The Los Angeles Rams have had a sluggish start to the 2022–23 season despite winning the Super Bowl the previous season. They are currently sitting at 3-6 and in fourth place in the NFC West, led by Matthew Stafford.
Many thought that this club, led by Stafford, Cooper Kupp, Aaron Donald, and Sean McVay, would quickly return to the conversation for a title. But regrettably, it hasn’t happened. The Rams’ season has been wrecked by injuries, poor performance, the departure of key playmakers, and what seems to be a full-blown Super Bowl hangover.
Now, to make matters worse, Kupp, who was perhaps the Rams’ most crucial player, has left the team. The leader in receiving yards, receiving touchdowns, and receivers from the previous season has a severe ankle sprain and has been placed on injured reserve.
His contributions to this Rams offence will be immediately missed. Through nine games this season, Cooper Kupp is seventh in receiving yards (812 yards) and touchdowns (six) and second in receptions (75).
The Ram’s offence is once again led by Kupp, and the other pass catchers have struggled to match his level of production. In Ram’s offence, Allen Robinson is still becoming comfortable. This season, he has only made 29 receptions for 292 receiving yards and two touchdowns.
As he recovers from off-season knee surgery, Van Jefferson is gradually reentering the offence. In Week 10, when he recorded three receptions for 27 yards and a touchdown, he had his largest impact of the season.
The Rams’ second-year wide receiver Ben Skowronek has displayed signs of being a dependable option at various points this season. He has 245 receiving yards from 26 receptions.
But the Rams may need to bring in a recognisable name to their offence if they want to turn around their season. In Cooper Kupp’s absence, Odell Beckham Jr. might be just what they need to keep afloat.
Beckham tore his ACL as the Rams won the Super Bowl. It looks like he intends to sign with a team soon after spending time practising to go back on the field. It might be advantageous for both parties to meet up again in Los Angeles. After Cooper Kupp’s injury, OBJ is the Rams’ last hope for two reasons.
2. He knows the Ram’s offence
Odell Beckham Jr. saw a career revival after being traded to the Rams in the middle of the 2021 season. Beckham played for the Browns for two and a half seasons. He appeared to be a different player during that period than he had been with the New York Giants.
He had 114 receptions for 1,586 receiving yards and seven scores in 29 games with the Browns. On eight carries, he added 96 rushing yards and one touchdown.
In 2021, things with the Browns hit an all-time low. Beckham only had 17 grabs for 232 receiving yards in six games. Beckham, however, started to seem like the athlete he once was once the Rams brought him to Los Angeles. He has 27 receptions for 305 receiving yards and five touchdowns in his eight regular-season appearances.
Beckham was a major contributor to the Rams’ trip to the Super Bowl. He had 21 receptions for 288 receiving yards and two scores in four postseason games. This includes the Super Bowl’s opening touchdown.
The Rams will need to either look within the organisation or free agents to assist this group after the trade deadline passed. Beckham himself is the player who makes the most sense. He has shown he is still capable of producing, and he is familiar with the group.
1. Beckham has something to prove
Many people are asking what Beckham has left in the tank at the age of 30, having recently recovered from an ACL tear. But he seems determined to demonstrate that he is still capable of performing well.
Beckham, who will be entering his eighth season, has a distinguished résumé. Over the course of 96 games, the former LSU Tiger has 531 receptions for 7,367 receiving yards and 56 receiving touchdowns. He has also played in three Pro Bowls and was once named the offensive rookie of the year.
Given that he is still capable of playing at a high level, he might aid in the development of a great offensive. He is a more than capable receiver option with the ability to make big plays. The Rams won’t have a wide receiver who can spread the field without Kupp. Beckham could take over right away and play that part for them.
Kupp might also come back in time to aid this club if the Rams can set themselves up to return to the playoffs. Allen Robinson, Odell Beckham Jr., and Cooper Kupp might form a potential wide receiver triumvirate that could elevate this offence when it counts.