Odell Beckham Jr. already broke out.
Then why did NFL Network name him the No. 1 breakout wide receiver of *this *season? Because the reigning AP NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year has even more to show after missing the first quarter of his debut campaign.
"Listen, what did he miss, four games last year and came out and basically lit the league on fire," NFL Media analyst and 11-year wide receiver Nate Burleson said. "A lot of people remember that big-time catch, but I actually studied this man. He can run great routes. You see him versus bump coverage getting off the ball, high-pointing the ball, and [he made] one of the most amazing plays we've ever seen at the wide receiver position."
Beckham, who was drafted 12th overall out of LSU by the Giants in 2014, caught 91 passes for 1,305 yards and 12 touchdowns in 12 games, including his backwards, one-handed grab against Dallas in Week 12 that launched him into another stratosphere.
However, "The Catch" only scratched the surface.
Beckham became just the second player in NFL history to record at least 90 receiving yards in nine consecutive games, joining Pro Football Hall of Fameer Michael
Irvin, who accomplished the feat in 1995.
"Not only that, you've got Victor Cruz coming back, which is going to be a great complement," Burleson added. "So now these defenses have to make a decision: do you want to single one of these individuals and give them a chance to run all over the field? And not to mention, there's another offseason where Eli Manning can work with his receiver and work on that chemistry. So if I know Eli like I know Peyton [Manning], they're going to be working all offseason so they can do exactly what they did -- but not four games into it but the very first game of the season."**|
- Amari Cooper, Oakland Raiders
- Jordan Matthews, Philadelphia Eagles
- Davante Adams, Green Bay packers
- Martavis Bryant, Pittsburgh Steelers
- Odell Beckham Jr., New York Giants
Check out photos of WR Odell Beckham Jr. from the 2014 season