chiefs obtained secure chemistry in place that isn’t damaged. The crew’s offense is also rounding into type, and something they get out of their new toy might be home cash.
Jerry Jones is dumb sufficient to not know when to cease tinkering, in order that’s a chance, however in all probability yet one more made-for-headlines than something of value on the sector.
I get it. He’s widespread, which is why I wrote this submit. Nevertheless, these tales are merely for clicks, and NFL followers wishing their GM would take an opportunity on OBJ like he’s going to be a significant contributor are delusional.
If you wish to catch a glimpse of Beckham this season, you’ll have higher luck within the Bahamas.