Sean McVay expects bigger roles for Odell Beckham Jr., Von Miller when the Rams play the Packers on Sunday.

November 27, 2021

THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. – Coach Sean McVay expects wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. and outside linebacker Von Miller to play bigger roles when the Los Angeles Rams face the Green Bay Packers on Sunday.

“Much more hopefully,” McVay said Friday when asked if he expected to get more out of the veteran duo in his second appearance since joining the Rams, who are 7-3 and came off a bye.

The Rams will need a hands-free approach against Aaron Rodgers and the 8-3 Packers at Lambeau Field as they try to end a two-game losing streak.

Beckham agreed to a one-year, $ 1.25 million deal with the Rams four days before he dressed and played 15 of 55 plays in a 31-10 Week 10 loss to the San Francisco 49ers. The 8th-year pro caught 2 passes for 18 yards and was targeted for a third pass, but quarterback Matthew Stafford’s deep shot was intercepted when Beckham apparently broke the path.

“Odell [is] “I’m getting familiar,” McVay said. “I want to say that to be able to play even in the game against the Niners is an incredible credit to him.”

The Rams did not practice Thursday due to high winds at their training facility, instead taking a tour. McVay noted that more physical reps were added to Friday’s schedule to repair the change and said the extra travel could help Beckham.

“It helps because he’s catching up mentally,” McVay said. “It is not taken for granted how important those physical reps are and the relationship that he and Matthew continue to develop, and because we will do a little more reps today, we will end up getting roughly the same amount as we would in a normal week as well. That will be a good thing, but he has done it very well. “

Beckham, who has been stopped under 30 receiving yards in five of his last six games played, said he spent the week off concentrating on the playbook and his physical condition, which suffered due to a lack of routine afterward. from his last game with the Cleveland. Browns on October 31.

“I definitely felt like I haven’t been in that flow where I would normally have stuck to a regular schedule,” Beckham said. “So I’m trying to get back to that and find my way back to where I know I can be.”

Stafford said he has been impressed by what Beckham has been able to capture in his short time with the team.

“Nine times out of 10, he breaks the group with a lot of confidence, knowing what he’s about to do, which is amazing for me as a quarterback to be able to do my job,” Stafford said.

Miller, who was acquired in a highly successful deal with the Denver Broncos before the trade deadline earlier this month, was inactive in his first game in Los Angeles while continuing to recover from a sprained ankle, so the a three-time All-Pro also made his debut before the bye against the 49ers.

Miller played 45 of 68 plays and recorded two tackles, including one for a loss.

“Von did a good job, he played a lot of plays,” McVay said. “I think he will be much healthier, much fresher coming off the break and giving his ankle a couple more days to keep progressing and take steps in the right direction without any setbacks these last few weeks.”

With the Rams ‘goodbye coinciding with the Broncos’, Miller said he arrived just in time,

“I feel pretty good, I feel a little more comfortable with the playbook, my ankle is much healthier,” Miller said. “So the bye week was great.”

When asked to clarify how good his ankle, which was sprained in week 7, felt, Miller said it was something he didn’t even think about.

“It’s not a factor,” Miller said of the injury. “What we did was perfect of waiting a week, playing a week, and then having a week off. I just cleaned up a few things, so it’s not a factor and I don’t really think about it.”

In eight games this season, Miller has 4.5 sacks.