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Odell Beckham Jr. to Cowboys? Jerry Jones isn’t subtle on interest

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For those watching at home, Jerry Jones didn’t say if. He said when.

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The owner of the Dallas Cowboys is not shying away from Odell Beckham Jr. He encourages them.

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“Odell is someone we value in the world for who he is as a competitor” Jones said Tuesday morning on Dallas radio station 105.3 The Fan.. “I know the Cowboys star can look good on this helmet when he wears it.”

This decision could be made as early as this week.

The 2014 first-round pick and three-time Pro Bowl wide receiver is yet to play this season as he recovers from a left ACL tear sustained last season in the Super Bowl. Beckham’s return timeline has reportedly fluctuated from mid-November to early December, but a Fox Sports insider Jay Glazer reported Sunday that Beckham is expected to “full out next week”.

“There must be many applicants for his services,” Glaser added.

Odell Beckham Jr to the Dallas Cowboys?  Team owner Jerry Jones seems to be pushing for it.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
Odell Beckham Jr to the Dallas Cowboys? Team owner Jerry Jones seems to be pushing for it. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

Public interest in The Cowboys has slowly built up, and as recently as October 23, Jones said “you can have a little chat” while discussing interest in Beckham. The restraint is gone. The chase is on.

“I think experienced players like Odell, in my experience, when we brought in the veterans, they hit the ground running right away in terms of ability to compete,” Jones said Tuesday. “You’re looking at a player whose experience far outweighs any ambiguity about how he’ll fit into your system.”

Head coach Mike McCarthy also expressed his sympathy for Beckham on Monday:

The Cowboys’ defense has greatly contributed to their 6-2 start to the season, and their offense has taken shape more recently. Dallas is 15th in the league with 22.6 points per game and 22nd with an average of 322.1 yards. The effective running game helped a lot, as the Cowboys’ passing offense is only 25th with 190.6 yards per game.

But already now, the internal composition of Dallas is moving in the right direction. Quarterback Duck Prescott started and won two games in a row, missing five while recovering from a broken thumb in his first week of throwing arm. Wide receiver Michael Gallup had the most effective, if modest, day with four catches for 49 yards in the Cowboys’ 49–29 win over the Bears as he regains confidence from an ACL tear. Veteran James Washington (broken leg) is expected to be cleared from an injured reserve soon, and Cowboys rookie tight end duo Peyton Hendershot and Jake Ferguson have combined for 153 yards and three touchdowns on 18 catches.

“I love the way we throw the ball with our titles,” Jones said. “I think it makes sense in this conversation because the way I see it going forward, it can basically determine how aggressive we are with whatever types of add-ons we have here with our receivers.”

Beckham or not, Jones insisted that he “really likes where we are with our host body.” During the offseason, the Cowboys lost veterans Amari Cooper (trade to the Browns) and Cedric Wilson (free agency, Dolphins) while expressing confidence that three-year-old pro C.D. Lamb would be their best receiver. Lamb averaged 69.5 yards per game and had three touchdowns in eight games. He struggled with falls at times, but caught 71.4% of his goals for 77 yards and scored against the Lions shortly before a date with the Cowboys.

Jones touted Lamb’s ability to prolong play.

“Our offense is aimed at embellishing that aspect of his game,” Jones said. “A player at this point in his career can be expected to show marked improvement from when he came in as a rookie. You really see it. He is a real security threat. He can do those 20 yard plays. You must have them.”

If the Cowboys decide to go after Beckham – and win his heart in what may be crowded with fans – it will only add to the arsenal of weapons.

Beckham has 7,367 yards and 56 touchdowns in 96 career games, and he quickly proved his worth when he joined the Los Angeles Rams midway through last season. Beckham caught 27 passes for 305 yards and five touchdowns in eight regular season games, and added 21 more passes for 288 yards and two playoff goals en route to the Rams’ championship. Even in the Super Bowl, before suffering his second left ACL tear in 21 months, Beckham was a force, catching two passes for 52 yards and a touchdown.

Jones pointed to this amount of work when he justified chasing a 30-year-old, injury-riddled weapon.

He believes the Cowboys are poised to improve with fast passing, third downs, short yarding situations and long plays during which Prescott shoots on the run.

The ever-optimistic Jones sees hope. The question he seems to have a preferred answer to is whether Beckham will join the trip.

“We may or may not be able to do something, like add something to the host body,” Jones said. “But if we don’t, I like where we are.”

Follow Jori Epstein of Sportzshala Sports on Twitter. @JoriEpstein


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