All 32 NFL training camps are underway. As such, there are five former LSU football alums with intriguing storylines that we’re following this preseason.
There are 68 former LSU football players on active NFL rosters this preseason. Such includes the six Tigers alums selected in the 2023 NFL Draft. Moreover, six additional players entered the draft class and signed with teams as undrafted free agents.
The 2023 NFL Draft class is not all that’s in the league by way of Death Valley. The Tigers have served as pro football factory and routinely send players to the NFL each year. Indeed, there is a reason the acronym ‘NFLSU’ is commonplace in pro football talk.
Nevertheless, we’re following five former Tigers among the dozens at NFL camps. Such are five players with the most intriguing storylines ahead of the 2023 season.
We start with a player returning to action after a year away from the field.
No. 5 – Odell Beckham Jr.
Team: Baltimore Ravens
Position: Wide Receiver
Depth Chart: LWR – 1st
Odell Beckham Jr. returns to the NFL after missing all of the 2022 season while recovering from a knee injury. Most LSU football fans will recall Beckham exiting Super Bowl LVI with the injury, but not before enabling the Rams to win their second Lombardi Trophy.
Beckham says he injured his knee much earlier in the 2021 season and opted to play through the injury. Some NFL teams flirted with the potential to add the former LSU football star for a late-season playoff run in 2022. However, the 30-year-old opted for a fresh start and complete recovery in 2023.
The Baltimore Ravens signed OBJ to a one-year deal in April.
Some uncertainty regarding Beckham’s readiness followed him to the Ravens camp. However, the former Tiger seems prepared to pick up where his NFL career last left off.
Lamar Jackson is also staring down many questions regarding his physical condition after missing much of 2023 with injuries. Early indications are that the former NFL MVP looks back to his usual, elusive self. Either way, we’re anxious to see the Ravens’ offense with a healthy Lamar and OBJ on the same field.
We think that OBJ’s expert, veteran route-running ability, combined with Lamar’s ad hoc style of play, will create many opportunities in the open field.