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Beckham relishing TD run and playoffs chance with Rams

By Sports Desk January 01, 2022

Odell Beckham Jr is relishing the prospect of a postseason run with the Los Angeles Rams after explaining he felt "deprived" during his spell at the Cleveland Browns.

The Rams travel to play the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday leading the NFC West with an 11-4 record, already assured of a place in the playoffs.

Despite some spectacular play over the course of his NFL career, Beckham has only ever played one game in the playoffs – with the New York Giants in 2016 – and has never been on a division-winning team.

Beckham has made four touchdown catches in his last five appearances with the in-form Rams, who are looking to win a fifth straight game against the Ravens.

He did not have any TD catches in six games with the Browns before his release earlier this season and had just seven in 23 games across the 2019 and 2020 seasons.

Having joined the Rams on a short-term deal, Beckham is enjoying the chance to play a key role and savouring his team's success.

"It's been great," Beckham said, per ESPN, about his run of TDs. "Over the last couple of years, I've felt deprived. 

"I've definitely missed the end zone for sure, and it just hasn't been as easy and seamless as it could and should be. 

"I'm someone who I feel like I should score once or twice every single game. I feel like I can get 100 yards every single game.

"I came late to the party but still have celebrated like I've been here for the whole time, so it's definitely a special opportunity, not just to win the division but to go for it all. 

"This is the only reason that you put in these hours of work in the offseason, to dedicate and sacrifice our lives for this is for these moments."

Beckham believes his support of teammate Cooper Kupp proves he is a team player even though he has not always been perceived in that way.

Kupp has a chance to make NFL history with a 2,000-yard season and the receiving triple crown of most catches, yards and TDs.

"Man, I find it funny, all the talks about me being a me guy," Beckham added. "People are going to say whatever but they just have no idea.

"When I chose to come here, I'm knowing that Coops on pace to break a record. 

"I didn't come here thinking, 'Oh, I got to get my targets.' That's just not being me - yeah, I want the ball, I'm a competitor, but like I said, I came late to the party.

"It's just funny, all the backlash that I get about the type of person that I am. I think you just see me in an atmosphere where success is around and these people are on pace for history. 

"I want to watch him break [the record] - I told him I want him to get 2K yards so I can come and break your record. 

"That's how it happens - records are meant to be broken – and we're just witnessing something very, very special."

While the Rams could clinch the division title this week, Baltimore is the only franchise in the league against whom they have never won a road game (0-3).

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