3 Reasons the Las Vegas Raiders need to sign Odell Beckham Jr.
No. 3: Odell is still Odell
There is no question that Odell Beckham Jr.’s Cleveland tenure did not exactly go the way that he, or the Browns, would have hoped. In three seasons after being traded to the Browns from the New York Giants, Beckham Jr., tallied just 1,586 yards receiving and seven touchdowns.
For reference, he recorded 1,450 yards and 13 touchdowns in a single season while with New York.
Despite his mediocre output in Cleveland, though, Beckham Jr. is still very capable of being a top-five wide receiver in the NFL. In his first season with the Browns, he managed to surpass 1,000 receiving yards, even while dealing with a core injury that would later require surgery.
In the following two seasons, he was plagued by injury, as he tore his ACL in 2020 and has been dealing with a shoulder issue this season. He has been even more plagued, though, by what can only be explained as evidently being invisible to Baker Mayfield.
Earlier this week, Odell’s father, Odell Beckham Sr., released a video on social media, containing an entire eleven minutes of Beckham Jr., consistently getting open and beating his matchup, only to not be thrown the ball by Mayfield.
While an odd decision to publicly post such a video, the evidence was pretty damning for Mayfield. Beckham Jr. is open.
Like, wide open.
Odell is still a star and one of the best route runners in the NFL. He can still create elite-level separation, and it is very unlikely Derek Carr would ignore him running wide open the way that Mayfield has. The Raiders need to sign the star WR if they get the chance for a very simple reason. He is still Odell Beckham Jr.