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Inside the Numbers: Odell becomes Eli's top target

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. – With his first reception on Sunday, Odell Beckham, Jr. became the most prolific receiver of Eli Manning’s passes.

Beckham ended his injury-shortened 2017 season with 313 catches on Manning passes, which tied him with Hakeem Nicks, another former first-round draft choice – atop the quarterback’s list of receivers. The three-time Pro Bowler had 11 receptions in the Giants’ 20-15 loss to Jacksonville and has now caught 324 Manning passes. He is one of just three receivers to catch at least 300 passes from Manning, joining Nicks and Victor Cruz (303).

Beckham, however, is third in yardage gained on those receptions, though he could vault to No. 1 when the Giants play Sunday night in Dallas:

Most Receptions on Passes from Eli Manning

Table inside Article
Name Catches Yards
Odell Beckham Jr. 324 4,535
Hakeem Nicks 313 4,592
Victor Cruz 303 4,549

• The game against Jacksonville was the fifth in which Beckham has caught at least 11 passes. That places him fourth among all receivers since OBJ debuted in 2014, behind Pittsburgh’s Antonio Brown (9), Atlanta’s Julio Jones (7) and the Chargers’ Keenan Allen (6).

• Beckham’s performance was the 14th time in Giants history a receiver caught exactly 11 passes in a game. OBJ has three of those games.

• With 324 receptions, Beckham moved ahead of Nicks (318) and into ninth place on the Giants’ career list. Beckham needs four catches to pass former tight end Bob Tucker (327).

• Beckham’s 4,535 yards place him 11th in team history. He needs 15 yards to pass Cruz.

• Beckham gained 111 yards on his 11 catches, the 20th 100-yard game of his career. The Giants are 7-13 in those games. Amani Toomer holds the team record with 22 100-yard games. The Giants were 12-10 when Toomer had at least 100 receiving yards.

• Manning completed his first 11 passes against Jacksonville, tying the career high for the start of a game he set against Detroit on Dec. 18, 2016. He has also twice completed his first 10 throws in a game.

• The Giants fell to 14-25 when Manning does not throw a touchdown pass.

• Saquon Barkley became the 83rd different receiver to catch a Manning pass in the regular season.

• With his 106 rushing yards, Barkley broke a Giants record that had stood for 68 years. The previous rushing record by a Giants player in his NFL debut was 91 yards by Eddie Price at Pittsburgh on Sept. 17, 1950.

• Barkley became the 13th player since 2000 to run for at least 100 yards in their NFL debut.

• The Giants started three of their 2018 draft choices on Sunday – Barkley, left guard Will Hernandez, and defensive lineman B.J. Hill. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, it was the first time they started three draft choices as rookies in a season opener since 1997, when wide receiver Ike Hilliard, running back Tiki Barber and safety Sam Garnes all debuted.

• This is the second year in a row the Giants’ first and second-round draft choices started the opener (last year it was tight end Evan Engram and defensive tackle Dalvin Tomlinson). This is the first time in the common draft era (since 1967) the Giants started two rookies selected in the first two rounds of the draft in a season-opening game in consecutive seasons.

• The Giants started a rookie selected in the first round in season openers in consecutive seasons for the first time since it happened three years in a row from 1980-1982. The players were cornerback Mark Haynes, Hall of Fame linebacker Lawrence Taylor, and running back Butch Woolfolk.

• Blake Bortles’ 41-yard scamper for Jacksonville on Sunday was the third-longest run by a quarterback against the Giants since the 1970 merger. Carolina’s Cam Newton had a 57-yard run on Dec. 20, 2015, and Washington’s Robert Griffin III had a 46-yarder on Dec. 3, 2012.

• While Manning played in his franchise-record 217th regular-season game on Sunday, Zak DeOssie played in his 173rd, tying him with Hall of Fame linebacker Harry Carson and former defensive tackle Keith Hamilton for ninth place on the team’s career list.

• Defensive tackle Damon Harrison has the Giants’ longest starting streak, with 33 consecutive regular-season starts. Tomlinson is second with 17.

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