Sean McVay on Odell Beckham Jr. making his Rams debut on Monday: “There’s a chance”

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The season-ending knee injury to Rams receiver Robert Woods has created a greater expectation that new Rams receiver Odell Beckham Jr. will play on Monday night in San Francisco. On Saturday, however, Rams coach Sean McVay didn’t commit to Beckham suiting up.

“There’s a chance,” McVay said. “We’re going to see. You can see he’s a really sharp guy. We haven’t practiced yet [Saturday], but [I] like the look in his eye and we’ll see how he’s feeling, and we’ll see what that looks like as far as how we are able to utilize him if he’s able to go on Monday.”

He’s apparently feeling pretty good; Beckham’s name didn’t appear on Saturday’s injury report, despite a shoulder injury that was bothering him for several games in Cleveland.

Obviously, if Beckham plays, he won’t know the entire playbook.

“I think you have to take a modified approach,” McVay said. “Certainly, like I mentioned yesterday, I think it does help that you have some guys that are on the field with him that have such great ownership there. In essence, extension as a coaching staff — you look at Matthew Stafford, you look at Cooper Kupp. I really see [Tyler] Higbee in a lot of the same light. I think the game makes sense to Odell. He’s got a great feel. He’s got good football IQ. But again, it’s hard for me to say anything until we really get out there and do some different things and watch him move around. So, I’m excited about the opportunity to see what that looks like.”

Beckham, for his part, defers to McVay.

“That’s up to Coach,” Beckham said on whether he’ll play. “Right now, I’m trying to find ways to learn the playbook as fast as possible. If there’s something he needs me to do, I’m always willing to do whatever it is. So again, I guess we’ll see come Monday.”

Beckham added that he’s taking things “minute by minute, hour by hour.”

“I’ve never been to a different team in the middle of a season,” he said. “Guys have been through training camp. You’ve bonded, you’ve come together as a team. It’s definitely a different feeling, but we’re all pros and I just have to be a pro in this situation and find ways to get acclimated and get the plays and everything down as fast as I can and do the best to help this team find ways to win.”

He said he feels a greater sense of urgency to get ready to play, given the injury to Woods. The urgency will subside after Monday night; the Rams have a bye in Week 11 before heading to Green Bay in Week 12.

8 responses to “Sean McVay on Odell Beckham Jr. making his Rams debut on Monday: “There’s a chance”

  1. McVayis being cagey so that the Niners have to prepare for Odell…even if he isn’t going to play.

    I’m looking forward to the game on Monday. Shanahan has owned McVay, wining the last 4 matchups. I think that things will be different this time around with Stafford at QB….and the Niners playing like garbage.

  2. Odell never bonded with the Browns. He’d just work out on his own and never developed chemistry with his QB. We’ll see how he does this time.

  3. OBJ wanted targets. OBJ wanted a big-armed QB. OBJ wanted to be a WR1 again. OBJ wanted to be on a winning team. With an offensive-oriented coach. OBJ wants all the attention to be on him.

    And his problems were always because of someone else.

    Well. He is going to get everything he wanted. No more excuses. Last chance.

  4. OBJ has being playing scared. Perhaps PTSD from the injuries, but whatever the reason he does not want to be out there and is a scared shell of the player he used to be.

  5. He doesn’t need to learn the playbook, he just needs to learn a few plays. Why wouldn’t you throw him a few slants and screens and get him involved?

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