Browns’ player John Johnson thinks Odell Beckham picked wrong with the Rams.
John Johnson III doesn’t believe that former Cleveland Browns teammate Odell Beckham picked the right team by signing with the Los Angeles Rams. Beckham, who passed through waivers on Tuesday, wasted very little time signing with the Rams on Thursday. The talk heading up to the signing news was that Beckham would wait until Monday to sign, but that obviously didn’t end up being the case.
Rumors were that Beckham was deciding between the Saints, Packers, and Rams; and all three teams made sense to some degree. Yet, the Rams were always the obvious pick to those paying attention. It’s where LeBron James is, and the two appear to be quite close. It’s also has a similar nightlife to New York, a city that Beckham not only became famous in but loved living in.
Despite some of the controversies that followed him during his time there. Yet, the Rams aren’t exactly clearing their playbook to accommodate Beckham, a problem that Johnson sees coming.
John Johnson thinks Odell Beckham will still not find what he’s looking for in LA
The Rams are not going to be Beckham’s team. Firstly, Aaron Donald is the obvious leader of the squad, but offensively the team has their ace. It’s not Matthew Stafford but in fact Cooper Kupp, the Rams star wideout, something that John Johnson pointed out during Thursday’s interview.
Kupp is chasing two season records this year; most receptions in a season (Michael Thomas) and most yards in a season (Calvin Johnson). He’s on his way to his first Pro Bowl, will likely be named to the All-Pro team, and can easily be considered one of, if not the best receiver in the NFL.
Not only that, but he’s the leading receiver on the Rams in targets. A stat that won’t change, regardless of Beckham.
This could be a problem because, despite the fact that Beckham still has a name, he doesn’t have the same history of production that he once did. Beckham was still the most targeted player in Cleveland despite his poor showing. Now that he’s going to a team with Kupp, that doesn’t appear to change anytime soon.
The Rams aren’t really known for their back-yard style of play, something Beckham apparently needs, and if Beckham goes to a third straight team and flames out, this will effectively end any conversation about him being a star. Beckham needs a big remainder of the season, but that may not be possible in L.A.