You won't find any argument with the statement that the quarterback is the most important player on a football field. Teams who have a talented and dependable quarterback, like the New York Giants, know how much he means to the team, while teams that don't have a franchise signal caller know how much it hurts them.
But there are other players who are incredibly valuable for their teams, far more than their position would suggest. The Giants are fortunate enough to have one of those players as well in Odell Beckham Jr.
Chris Wesseling of NFL.com looked at the most valuable non-quarterbacks in the NFL, and the Giants superstar wide receiver made the list.
8. Odell Beckham Jr., WR, New York Giants
Brown and Jones should enjoy the attention now, because the greatest pure athlete in the league is coming like a freight train. No receiver in NFL history can match Beckham's production through two NFL seasons. Since he debuted in Week 5 of the 2015 season, Beckham has 25 touchdowns. Gronkowski is the only player in the league within five receiving scores of Beckham over that span.
What makes Beckham so special? Let's start here: vertical explosiveness, incredible leaping ability and hang time, improvisational creativity, mid-air dexterity, rare suddenness, easy separation, ability to play every wide-receiver position and run a full route tree, humongous suction-cup hands and world-class athleticism.
For those who feel like saving themselves the click, the full list is:
- J.J. Watt, DE, Houston Texans
- Rob Gronkowski, TE, New England Patriots
- Aaron Donald, DT, St. Louis Rams
- Von Miller, OLB, Denver Broncos
- Luke Kuechly, MLB, Carolina Panthers
- Antonio Brown, WR, Pittsburgh Steelers
- Julio Jones, WR, Atlanta Falcons
- Odell Beckham Jr. WR, New York Giants
- Khalil Mack, DE/OLB, Oakland Raiders
- Patrick Peterson, CB, Arizona Cardinals