After missing Wednesday's practice with a shoulder injury, veteran Baltimore Ravens receiver Odell Beckham Jr. returned to the training fields in Owing Mills with the rest of his teammates. Not only that, but OBJ spoke to the media after the session in a very honest and open way.
There's no sugarcoating Beckham's underperformance throughout the first half of the season, let alone considering the expectations his contract with Baltimore put on him. We're talking about a humongous $15 million deal, folks, so you have to at least do something.
"Obviously (I'm not) where I want to be, but when I signed here I said I wanted to come here and win a Super Bowl and win," Beckham said after yesterday's practice. "We’re 6–2 and on the way to that. Just got to keep going, it’s a long season."
As OBJ sees it, he's way past personal accolades and statistical milestones. He's in for the big thing: the chip and lifting the Super Bowl for the second time in his career.
The production has been mediocre at best with Beckham playing only six of the eight games and even missing chunks of those matchups in which he appeared at times with different injuries, most concerningly an ankle one.
Beckham has caught only 14 targets for 162 yards and he has yet to score a touchdown. Last Sunday, at Arizona, OBJ failed to catch even one single pass for the first time since 2020 when he did so in the game in which he tore his ACL.
"I didn’t come here with the expectations that I’d be going for 2,000 yards. We’re trying to win a Super Bowl, so it is what it is at this point. It’s just walking that fine line of being grateful to be back on the field but definitely not being content with where I’m at or how I feel internally about what’s going on."- Odell Beckham Jr., Baltimore Ravens
Beckham revealed the reason he joined Baltimore last summer, and it wasn't particularly racking up yardage. "I didn’t come here with the expectations that I’d be going for 2,000 yards," he said. "We're trying to win a Super Bowl, so it is what it is at this point."
The veteran wide receiver acknowledged that it's been "kind of trial and error" for him and the Ravens offense so far this season, but he also thinks that "it's been a great trial and error for us."
Asked about his usage, Beckham said "I can count on two hands how many people in this locker room need to get the ball," explaining "There’s a lot of guys [but] there’s only one football."
The Ravens and Beckham host the Seattle Seahawks in Week 9 facing the NFC franchise for the first time since 2019 when they beat them 30-16 at Lumen Field in Seattle.