While he was missing virtually all of training camp, the entire preseason and the first four games of the regular season it seemed ludicrous to think that Odell Beckham could end up as NFL Rookie of the Year. After 10 spectacular games, though, the question is how can Beckham NOT be Rookie of the Year?
Here are some numbers that show what the 12th overall pick has accomplished this season.
- Despite playing just 10 games, Beckham is tied with former LSU teammate Jarvis Landry (Miami Dolphins) for most receptions by a rookie receiver this season with 71. He leads the rookies in receiving yards with 972. His nine touchdowns are second among rookie receivers behind Mike Evans of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, who has 11.
- Beckham has 12 catches for 143 yards and three touchdowns Sunday. He is the first rookie in NFL history with at least 12 catches, 140 yards receiving and three TDs in a single game.
- The 12 receptions tied Mark Bavaro's franchise record for receptions by a rookie in a single game. It was one short of tying Tiki Barber's overall franchise mark of 13 in a game.
- Beckham, Hakeem Nicks and Amani Toomer are the only Giants' wide receivers to catch 12 passes in a single game.
- Beckham has 61 catches for 866 yards and six touchdowns in his past seven games. His 61 catches are the most by a rookie in a seven-game span and his 866 receiving yards are the second-most by a rookie over a seven-game span (920 yards, Bill Groman, 1960).
- Beckham now has at least 90 receiving yards in seven consecutive games, extending his NFL record streak for a rookie.
- Beckham is the first Giants' rookie to score three touchdowns in a game. He has a team-leading nine touchdowns this, one short of the franchise rookie record set by Bill Swiacki in 1948.
- Beckham's 972 receiving yards surpasses the previous franchise record of 894 yards for a rookie, set by Jeremy Shockey in 2002.
So, Beckham is having a historic season. He is re-writing both the Giants and the NFL record books.
"Nothing this guy does amazes me at this point. He's a phenomenal talent and more importantly, I think he has the attitude and passion that this game deserves and that this team needs," said teammate Antrel Rolle. "This guy feeds the entire team. He fills the stadium. He's an exciting guy to watch. He's a hell of a player."
Beckham has single-handedly made a 5-9 Giants team a must-watch, and is the biggest reason the future could be a bright one.
How can he not be Rookie of the Year?