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OBJ is enjoying his new lease on life with the Los Angeles Rams

After a heavily publicized and more over controversial departure from the Cleveland Browns, the iconic receiver is finding his feet in LA.

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Odell Beckham Jr. con los Rams
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After an initial 'shortage' of touchdowns in his account, Odell Beckham Jr. is back with a bang.

Is OBJ back on track?

Across eight years in the NFL, Odell Beckham Jr. has won himself both fans and critics alike. In recent times the receiver has got himself a new lease on life with a move to the Los Angeles Rams. While he has had a slow start to life with many wondering whether or not they would see his best again, the seasoned WR caught four touchdown passes over a five-game stretch for the Rams. With that, OBJ has once again put himself in the spotlight and that is of course, without mentioning the fact that the Rams themselves are proving themselves to be quite the handful this season.

"It's been great," Beckham said surge in numbers. "Over the last couple of years, I've felt deprived. I've definitely missed the end zone for sure, and it just hasn't been as easy and seamless as it could and should be. I'm someone who I feel like I should score once or twice every single game, I feel like I can get 100 yards every single game." Regardless of the debate, Beckham's one-year $1.25 million contract - signed in November - would suggest that he's worth it. In the six games that he has played in L.A., Beckham is averaging 41.3 receiving yards per game and has caught four TD passes, including his first scoring reception since October 4th 2020. "I'm just happy that I'm at a place that I'm having fun within myself," Beckham said. "Just having fun playing football again."

OBJ is late to the party, but that's OK!

Head coach Sean McVay was very clear in his take on Beckham's presence saying he was "a joy to be around." Indeed, McVay added that "He's got a great charisma, great presence, he's an incredibly talented football player and then I can attest to this now, he's a great teammate," he said. "He really cares about these guys, he's been incredibly selfless, he's made plays when he's had the opportunity." It is of course interesting to note the way in which Beckham has taken to his new challenge. Surely accustomed to the limelight having been the center of attention during five seasons with the New York Giants and the almost three with the Browns, Beckham has had to start from scratch with the Rams.

The star receiver was transparent about where he was at, as he acknowledged the fact that he knew he was in for a challenge having joined a team that had a receiver - Cooper Kupp - who was having his best season ever. Kupp - it should be said is closing in on 2,000 receiving yards and may well take the "triple crown," which is to say closing the season as leader in catches, receiving yards and receiving touchdowns. "Man, I find it funny, all the talks that ever been said about me being a me guy. People are going to say whatever, but just have no idea," Beckham said. "And when I chose to come here, I'm knowing that Coops on pace to break a record, I didn't come here thinking, 'Oh I got to get my targets.' That's just not being me - yeah I want the ball, I'm a competitor, but like I said, I came late to the party.

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"It's just funny, all the backlash that I get about the type of person that I am and this and that and I think you just see me in an atmosphere where success is around and like I said, these people are on pace for history. I want to watch them break, I told him I want him to get 2K yards so I can come and break your record, that's how it happens, records are meant to be broken and like I said, I think we're just witnessing very, very special."

OBJ and the Rams a perfect marriage?

At present the Rams are sitting on an impressive record of 11-4. Having claimed a spot in the playoffs, there major focus is now on taking the NFC West title. That journey begins with the Baltimore Ravens (8-7) on Sunday and then its on to the Arizona Cardinals (10-5) and finally the Dallas Cowboys who have clinched the NFC East and also have an 11-4 record at the moment. Beckham, will undoubtedly be relishing an appearance in the playoffs as he has not done so since 2016 when he played with the Giants. "I came late to the party," he said. "But still have celebrated like I've been here for the whole time, so it's definitely a special opportunity, not just to win the division but to go for it all. This is the only reason that you put in these hours of work in the off season to dedicate and sacrifice our lives for this is for these moments."

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