Aaron Rodgers’ Packers were considered a favorite to sign Odell Beckham Jr. after he removed the waivers following his release from the Browns until the Rams swooped in and added the two-time All-Pro.
Beckham made his Los Angeles debut on Monday night football and caught a pair of passes for 18 yards in the team’s surprising 31-10 loss to the 49ers.
Rodgers led the Packers to a 17-0 victory over the Seahawks on their return from COVID-19. On Tuesday, he made his weekly appearance on The Pat McAfee Show and confirmed that he was in contact with Beckham last week. He regards the Rams’ newest catcher as a friend and thought Green Bay had a good chance at it, but respects his decision to go West.
“We’ve been friends for a long time and we kept in touch and met him at some events and, you know, we sent messages of encouragement during the seasons over the years,” Rodgers said. “When he was released, there were definitely talks. And I was, you know, in the conversation with him directly. And then obviously I’ve been friends with him. So I didn’t need anyone else to get me on the phone. I could contact him directly. “
Rodgers, who has reportedly struggled with the Packers’ lack of aggressiveness in pursuit of offensive weapons in recent years, said he appreciated the team participating in the Beckham draft.
“But there were also conversations with the organization and I appreciated the fact that we were in the mix. It all comes down to fitting in, ultimately, and what is the best fit for him, “Rodgers said.” We had some really good and honest conversations. I’m excited for him in Los Angeles. I thought there were definitely some things that were lined up, you know, for him to come to Green Bay. But in the end, he took a while to decide where he wanted to be and it turned out to be LA. “
Rodgers defended Beckham after a quiet first game with the Rams.
“I wouldn’t judge a performance,” he said. “Obviously he had some plays that he felt good about, but he wasn’t playing, you know, most of the last quarter when they weren’t in crowds. So obviously he has a few ways to learn offense. It is a similar offense that we execute. It’s not one where you can jump into certain positions and know right away. “
Beckham played just 15 plays last night, catching two of his three goals from Matthew Stafford.
Rams coach Sean McVay confirmed that his new wide receiver will take some time to adjust to the system.
“I think the fact that Odell can even come out and line up is a real credit to him. We didn’t even have full speed practice with him. So these next 12 days will be really important to implement it, get it up to speed and devise a plan of attack to maximize our offensive players and to play better than the way we have done these last weeks. “McVay said Tuesday, by ProFootballTalk. “That’s where my focus and concentration will be for the next few days.”
After a goodbye, Beckham’s next game will be against his friend and the Packers. The two teams will meet at 4:25 p.m. ET on Sunday, November 28.
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Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.