In Wednesday's practice, the Ravens faced the absence of some key players ahead of their matchup against the Seattle Seahawks in Week 9, including veteran wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. It is fair to assume that even a little big banged-up, he will be on the field come Sunday.
Lamar Jackson discussed the ongoing struggles that OBJ is having to navigate after signing with the Ravens earlier this season. Jackson talked to reporters following Wednesday's practice, and he attributed OBJ's issues to defenders "just holding" the wideout, per Sarah Ellison of the Ravens Vault podcast.
Asked about his connection with Beckham and if we should expect more passes going OBJ's way, Jackson said "Oh absolutely," adding that if there haven't been more completions that's simply because defenders "are just holding him."
There you have it, folks. If you want to stop OBJ, simply hold him. But be careful, because Jackson also said "[OBJ] is going to catch the ball, so they have to do their best to keep him away from the ball." No more holding allowed in your game plans!
"He’s going to get on the scoreboard," Jackson stated as captured by Jamison Hensley of ESPN. "I believe it’s happening fast."
Beckham's scoreless streak extended to six games after the Week 8 matchup against the Arizona Cardinals. However, Beckham drew three DPI on the day, and following two of those three the Ravens would end up scoring touchdowns in the 31–24 on-the-road win.
Throughout the first half of the season, Beckham has missed two games with a sprained ankle while catching 14 of 26 targets for 162 yards through Week 8 (six games played, four started).
As long as OBJ keeps racking up defensive penalties that lead to scores, I for one won't complain about the lack of scoring numbers under his name.