Odell Beckham Jr. could boost Jaguars chances of making the playoffs

Los Angeles Rams wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. during Super Bowl LVI at SoFi Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports
Los Angeles Rams wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. during Super Bowl LVI at SoFi Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports /

Calvin Ridley could give the Jacksonville Jaguars’ the bonafide No. 1 receiver their offense is sorely missing. However, he’s currently serving a one-year suspension for betting on football games and won’t be able to contribute until 2023, so if the Jags want immediate help at wide receiver, they should consider signing Odell Beckham Jr., who will be cleared to play after spending the last few months recovering from a torn ACL last February.

Jordan Schultz of theScore reports that the market for Beckham’s services is heating up and he will be weighing his options. Pro Football Focus put together a list of contenders that could pursue the former LSU Tiger and Jacksonville wasn’t included. However, the Jags should give his agent a call and see what it will take to sign him.

Beckham will have no shortage of suitors and he will be in a position to choose whatever he thinks the best fit is. While the Jaguars might have a hard time signing him, general manager Trent Baalke needs to consider making an aggressive effort to land him.

When healthy, Beckham is one of the best wide receivers in the league. After being waived by the Cleveland Browns last year, he went on to sign with the Los Angeles Rams and hauled in 48 receptions for 593 yards with seven touchdowns in 12 games, including the regular season and the postseason. Unfortunately, he tore his ACL in Super Bowl 56.

A first-round pick by the New York Giants in 2014, Beckham has caught 531 passes for 7,367 yards with 89 touchdowns. Although he hasn’t been as productive in recent years as he was early in his career he’s still got plenty of gas left, which is why there he won’t have a shortage of suitors.

Odell Beckham Jr. could help the Jaguars make a playoff push

The Jaguars are currently 3-6 and their chances of making the playoffs don’t look particularly encouraging. But the door isn’t closed yet and signing Beckham would certainly help.

Of course, Jacksonville would need to stop shooting themselves in the foot and play the way they did when they beat the Los Angeles Chargers and the Indianapolis Colts to have a legitimate shot to qualify for the postseason but Beckham could form a dynamic receiving duo alongside Christian Kirk and take their offense to the next level.

The Jags could’ve claimed Beckham off of waivers last season but it didn’t make much sense at the time since they had no direction and he wouldn’t have made a difference one way or another. This year though, he could be the one piece that could make their offense go from good to great.

It won’t be easy to land Beckham due to the number of suitors he will have but the Jaguars must do themselves a favor and give it a shot.

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