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The Los Angeles Rams are preparing to defend their Super Bowl title. Will one of the team’s sparks in the second half of 2021 be on the list this season?
Back in February at the SoFi Stadium, the Los Angeles Rams gathered to beat the Cincinnati Bengals 23-20 in the Super Bowl LVI. Two of the team’s additions in the late season played crucial roles in the win. Edge-rusher Von Miller, obtained via trade from the Denver Broncos, had two sacks in the win. And wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr., who was picked up after the Cleveland Browns released him, scored the game’s first touchdown via a 17-yard pass from Matthew Stafford.
Miller is now a member of the Buffalo Bills. Beckham remains an unsigned free agent primarily due to the fact that he was injured after his 35-yard reception in the Super Bowl. But there is little doubt that the reigning NFL champions would like to see him return to the club.
“Oh, of course. I really want Odell back on our team,” head coach Sean McVay said recently Rich Iron Show (via Coral Smith from NFL.com). “He’s a guy who in a short time was able to develop a very special relationship. I thought he brought a big spark to our team. I thought he played really well … I will without a doubt get Odell back That is the goal and to continue working towards a solution where he re-signs with the Rams. “
In the last eight games of the regular season, Beckham was targeted 48 times and pulled 27 passes to 305 yards and five goals. But he was even more crucial during the Rams’ four-game postseason run. He saw 37 throws on his way and got a total of 25 receptions at 316 yards, scoring one touchdown apiece in the wild card win over the Cardinals and the Super Bowl win over the Bengals.
“He really is an amazing teammate who made so many effective games,” added the Super Bowl LVI champion head coach. “It was a shame to see him go down in that game, but man, he certainly still made an impact with the two catches he had.”
Along with Super Bowl LVI MVP Cooper Kupp and new Van Jefferson, the team added veteran Allen Robinson of the free agency from the Chicago Bears. It’s an impressive trio. And a healthy Beckham could make this a good neighborhood.