Second torn ACL for Beckham, who already looked noticeably slower than he used to. This one could finish off his career. Likely inadvertent good news for Kupp, solidifying his go-to position that much more.
NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports Odell Beckham tore his ACL in the Super Bowl against the Bengals. OBJ writhed in pain after a non-contact injury just before halftime in the Rams' Super Bowl win. The free-agent-to-be had caught two of his three targets for 52 yards and a first quarter touchdown, creating separation at will and out-muscling Bengals defenders. The injury -- his second torn ACL in two years -- is a devastating blow for Beckham, whose resurgence as a pass-catching force in the LA offense was a bright spot of the 2021 NFL season. He'll likely settle for a short-term deal with a good offensive team where he might serve as the WR2 or WR3. Kansas City has rumored interest in Beckham.
The Rams signed Allen Robinson, who is a very solid possession receiver, or at least was until last season but that can be attributed in part to the mess that was the Bears under The Rodent.
Robert Woods is coming back from a blown out knee and like Robinson isn't a speed burner. So I'm hoping this means Cooper Kupp will be used more on the outside than before. He's a great piece who can be moved anywhere and effortlessly get open. Robinson shouldn't hurt Kupp's value.
Ben wasn't quite ready for prime time as a rookie. Hopefully he sticks as the fourth receiver and shows enough in '22 to justify becoming the third receiver in '23. And there's no way of knowing when Woods will be close to one hundred percent coming off a serious knee injury.
Hopefully Ben Skowronek can take advantage. It would be great to see the best team in the league giving lots of playing time to two White receivers, reminiscent of the Patriots of not so long ago (who even had three White receivers on the field at times):
Coach Sean McVay announced Van Jefferson will undergo knee surgery this week and is uncertain for Week 1 against the Bills. The Rams host Buffalo to open the 2022 season in 38 days, and Jefferson will be up against the clock to be ready after a specialist advised a clean-up procedure. We assume it's some sort of scope for Jefferson, which is typically a 4-6 weeks recovery. On Monday, McVay again mentioned free agent Odell Beckham's name, though he wouldn't be an option to help the Rams while Jefferson is out, as OBJ likely won't play before November due to ACL rehab. Ben Skowronek, Tutu Atwell, Jacob Harris, and others will be in the mix for third wideout duties behind Cooper Kupp and Allen Robinson.
Depth charts early in training camp often aren't very meaningful so take this with a grain of salt. But it does show that Skowronek is in serious contention for some action this season, maybe a lot of action if Van Jefferson doesn't get healthy.
Skowronek was listed as one of the Rams' three starting receivers on the first unofficial depth chart released Wednesday, Cameron DaSilva of USA Today reports. With Van Jefferson (knee) uncertain to be ready for Week 1, Skowronek will be first in line to join Cooper Kupp and Allen Robinson in three-receiver sets. Skowronek has some competition for the No. 3 role, however, with 2021 second-round pick Tutu Atwell, Brandon Powell and Jacob Harris representing his top challengers.
Ben Skowronek should get a fair amount of work as the Rams' third receiver during Thursday's kickoff game against the Bills if Jefferson is out.
Van Jefferson (knee) didn't practice Monday.
It's tough to envision Jefferson playing this Thursday night against the Bills after he missed all of camp and the preseason and is now on a short week. OC Liam Coen talked up Ben Skowronek's blocking and ball-tracking on Monday, comparing him to Robert Woods. Skowronek, Tutu Atwell, and possibly even Lance McCutcheon would help fill the Rams' WR3 void if Jefferson sits.
Good news for Ben Skowronek. Also, Sean McVay has signed a contract extension through 2026. There were rumors after the Super Bowl that McVay was going to retire and move to the broadcast booth.
CBS' Josina Anderson reports Van Jefferson (knee) is expected to miss multiple games.
Jefferson had already been ruled out for Thursday night's opener against the Bills. The 10 days between now and Week 2's matchup with the Falcons apparently won't be enough time to get right. Jefferson's loss leaves the Rams extremely thin behind Cooper Kupp and Allen Robinson, though that is a problem most teams would take. Ben Skowronek and Tutu Atwell are the next men up.