WR Odell Beckham Jr. is back in the "Top 100 Players" for the fourth consecutive year:
The question is never if Odell Beckham Jr. will make the "Top 100" in any given year; it is just a matter of how high he goes.
As it turned out, injury is the only thing that can ground the three-time Pro Bowl wide receiver. Beckham came in at No. 77 in the third installment of the "Top 100 Players of 2018" on NFL Network. For the eighth consecutive season, current NFL players voted to determine the list, which NFL Network is revealing each week with 10 players per episode from now through June 25.
In the wake of his breakout rookie season, defined by "The Catch" against the Cowboys, Beckham has made the "Top 100" every year since. He was ranked No. 8 last year, breaking his previous record (No. 10 in 2016) for the highest finish of any Giant. Last season, he was one of four Giants to earn a spot on the list, the most for the team since boasting five players in the wake of winning Super Bowl XLVI.
This year, Beckham joins two-time Pro Bowl safety Landon Collins (No. 92) so far as the Giants' 2018 representatives.
Beckham, who missed the season opener in Dallas because of an ankle injury suffered in the preseason, played in four games in 2017 before fracturing his ankle against the Chargers in Week 5. He finished with 25 receptions for 302 yards and three touchdowns.
Despite the truncated campaign, his first without at least 1,300 yards, Beckham still managed to break a few records. With nine receptions against the eventual Super Bowl champion Eagles in Week 3, he set the NFL record for the fewest number of games (45) needed to reach 300 for a career. Anquan Boldin held the old record of 47 games.
Beckham also surpassed Victor Cruz to move into 10th place on the franchise's all-time receptions list with 313. Hakeem Nicks (318) is the next Giant in his sights.
If Beckham's comeback goes as scheduled, it's safe to say he will land a little higher in 2019. At the Giants' bonus voluntary minicamp leading up to the draft, Beckham did some individual work as he continues to rehab his surgically-repaired ankle.
"It's terrific," Shurmur said at the time. "We all know what a great player he is. He is making progress to getting fully cleared. You can see he looks lively and is involved. He is taking all the mental reps that he can. It is great. It is great to see all of our players out there and all of them healthy as we get ready for September."
Regarding the No. 1 spot, Tom Brady dethroned Cam Newton last year to top the list for the second time (2011) since its inception. Other past winners are J.J. Watt (2015), Peyton Manning (2014), Adrian Peterson (2013) and Aaron Rodgers (2012).
Here are past Giants representatives in the "Top 100" over the years:
2018: WR Odell Beckham Jr. (No. 77), S Landon Collins (No. 92)
2017: WR Odell Beckham Jr. (No. 8), S Landon Collins (No. 28), CB Janoris Jenkins (No. 54), DT Damon Harrison (No. 96)
2016: WR Odell Beckham Jr. (No. 10), QB Eli Manning (No. 47)
2015: WR Odell Beckham Jr. (No. 32)
2014: S Antrel Rolle (No. 72)
2013: QB Eli Manning (No. 43), DE Jason Pierre-Paul (No. 55), WR Victor Cruz (No. 58)
2012: DE Jason Pierre-Paul (No. 24), QB Eli Manning (No. 31), WR Victor Cruz (No. 39), DE Justin Tuck (No. 62), WR Hakeem Nicks (No. 90)
2011: DE Justin Tuck (No. 60), S Antrel Rolle (No. 68), G Chris Snee (No. 77)
Giants.com looks at Giants in the "Top 100" over the years.