When news broke that wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. would be taking his talents to the Baltimore Ravens, it set the football world on fire. Needless to say, he's quite a popular figure across the NFL. When healthy, Beckham is truly a force to reckon with.
That's the main thing when it comes to him because, in the grand scheme of things, we all must consider that he is coming off a pretty serious injury that set him back a bit. He's coming off a torn ACL injury and it's imperative that he does everything he can now to be able to be a significant part of the Ravens' offense all season long.
It shouldn't matter if Beckham misses OTAs or even training camp because, at the end of the day, he's a proven veteran player. He's not a rookie entering his first season in the NFL or anything but actually about to enter his 10th season. Yes, he might have missed all of last season due to his torn ACL injury but he is a proven playmaker and should get right back into the swing of things with the Ravens in due time.
Odell Beckham Jr. is smart to sit out OTAs so he can be fully healthy in 2023
All that matters is he does everything within his power to be healthy and ready to execute this upcoming season. Beckham deciding to sit out OTAs this offseason for the Ravens is a smart decision since there's no reason to set him back further when the team will need all hands on deck for when games actually matter in September.
In an article written by Scott Thompson of Fox News, here's what Beckham had to say about why he's sitting out of OTAs and why it makes sense due to the longevity of an NFL season:
"I think I’m at the place where I have that one more notch that I’m kicking into and I’m trying to save it because these seasons are long, man, and it’s all about peaking at the right moment," he explained. All the other reporters and people [say], ‘Oh, you’re not at OTAs’ and this and that. I’ve seen people come out and they go through OTAs and mandatory camps and they look season ready. Then, a week or two into camp, they’re burnt out."- Odell Beckham Jr.
Beckham hit the nail right on the head here. Even though many might question why Beckham is doing this, no one can ever question his work ethic and his natural raw abilities to be the very best wide receiver he can be playing today.
It's something to respect and honestly, it's for the best he sits out OTAs so he can be healthy, rested, and ready for the regular season. Don't get me wrong, OTAs are important but in this specific case with Beckham, he'll be just fine sitting out to be 100 percent again and mentally prepared for the long regular season ahead.