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Inside the Numbers: Record-breaking year for Odell Beckham Jr.

Posted Dec 9, 2014

Giants.com's Michael Eisen takes a statistical look at WR Odell Beckham Jr.'s impressive rookie season

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. – This will not exactly qualify as a shock to anyone who has seen him play, but Odell Beckham Jr. is having an extraordinary statistical season.

How extraordinary? On Sunday, Beckham caught 11 passes (the most ever by a Giants rookie wide receiver) in the team’s 36-7 rout of the Tennessee Titans. That increased his total in the last six games to 49 receptions, the highest total in a six-game span by a rookie in NFL history. Beckham shattered the previous record of 42, set by…Odell Beckham Jr., in the six games prior to Sunday.

Yes, Beckham has been so good, he’s breaking is own NFL records. It’s no wonder he’s already represented in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. The jersey he wore when he made the one-handed catch seen ‘round the world against Dallas on Nov. 23 is now on display at the Hall in Canton, Ohio.

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In the last six weeks, Beckham’s 49 catches and 723 yards lead the NFL. Immediately behind him are Pittsburgh’s Antonio Brown with 45 receptions and Atlanta’s Julio Jones with 694 yards.

With 723 receiving yards in the last six games, Beckham joins Bill Groman of the 1960 Houston Oilers as the only rookies in NFL history with at least 700 receiving yards in a six-game span.

In Tennessee, Beckham totaled 11 catches for 130 yards and running back Andre Williams rushed for 131 yards on 24 carries. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the Giants were the first team in NFL history to have rookies with 130 rushing and receiving yards in the same game.
 
It was the second time this season the Giants had a 100-yard rusher and 100-yard receiver in a game. In a victory over Houston on Sept. 21, Rashad Jennings ran for 186 yards and Victor Cruz gained 107 yards on five catches.

With three games remaining, Beckham leads the Giants with 59 catches and 829 receiving yards, and he is tied with Williams and tight end Larry Donnell for the team lead with six touchdowns. Not bad for a player who missed the entire preseason and the first four regular-season games with a hamstring injury

The 59 receptions are the highest total ever by a Giants rookie wide receiver (Bobby Johnson held the old mark with 48 in 1984). The team’s rookie record for catches is 74 by tight end Jeremy Shockey in 2002. Beckham needs 16 catches - a bit more than five a game - to break the record; he is averaging 8.2 receptions in his last six games.

Beckham’s 829 yards broke Johnson’s former team rookie wide receiver mark of 795. Shockey owns the overall rookie record, but because it’s 894 yards he’ll likely relinquish it on Sunday, when the Giants host Washington.

The team’s rookie touchdown receptions record is a bit murkier. Bill Swiacki has long been considered to hold the mark with 10 in 1948. But according to Elias, Swiacki was drafted in 1946 and might have played in another league prior to joining the Giants. According to today’s rules he would not be considered a rookie. Elias used the phrase, “the most touchdowns by a Giant in his first season in the NFL.” Beckham currently trails Swiacki, Ken MacAfee (eight in 1954) and Johnson (seven), and is tied with Hakeem Nicks (six in 2009).

Beckham could be the first rookie to lead the Giants in catches, yards and receiving touchdowns since Johnson in 1984.

There’s much more to Beckham’s numerical story.

Despite missing those four games, Beckham is tied with Carolina’s Kelvin Benjamin for second among all rookie receivers with 59 catches. He trails only Miami’s Jarvis Landry, his good friend and former LSU teammate, who has 63 catches. But while Beckham has four fewer catches than Landry, he has 256 more yards.

Beckham’s 829 receiving yards are third among all rookies, behind Tampa Bay’s Mike Evans (935 yards on 57 catches) and Benjamin (848).

  • He is both the first Giants player ever and the first rookie in NFL history with six consecutive games with 90 or more receiving yards.

  • Beckham has two games this season with at least 10 catches and 130 receiving yards. He is the first rookie in NFL history to do that.

  • In addition to his 11 receptions, Beckham had a nine-yard run and threw a pass on Sunday in Tennessee. He was the first Giant to catch, run and throw in the same game since Dec. 24, 2005, when Tiki Barber rushed for 80 yards, caught six passes and, like Beckham, threw an incomplete pass. No NFL player had completed that triple play since…last week. Cincinnati’s Mohamed Sanu caught two passes, had a 10-yard run and completed a pass in a victory at Tampa Bay.

    Beckham didn’t just catch, run and throw. He also returned four punts for 49 yards. The last Giant to do all four in a game was David Meggett on Nov. 21, 1994. The coincidence is that was the last game before Sunday in which the Giants defeated the Oilers/Titans franchise. It was also the last time the Giants played a game with a seven-game losing streak against a team with a six-game losing streak. To end both the seven-game and 20-year streaks, they needed a multi-dimensional performer. In the 13-10 victory in the Astrodome, Meggett rushed for 17 yards, caught one pass, threw an incompletion and returned two punts. He had 45 all-purpose yards. On Sunday, Beckham had 188.

    Beckham was the second NFL player this season with a reception, rushing attempt, pass attempt and punt return in a game. Arizona’s Ted Ginn Jr. did it vs. San Francisco on Sept. 21.

  • As mentioned, Beckham and Williams are tied for the team touchdowns lead. The last rookie to lead the Giants (or share the lead) in receiving touchdowns in a full season was Meggett with four in 1989 (when he tied Odessa Turner). The last rookie to lead the Giants (or share the lead) in rushing touchdowns in a full season was Joe Montgomery with three in 1999.

    The last time rookies led the Giants in both categories was 1950, when Eddie Price rushed for four scores (tying him for the team lead with Choo-Choo Roberts) and Bob McChesney caught six touchdown passes.

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  • On Sunday, the Giants’ Markus Kuhn scored a touchdown on a 26-yard fumble return and Tennessee’s Marqueston Huff countered with a 23-yard interception return. It was the first Giants game in which each team scored a defensive touchdown since Oct. 7, 2007, when Aaron Ross returned an interception 43 yards and the Jets’ Kerry Rhodes scored on an 11-yard fumble return in a 35-24 Giants victory.

  • Eli Manning has thrown for 3,340 yards this year. It is his 10th consecutive 3,000-yard season, the fourth-longest streak in NFL history behind Brett Favre (18), Peyton Manning (13) and Drew Brees (11).

  • In the last two weeks, the Giants had seven sacks at Jacksonville and eight at Tennessee. It is the first time in their history they had at least seven sacks in consecutive games.

  • Rookie linebacker Devon Kennard had two sacks in each of those games. He is the first Giants player with at least two sacks in back-to-back games since Justin Tuck, who had 4.0 at Washington on Dec. 1 and 2.0 at San Diego on Dec. 8, 2013. Kennard is the first Giants rookie to do it since Jason Pierre-Paul on Nov. 28 and Dec. 5, 2010. The last Giants linebacker to accomplish the feat was Jessie Armstead on Oct. 3-10, 1999.  Kennard is the first Giants rookie linebacker with at least two sacks in consecutive games. The last NFL rookie linebacker to do it was San Francisco’s Aldon Smith in 2011.

  • Kennard, Pierre-Paul and Damontre Moore each had 2.0 sacks on Sunday against the Titans. It was the first time the Giants had three different players with at least 2.0 sacks since Set. 30, 2007, when Osi Umenyiora (team-record 6.0), Mathias Kiwanuka (3.0) and Tuck (2.0) did it. That night, the Giants set a franchise record with 12.0 sacks, all on beleaguered Donovan McNabb.
  • Pierre-Paul’s 2.0 sacks increased his career total to 36.5. That moved him past Carl Banks (36.0) and into ninth place on the Giants’ career list.
     
  • The Giants’ time of possession in each of their last three games (vs. Dallas, Jacksonville and Tennessee) was 34:39 or greater. It’s the first time they’ve owned the ball for that long in each of three consecutive games since Oct. 25-Nov. 14, 2010, against Dallas, Seattle and the Cowboys again.

  • The Giants held both the Jaguars and Titans to no more than 146 net passing yards, the first time they did that in back-to-back games since Sept. 26 and Oct. 3, 2010, against Tennessee (110) and Chicago (51).

  • After Williams’ 131-yard outing Sunday, the Giants are 44-13 under Tom Coughlin when they have an individual back rush for at least 100 yards.

  • If the Giants defeat Washington on Sunday, they will clinch third place in the NFC East.

    The Giants signed defensive tackle Dominique Hamilton to their practice squad. Last Tuesday, Hamilton was signed to the active roster off the practice squad. He was waived on Saturday, when the Giants signed defensive end/linebacker Paul Hazel, who played Sunday in Tennessee.

  • The Giants and Toyota, in partnership with the United States Marines, will hold their annual Toys for Tots holiday drive at MetLife Stadium on Sunday, when the Giants host the Washington Redskin. Fans are encouraged to bring new, unwrapped toys to any of the collection vehicles and volunteers located at each entrance to the stadium prior to the game. Uniformed Marine Corps Reserves will be on hand to assist in collecting these gifts.

    All gifts collected during the drive will be donated to Toys for Tots, the premier community action program of the United States Marines. Over the last 50 years, the Marines have distributed over 272,000,000 toys to children across the country during the holiday season.

    Since the late 1970’s, the Giants have participated in this program and hosted an annual Toys for Tots drive, helping to bring the joy of Christmas to children across the tri-state area