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Tuesday, 16 December 2014

How Good Is Rookie Odell Beckham Already?

        Odell Beckham has gained worldwide attention after his one-handed catch(pictured below), that many people with the likes of Lebron James, who labeled it "the best catch ever". Beckham is only a rookie who had high expectations coming into the league after missing his first four games. Beckham has only played 10 games, and has accumulated 972 yards, and nine receiving touchdowns, and still has two more games to play. He will look to be the first rookie in New York Giants' history to post an 1,000-yard season.

  • Beckham has five 100-yard receiving games this season, the most by a New York Giants' rookie in franchise history.
  • Beckham finished Sunday with 972 receiving yards, passing Jeremy Shockey (894) for the most for a rookie in franchise history. Beckham did it in 10 games, Shockey in 15.
  • Beckham has three games with at least 10 receptions, which ties him with (the other) Steve Smith(2009) for the most by a Giants' wide receiver in one season.
  • Beckham is the first rookie in NFL history with at least 12 receptions, 140 yards and three touchdowns in a single game.
  • Beckham has 61 receptions for 866 yards and six touchdowns in the last seven games. That is the most receptions ever by a rookie in a seven-game span and the second-most receiving yards by a rookie in league history.
  • Beckham is the first player with 10-plus receptions, 100-plus yards and a touchdown reception in three separate games of a four-game span.

(Credit: NFL Media Research Team)


What makes Beckham so good?


Beckham's speed is beyond respectable, it's a tool in his game that defenders should focus on -- just ask Richard Sherman whom Beckham glided past with ease and caught the ball for a 44-yard gain. Not only can Beckham use his speed against opposing defenders; he also uses his jumping ability. He is only 5'11", and can jump with the tallest of them all to make a catch, and muscle the ball from a defender.

Sticky hands/Hand-eye coordination:

Odell Beckham has possibly the best hand-eye coordination in the league, as he probably did in college as well. While playing for the LSU Tigers in college, Beckham displayed his stellar catching ability by catching kickoffs and passes in traffic with one hand. If Beckham gets his hand on the ball, he's going to come down with the ball more often than not.

One may make an argument that Odell Beckham and Victor Cruz may go head-to-head for the No. 1 wide receiver spot in New York.


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