Odell Beckham Jr. recently signed with the Los Angeles Rams after being cut by the Cleveland Browns. While the Patriots were among the frontrunners to sign the talented wide receiver, who is in a bit of a career slump, the Rams swooped in to add him to an already-stacked offense.
That sucks. The Pats could have really used a guy like OBJ.
It’s Not All Mac
Mac Jones has been solid overall, especially for a rookie. One of his main critiques, however, is how conservative he’s been. He’s averaging 10.5 yards per completion, good for 25th in the NFL. While he’s still been an effective QB overall, you’d like to see the Alabama product push the ball down the field a little more.
Odell Beckham Jr. could have helped in that department.
Mac Jones will probably never be a gunslinger, but he also doesn’t have the kind of weapons that would tempt him to let one rip from time to time. Jakobi Meyers, Kendrick Bourne, and Hunter Henry are all fine players. But if those are your top three options in the passing game, you’re in trouble. That’s who Mac Jones has been throwing the ball to this season.
He ain’t as good as he once was, but…
Odell is older than many realize (just turned 29). He’s also dealt with his fair share of injuries that may have robbed him of a step. Is he still explosive, though? Can he still take it to the house every time he touches the ball? The answer to both of those questions is probably yes.
OBJ has looked electric when he’s been given a chance in Cleveland. And as his dad showed all of us on Instagram, the Browns offense did not always maximize his abilities. Be it Baker Mayfield’s decision-making, the Browns’ offensive play-calling, or something in the locker room, Odell and the Browns were like oil and water.
You can bet the Pats would have tailored certain parts of their offense around what would have been their most talented player. At the minimum, Beckham could have given them a downfield threat that kept the defense honest, thus improving the running game and opening up the short and intermediate routes. Something.
Alas, the Patriots are in the thick of a playoff race and Odell Beckham Jr. is a Ram. We’ll see if the current set of skill position players will be enough for this offense.