Van Jefferson Or Odell Beckham Jr
Will Van Jefferson Or Odell Beckham Jr. Make a Late-Season Move?
The Los Angeles Rams lost a big piece of their wide receiver arsenal when Van Jefferson was placed on injured reserve. The Rams have some in-house options to fill in the void. It is also possible the team could make a late-season move for Beckham. But, if that happens, it would likely cost them some good draft picks.
The Rams are going to need more help out wide if they hope to get to the Super Bowl in 2022. They have the potential to be in the hunt for the division title, but it would be a bit difficult to contend without a dominant star receiver.
The Rams have a few in-house candidates to fill in the void, as well as some other options on the free agent market. While Van Jefferson may not be the ideal opener, he can fill in the void for now. It is possible that Jefferson will start the season back in the role he was in last year, but it will take some time. He has proven to be a great receiver for the Rams, and he will fly under the radar again this season.
The Rams drafted Jefferson in the 2020 NFL Draft. He is still recovering from a knee injury that he suffered in July. However, the Rams believe he will be healthy after his bye. They expect Jefferson to return to the field after the bye, and he should be a part of the offense after that. He has the ability to play in special situations, and he can fill in as insurance in case a starter is hurt.
Jefferson also has experience playing in the playoffs. He played in the Divisional Round of the playoffs in 2021. He caught 21 passes for 288 yards. His longest catch this year went for 23 yards.
Jefferson has played in 40 games for his career. He has totaled 1,202 yards and 10 touchdowns. His averages have risen to 2.1 catches per game and 30.1 yards per contest. He opens up a lot of intermediate routes and is a good stretch-out player. He also has a 79-yard long reception.
It is possible the Rams might decide to promote Jacob Harris from the practice squad to the active roster, and he should be a good addition to the team’s passing offense. He can also catch the ball, and he is a former second-round draft pick. He might be able to fill in for a few games until Jefferson is back.
The Rams are also expected to sign running back Kyren Williams, who was drafted this year. He is also a solid catch-and-run player, and he had a solid performance in the Super Bowl.
In the end, the Rams should use their wide receivers as a way to stretch the field, and Van Jefferson can do that. His presence helps Stafford get another deep target. He has the potential to take a major role in the Rams’ 2022 Super Bowl run.