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New England Patriots making strong push for Odell Beckham Jr.

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A little over 24 hours after he became a free agent, three-time Pro Bowl wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. is drawing interest from multiple teams.

According to NFL insider Jordan Schultz, that now includes Bill Belichick and the New England Patriots. According to Schultz, New England is making a “strong push” to sign OBJ.

Previous reports suggested that Odell Beckham Jr. was looking at a combination of a playoff-contending team, offensive-minded head coach and seasoned veteran quarterback in terms of his potential landing spot.

Interestingly enough, New England only fits one of those categories. At 5-4, it certainly is a playoff contender. However, the team is run by a defensive-minded head coach in Belichick and is quarterbacked by a rookie in Mac Jones.

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Odell Beckham Jr. as a fit for the New England Patriots

Cleveland Browns wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. (13) rushes for yards after a reception during the first half of an NFL football game at FirstEnergy Stadium, Thursday, Sept. 17, 2020, in Cleveland, Ohio. [Jeff Lange/Beacon Journal]

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Cleveland Browns wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. (13) rushes for yards after a reception during the first half of an NFL football game at FirstEnergy Stadium, Thursday, Sept. 17, 2020, in Cleveland, Ohio. [Jeff Lange/Beacon Journal]

In terms of an actual on-field fit, Beckham could make sense for an ascending Pats squad. Slot guy Jakobi Meyers leads the team with 46 receptions. Free-agent acquisition Kendrick Bourne is second with 29 catches.

In the midst of a career-worst season, Beckham Jr. has caught 17 passes for 232 yards in six games. However, his track record is much better than any current skill-position player in New England. That includes the dynamic receiver averaging 77 catches for 1,085 yards and eight touchdowns from 2014-19.

As for New England, the team has won three consecutive games after opening the campaign with a 2-4 mark. Adding Odell Beckham Jr. to the mix would only help the Pats moving forward, especially with difficult games coming up against the Browns, Titans and Bills over the next month.

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