The Arizona Cardinals don’t want to see Los Angeles Rams fans after their last meeting.
However, as the old saying goes, “keep your friends close, but your enemies closer”. As the summer in the NFL reaches its slowest point, it’s time that we get to know how the Arizona Cardinals division rivals are doing.
I connected with our Site Expert over at Ramblin’ Fan, Bret Stuter, who runs our sister site that covers the Los Angeles Rams. We both asked each other five questions that we thought each other’s respective fanbases would like to know.
So without any further hesitation, let’s jump right into the first question that Arizona Cardinals fans want to know about the Los Angeles Rams.
Question #1: What are the chances of Odell Beckham returning to a starting role in the Rams’ offense? Who is going to replace him if he doesn’t?
Stuter: “The LA Rams have wanted to re-sign WR Odell Beckham Jr. all along. From all available information, Odell Beckham Jr. wants to come back. But the problem is that he suffered a horrifically timed ACL injury in Super Bowl LVI. All 32 NFL teams would benefit from signing a healthy OBJ.
The challenge is, how soon will Odell Beckham Jr. be medically cleared to play football? Due to the recent changes to the NFL roster rules regarding the Injured Reserve list, teams are once again limited in the number of players who can be reinstated to the roster from Injured Reserve.
That and the limits to roster spots will likely combine to force teams to sign him when he is able to practice once again. If the LA Rams do re-sign him, he will undoubtedly find himself in a similar situation as 2021.
He will need to relearn the 2022 offensive playbook, reestablish chemistry with QB Matthew Stafford, and produce through the remaining part of the season.
In the meantime, the LA Rams have signed WR Allen Robinson, who is very much a similarly styled receiver. Both have huge upsides, play a physical style of wide receiver, and win contested catches. Odell Beckham Jr. joined the Rams in November 2021.
With any luck, the Rams will already find Robinson to be a very competent receiver by that point of the season this year.