Odell Beckham Put Concerns About Playing With a Lefty Quarterback Aside With Dolphins

The veteran wide receiver discussed his fit with his new team on Wednesday.
May 15, 2024; Miami Gardens, FL, USA; Miami Dolphins wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. speaks to the
May 15, 2024; Miami Gardens, FL, USA; Miami Dolphins wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. speaks to the / Sam Navarro-USA TODAY Sports
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Before signing with the Miami Dolphins in free agency earlier this offseason, veteran wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. had concerns about playing with a left-handed quarterback, he told the media on Wednesday.

However, Beckham put those concerns aside after discussing his fit in the offense with coach Mike McDaniel.

"I definitely was a little hesitant at first because he's a lefty, and I think I shied away from lefties," Beckham said. "But now that I think about it, I've been throwing with Jarvis Landry since I was 15 years old. One of my trainers is left-handed."

Beckham didn't disclose why he shied away from playing with a lefty quarterback, but from what he's heard about quarterback Tua Tagovailoa, Beckham believes the connection will be seamless.

"They said he just throws different," Beckham added. "They said the accuracy and spin, they're like it's not really like he's left-handed. Just watching his film, there's a lot of great things that he's been doing. He did it at Alabama, did it here with the Dolphins. Like I said, I've just seen an opportunity when I really watched the film, when I really sat down and didn't look at a destination. I looked at myself in the mirror and a place for me and my career. I've seen a lot of opportunity here."

The 31-year-old Beckham is on his fourth team in four seasons after catching 35 passes for 565 yards and three touchdowns last year with the Baltimore Ravens. While he is now four years removed from his last 1,000+ yard season, he has still proven to be productive in an offense when he's healthy.

Playing with the Dolphins will provide him with an opportunity to showcase what he's still able to do in his early 30s.


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Mike McDaniel is a writer on the Breaking & Trending News Team at Sports Illustrated, where he has worked since January 2022. His work has been featured at InsideTheACC.com, SB Nation, FanSided, and more. Mike hosts the Hokie Hangover Podcast, covering Virginia Tech athletics, as well as Basketball Conference: The ACC Football Podcast. Outside of his professional life, he is a husband, father, and an avid golfer.