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Stafford confident Beckham will contribute to Super Bowl-chasing Rams

By Sports Desk November 11, 2021

Los Angeles Rams quarterback Matthew Stafford is confident Odell Beckham Jr. will contribute to the Super Bowl-chasing franchise as he hailed the star wide receiver.

Beckham agreed a deal with the Rams on Thursday after clearing waivers following his release from the Cleveland Browns.

The Green Bay Packers, Kansas City Chiefs, New Orleans Saints, New England Patriots and Seattle Seahawks were also reportedly interested in the free agent.

Now in Los Angeles, where the Rams are 7-2 and second in the NFC West, Stafford praised the three-time NFL Pro Bowler.

"It's an opportunity for us as a team, it's an opportunity for him to come in here and prove himself to us," Stafford told reporters.

"What our room is about in the receiver room is pretty special. I know he'll fit right in and continue to get better and hopefully help us as a team."

Beckham was sidelined with a torn anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) in 2020 and has made 17 catches for 232 yards and zero touchdowns in six games this season. 

The 29-year-old was traded to the Browns by the New York Giants in 2019, where he topped 1,000 yards in four of his five seasons. The year he failed to hit that mark he spent most of the campaign out with an ankle injury. 

Julio Jones (103.8) and Antonio Brown (100.6) were the only wide receivers to average more yards per game than Beckham (92.8) between 2014 and 2018.

Stafford added: "Everybody on our team carves out their role. They do a great job of figuring out what that role is going to be and going out there and proving it both on the practice field and in games, and given the opportunities I know he'll do the same."

Rams wide receiver Robert Woods said: "We're all working for the same goal. His thing is, I feel like, why he left -- he wanted to be a part of it and contribute, and I think just coming into this offense, he wants to work and contribute.

"We're all working toward the same goal: winning, grinding. I don't think it should be anything disruptive.''

The high-flying Rams face the San Francisco 49ers on Monday.

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