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Odell Beckham Jr. wins 2014 PFWA Rookie of the Year

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. – Odell Beckham Jr. today received a pair of awards from the Professional Football Writers of America (PFWA), which could be the start of an honors-filled offseason for the Giants' record-setting wide receiver.

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Beckham was selected the NFL's 2014 Rookie of the Year and 2014 Offensive Rookie of the Year in voting conducted by the PFWA.

The 12th overall selection in the 2014 NFL Draft from LSU, Beckham set franchise rookie records with 91 receptions for 1,305 yards and 12 touchdowns in only 12 games. His 108.8 yards-per-game average was a Giants record and the highest figure by a rookie in NFL history. He led the league in receiving yards in each of his last six contests, the longest streak ever by a NFL rookie. Beckham had 130, 143, 148 and 185 yards in his last four games to become the first NFL rookie to have four consecutive 100-yard games since Pittsburgh's Jimmy Orr in 1958. He also had 10 or more receptions in a game four times, the first rookie in NFL history to accomplish the feat.

Beckham is the first Giants player to be selected Offensive Rookie of the Year. He was the only Giants player selected on the PFWA's All-Rookie team. The other receiver on the team is Tampa Bay's Mike Evans.

St. Louis Rams defensive tackle Aaron Donald, who led all NFL rookies in sacks with 9.0, was selected as the 2014 Defensive Rookie of the Year.

Beckham is one of five finalists for the Pepsi NFL Rookie of the Year Award, which will be announced in Phoenix on January 31, the night before Super Bowl XLIX.

2014 PFWA ROOKIE OF THE YEAR: WR Odell Beckham Jr., New York Giants
2014 PFWA OFFENSIVE ROOKIE OF THE YEAR: WR Odell Beckham, Jr., New York Giants
2014 PFWA DEFENSIVE ROOKIE OF THE YEAR: DT Aaron Donald, St. Louis Rams

2014 PFWA ALL-ROOKIE TEAM

Offense
QB – Teddy Bridgewater, Minnesota Vikings
RB – Jeremy Hill, Cincinnati Bengals; Tre Mason, St. Louis Rams
WR – Odell Beckham Jr., New York Giants; Mike Evans, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
TE – Jace Amaro, New York Jets
C – Corey Linsley, Green Bay Packers
G – Joel Bitonio, Cleveland Browns; Zach Martin, Dallas Cowboys
T – Taylor Lewan, Tennessee Titans; Ja'Wuan James, Miami Dolphins

Defense
DL – Aaron Donald, St. Louis Rams; Timmy Jernigan, Baltimore Ravens; Kony Ealy, Carolina Panthers; Justin Ellis, Oakland Raiders
LB – Chris Borland, San Francisco 49ers; Khalil Mack, Oakland Raiders; C.J. Mosley, Baltimore Ravens
CB – Kyle Fuller, Chicago Bears; E.J. Gaines, St. Louis Rams
S – Deone Bucannon, Arizona Cardinals; Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, Green Bay Packers

Special Teams
PK – Cody Parkey, Philadelphia Eagles
P – Pat O'Donnell, Chicago Bears
KR – Jarvis Landry, Miami Dolphins
PR – De'Anthony Thomas, Kansas City Chiefs
ST – Trey Burton, Philadelphia Eagles

  • The Giants signed two players to reserve/future contracts, defensive back Trevin Wade and offensive lineman Emmett Cleary.

Wade, 5-11, 186, has played in 15 regular season games – 12 for the Cleveland Browns in 2012 and three for the New Orleans Saints the following season. He also played in two postseason games for the Saints in 2013.

Cleveland selected him in the seventh round of the 2012 NFL Draft from Arizona, the 245th overall selection. He was credited with 11 tackles (eight solo) that season.

Wade was waived by the Browns on Aug. 28, 2013 and signed by the Saints on Nov. 18. He was released by New Orleans on Aug. 30, 2014 and signed the next day to the Saints' practice squad. Wade was waived on Sept. 16 and signed to the Detroit Lions' practice squad on Nov. 3. His practice squad contract expired yesterday.

Cleary, 6-7 and 324 pounds, was signed as a rookie free agent from Boston College by the Indianapolis Colts on April 30, 2013. He was waived on Aug. 31, 2013.

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers signed Cleary to their practice squad on Oct. 16, 2013 and to a reserve/future contract on Jan. 6, 2014. Cleary was waived on June 17 and awarded the following day to the Oakland Raiders, who released him on Aug. 25. Cleary was signed to the Cincinnati Bengals' practice squad on Sept. 16 and spent the rest of the season there.

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