After two incredible seasons have we seen the best of Odell Beckham Jr.? Or, is there more to come? Let's talk about Beckham as we continue to profile the 90-man roster the New York Giants will bring to training camp later this summer.
2015 Season in Review
How do you follow the greatest 12-game stretch by a rookie wide receiver in NFL history? A stretch that saw you land on the cover of "Madden" and become a world-wide celebrity? Well, Beckham followed his incredible 2014 rookie season with a 2015 sophomore year that wasn't quite as spectacular but was still, well, pretty spectacular in its own right.
In 15 games, he caught 96 passes for 1,450 yards (15.1 yards per catch) with 13 touchdowns. Only seven receivers in the NFL caught more passes, only four accumulated more receiving yards, only two surpassed Beckham's 96.7 receiving yards per game and only three scored more touchdowns. Beckham was named to his second Pro Bowl in as many seasons.
There was also, of course, the unfortunate events of the game against Josh Norman and the Carolina Panthers and the resulting one-game suspension. That was the only stain on a season during which Beckham showed without any doubt that he is among the game's best players.
2016 Season Outlook
What does Beckham do now? Well, quarterback Eli Manning would like to see him get even better.
"Odell has obviously done great things, but we need him to raise his level as well," Manning said during a conference call at the beginning of the offseason program. "There’s things he can work on, and we ask a lot of him. We move him around in a lot of different spots, and he’s required to know a lot of different routes and different techniques, and exactly how to do it. That’s the way he’s going to get a lot of balls and we’re going to put him in position to do a lot of good things."
Beckham's reaction to that?
"I’m ready. I have goals in mind. There are a lot of banners that aren’t here that need to be in here. That’s something that I look at every day. There’s nothing that really crosses my mind more than putting a fifth banner here, saying 2016 Super Bowl Champions," Beckham said. "Your name will be here forever and it’s something you'll be able to take with you for a lifetime. There’s nothing more that’s on my mind than winning a Super Bowl.
"I really only care about winning."
After two incredible seasons to begin his career, can he actually get better as a player?
"You can do everything. I feel like nothing's ever finished," Beckham said. "Whether it's routes, the releases of the routes, make sure you get your depth, all the little things. You have a 12-yard route you need to get 12 yards, but in the game the time clock sped up and you broke it off at 10 and now a ball's going to where it should be at 12 yards and you're at 10. There's nobody else to blame but you.
"I told Eli every single day completion rating 99.9 percent. There's nothing that should hit the ground, there's no reason that it should hit the ground. No ball should be incomplete, whether it's practice, a game, a mental rep, none of 'em should hit the ground."
You have to love Beckham's attitude, his recognition he can always strive to be better. That is one of the things that has him on a path to becoming one of the best players in franchise history.
The question really isn't what the Giants will get from Beckham. It is can they get enough from Victor Cruz, Sterling Shepard, Dwayne Harris and the young group of tight ends to take some of the heat off their best player?