Odell Beckham Jr. Comes to Terms With New Role on Dolphins' Offense

May 15, 2024; Miami Gardens, FL, USA; Miami Dolphins wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. speaks to the media.
May 15, 2024; Miami Gardens, FL, USA; Miami Dolphins wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. speaks to the media. / Sam Navarro-USA TODAY Sports
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At 31 years old, new Miami Dolphins wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. knows he's not going to be the fastest player on the field anymore, especially when joining an offense featuring speedsters Tyreek Hill and Jaylen Waddle.

On Wednesday, Beckham told reporters he has grown to accept this fact and is "at peace" with knowing he's not the No. 1 target on the field for the quarterback, in his case now, Tua Tagovailoa. But, that doesn't mean he plans on hiding in the background in his new role.

"You just all push each other," Beckham said, via The Palm Beach Post. "And for me at this place, my life and my career, I haven't been the number one [target] in a minute, you could go back and look at targets, you can go look at anything. That's not really where I've been at. So, just understanding your role and how can you be the very best at that role? How can you maximize those opportunities?"

Beckham signed the one-year, $8.25 million deal with the Dolphins just a couple weeks ago. This move came after he played one year with the Baltimore Ravens. He missed the 2022 season as he was recovering from an ACL surgery.


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