Eli Manning says he spoke to Odell Beckham about landing with Rams

Los Angeles Rams wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. (Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports)
Los Angeles Rams wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. (Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports) /

Eli Manning says that he spoke to Odell Beckham Jr. prior to Beckham’s first game with the Los Angeles Rams on Monday night against the San Francisco 49ers

There has been much conjecture about Eli Manning and Odell Beckham’s relationship during their time with the NY Giants, Beckham’s former quarterback says he spoke to the new Rams wide receiver after he put pen to paper on a deal with the Los Angeles Rams this week.

During Monday night’s ManningCast of the Los Angeles Rams vs. San Francisco 49ers game, Beckham’s first as a Ram, Manning revealed that he and Beckham spoke this week.

"“I think he’s excited to be in Los Angeles,” Manning said during the broadcast. “He’s excited to be in this offense. I did talk to him this week, a little bit about everything he was going through. I know he’s excited about this opportunity and knows that he needs to get back to playing football and playing good football, and doing the things that he’s been able to do ver the last couple years. That’s making plays.”"

Beckham was released by the Browns on Nov. 5, and ultimately cleared waivers prior to signing with the Rams, following a tumultuous first half of this season in Cleveland. He finished with 114 receptions for 1,586 yards with seven touchdowns in Cleveland, but injuries have ravaged the past two seasons of Beckham’s career.

The NY Giants traded Beckham to the Cleveland Browns prior to the 2019 season, but during their time together, Beckham and Manning connected on 390 receptions for 5,476 yards and 44 touchdowns in 59 games.

Manning’s revelation that he and Beckham spoke this week, speaks to his leadership as a quarterback and a teammate.

Rams quarterback Matthew Stafford might be the most dominant quarterback Beckham has played with in his career, who happens to still be in the prime of his career as a passer, but it is telling that he received advice from his former quarterback as he landed with his new team.

Beckham emerges as the Rams’ No. 2 wide receiver, immediately after his arrival, following Robert Woods being lost for the season with a torn ACL suffered during Saturday’s practice.