The New England Patriots and Odell Beckham Jr. are like two familiar strangers who keep passing each other by with goggly eyes and mutual admiration, but never exactly connecting.
At some point, those two entities will have to come together to spark that connection, right?
When it comes to NFL rumors and fits for teams and players, the Patriots and OBJ always appear like the perfect fit on paper, but somehow, the player always ends up in another location.
Whether it’s through trade or free agency, Beckham Jr. always ends up someplace else. Whether it’s the Cleveland Browns or Los Angeles Rams, the Patriots always get outbid for his services, if they were even serious in the first place.
That is where these rumors become intriguing each and every time they emerge. Bill Belichick and the Patriots never really decline their interest and OBJ makes it known how much he admires the coach and the player from afar. While winning a Super Bowl was every reason for Beckham Jr to join forces with Belichick, now that he has that ring, perhaps there will be another motivation that finally lands OBJ in a New England Patriots uniform.
Is Odell Beckham Jr. the missing piece in the New England Patriots offense
If Belichick believes he is one player away on offense, he could kick the tires on OBJ once more and what player wouldn’t be interested if a coach like Belichick came begging. Well, we know Belichick won’t exactly beg, but stick with me.
With Beckham Jr. cleared for non-contact activities after suffering a torn ACL in Super Bowl LVI, the free agent receiver is gearing to return to the NFL in Mid-November. ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler has started those rumors up again by connecting OBJ with Belichick and the Patriots.
"“After much preseason debate about the direction of the Patriots’ offense under coaches Matt Patricia and Joe Judge, it has averaged 5.8 yards per play this season, which ranks 10th in the league – and that’s with backup quarterbacks the past two games,” Fowler said, via WEEI. “…Maybe coach Bill Belichick believes he’s a player away and will pay the premium required to outbid others for Beckham. New England has $4.4 million in cap space, which should be enough to make something work.”"
With other needs like linebacker and potentially running back, would Belichick go that route even if it means giving Mac Jones (or Bailey Zappe) another target to get the ball to?
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The New England Patriots need an alpha dog receiver like Odell Beckham Jr.
As it stands, the New England Patriots have a logjam at the position. With no clear No. 1 option, Jakobi Meyers, DeVante Parker, Kendrick Bourne and Nelson Agholor have all had their moments shining in the offense, but none of them are OBJ, even coming off a torn ACL.
The offense needs that alpha wide receiver who opposing defenses will fear, a receiver who will make noise on and off the field. Obviously, Belichick will keep the noise in check off the field, but you know what I mean.
With question marks surrounding Bourne and Agholor as far as their fit on the team, along with the return of 2022 second-round pick Tyquan Thornton, wide receiver could still be a need and why not Odell Beckham Jr. if Belichick truly believes he is the missing piece.
There’s always a way to make OBJ to New England make sense, but are both sides finally willing to make it come together? That is always the question when it comes to this particular rumor that won’t die until it finally happens…at some point.