Coming off the bye week, the Los Angeles Rams coaching staff had a few extra days to game plan Odell Beckham Jr.’s role in the offense going forward. With Robert Woods lost for the season, Beckham will have to fill the void in his absence — getting the opportunity he wasn’t envisioning with the Cleveland Browns.
Beckham had a limited package of plays for him in his Rams debut, recording just two catches for 18 yards on three targets in 15 snaps. What does head coach Sean McVay have in store for his new receiver going forward?
He’s still working on that.
“I think that’s a work in progress,” McVay said Tuesday on designed packages for Beckham. “There’s some moving parts to that. What I didn’t want to do is immerse him in some information and then you end up adjusting and changing. So, I think you want to be able to foundationally build it the right way, formations, all those kinds of things, and then you do need to be specific with the way that we implement the game plan.”
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Beckham has just 19 catches for 250 yards in seven games this year, accounting for zero touchdowns. The 13.2-yards-per-catch average is the lowest of his career when Beckham has played more than four games in a season, which McVay hopes to improve in the coming weeks — along with knowing the plays at the line of scrimmage instead of getting them in the huddle.
Having more than a few days with the Rams will help heading into Sunday’s showdown with the Green Bay Packers.
“I know he was doing some stuff behind the scenes. But he’s a smart, conscientious guy,” McVay said. “I think the goal for us is making sure that we get a plan in alignment that provides clarity for all of our players, in particular Odell, just because he is new to the system.
“But, there’s a lot of similarities in terms of the verbiage and the vernacular that they were utilizing in Cleveland. And so that will help and it’ll force us to be even that much more air tight with our game plan, which I think is a good, positive thing for us as coaches as well.”