What can we say, or write, about Odell Beckham Jr. that hasn't already been said or written. Well, probably not much. Let's talk about the incredible second-year wide receiver, though. It is Beckham's turn to be in the spotlight as we continue our player-by-player breakdown of the 90-man roster the Giants will bring to training camp in a couple of months.
2014 Season in Review
- Franchise records for catches (91), yards (1,305) and touchdowns (12) for a rookie, all while playing in only 12 games.
- Beckham set the NFL records for most catches and yards in the first 12 games of an NFL career.
- The 91 catches tied for second-most by a rookie in NFL history. Anquan Boldin had 101 catches for airzona in 2003.
- Beckham became only the second receiver in NFL history to have 90 or more receiving yards in nine consecutive games. Hall of Famer Michael Irvin accomplished the feat in 1995.
- Beckham had more than 100 yards receiving in each of the final four games. That's the first time in franchise history that has been done, and the first time a rookie did so since Jimmy Orr with Pittsburgh in 1958.
- Beckham's average of 108 receiving yards per game surpassed the previous franchise record of 96 yards per game held by Victor Cruz.
- Beckham had a least 10 catches in a game four times, the first rookie to ever do that.
- Beckham reached the Pro Bowl.
- Beckham earned the AP Offensive Rookie of the Year award.
- Beckham will be featured on the cover of 'Madden NFL 16.'
Yeah, not too shabby.
2015 Season Outlook
Well, how do you top what Beckham did as a rookie? Well, you probably don't without helping your team win a Super Bowl. A good start, though, would be playing in all 16 games and helping the Giants get to the playoffs.
It will be interesting to see how opposing defenses play Beckham in 2015, and how Beckham, Eli Manning and offensive coordinator Ben McAdoo adjust to the extra attention Beckham is sure to receive.
Steve Smith owns the Giants' franchise record for receptions with 107. Cruz has the record for receiving yards at 1,536. You have to think/hope that a full, healthy season from both Beckham and Manning would put those two marks in serious jeopardy.
The Giants would like to see some of the unnecessary things -- like slamming a helmet on the ground, taunting penalties and getting into emotionally-charged situations that end in brawls -- be eliminated. Beckham himself has said he would like to stay away from things like that.
Year 2 of the Beckham era will be here soon. And it certainly should be fun to watch.