It really isn't enough to say the first 25 games of Odell Beckham Jr.'s NFL career have been historically good. They have been off the charts historically good, unmatched in NFL history.
Let's begin our look at exactly what Beckham has accomplished with this utterly startling number:
Odell vs Dez WHOA pic.twitter.com/bMBej6cLi7— SportsNation (@SportsNation) December 15, 2015
Toss this little fact into the hopper, as well:
Through 25 NFL games, Giants' WR Odell Beckham Jr. now has more receptions and more receiving yards than any player in NFL history.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) December 15, 2015
Let's dig a little deeper into how historic Beckham's numbers are. Here is a look at the leaders in receptions, yards and touchdowns over the first two seasons of an NFL career. Beckham owns the record for receptions and is closing in on two other marks:
Odell Beckham Jr. 176
Marques Colston 168
A.J. Green 162
Larry Fitzgerald 161
Reggie Bush 161
MOST RECEIVING YARDS
Randy Moss 2,726
Bill Groman 2,648
Odell Beckham Jr. 2,625
Jerry Rice 2,497
Charley Hennigan 2,468
MOST RECEIVING TDs
Bill Groman 29
Randy Moss 28
Rob Gronkowski 27
Bob Hayes 25
Daryl Turner 25
Odell Beckham Jr. 24
Beckham now has six straight 100+ yard receiving games and 15 in his career. Sadly, the Giants are just 6-9 in those games. His 24 touchdowns is also a Giants franchise record, besting the mark of 23 previously held by Del Shofner (1961-62). After his 84-yard score Monday, he busted out his take on the Ray Lewis dance, with Lewis in the house for ESPN. Have to drop that in here, just because I can.
What others are saying
Asked about Beckham on ESPN Radio's "Mike & Mike show Tuesday morning, Hall of Fame receiver Cris Carter had this to say:
"He's born to be a wide receiver .. got great feet, got great hips. He has that edge to him where he really wants to be great. His ability to accelerate in and out of breaks. He plays faster than his 40 time, a lot like Jerry Rice," Carter said.
"He is a special player."
Carter did add that the changing rules nd emphasis on the passing game have inflated the numbers of present-day receivers.
Here is a tweet from former NFL executive Louis Riddick:
In sports words like "rare" are used too often to describe athletes. But, Odell Beckham Jr. has rare hand-eye coordination and body control.— Louis Riddick (@LRiddickESPN) December 15, 2015
After watching Beckham and Eli Manning, really the only two elite players the Giants have, pretty much get the Giants a desperately-needed victory on their own Monday night, Newsday's Bob Glauber wrote this:
But there's something else in Beckham's game that is just as important as the statistics and the balletic movements he shows on the field. It's impossible to quantify this characteristic â there are no numbers to define it â but those who know him best see it every day. Not just on game day.
It's called heart.
Beyond the talent, the athleticism, the sheer physical greatness lies a competitiveness that few players at any position possess, regardless of how good they are.
The guy just wants to win. Every game, every play. It's what elevates his game even beyond what the numbers can explain.
Enjoy every second of Beckham while he is playing this level, Giants fans. Remember the words of Persephone from "Matrix Reloaded," who said "such a thing is not meant to last."
What we're watching won't last forever. It sure is special, though, because we've never seen it before.