On Monday night, all eyes will be on wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr, with reports suggesting he will make his debut for the Los Angeles Rams in their week-10 match-up against the San Francisco 49ers (49ers 6/4, Rams 8/15 – Money Line).
After a disappointing three-year spell with the Cleveland Browns, Beckham Jr was made a free agent, and he cleared waivers last week. That allowed the Rams to make their move, and he signed with them on Thursday.
Most coaches would give Beckham Jr time to settle, but a season-ending injury to fellow wideout Robert Woods means he is likely to make his debut on Monday.
The 29-year-old is unlikely to know much of the Rams’ playbook, but head coach Sean McVay will look to field the strongest team possible as the Rams look to end a four-match losing streak to the 49ers.
The Rams (6/1 – to win Super Bowl) will have a bye in Week 11, meaning Beckham Jr will get more time to acclimatise, but he says he cannot wait to get to work.
He told reporters: “Right now, just taking it, minute by minute, hour by hour.
“Never been to a different team in the middle of a season. Guys have been through training camp – you’ve bonded, you’ve come together as a team.
“It’s definitely a different feeling, but we’re all pros, and I just have to be a pro in this situation and find ways to get acclimated and get the plays and everything down as fast as I can and do the best to help this team find ways to win.”
Earlier this season, the Rams also acquired Von Miller from the Denver Broncos, but he is a doubt for Monday’s game due to an ankle injury.
McVay’s men will be confident they can overcome their NFC West rivals, with the 49ers failing to win at home in the last year.
San Francisco have lost five of their previous six games this season and they are likely to need to win on Monday to have any chance of reaching the play-offs.