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The Rookie Report: Giants vs. Rams

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The Giants' 2014 rookie class once again shined in Sunday's 37-27 road victory over the St. Louis Rams and did so in all three phases of the game.


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From Odell Beckham Jr.'s record-setting performance to Kerry Wynn intercepting a pass and Nat Berhe recovering a fumble on a kickoff return, the first-year pros have made major contributions down the stretch this season, giving the team plenty to look forward to in the coming years.

Here we look at those players in the Giants' Week 16 Rookie Report:

WR Odell Beckham Jr., 1st Rd.

Week 16: Beckham had eight catches for 148 yards and two touchdowns, including an 80-yard catch-and-run that was the Giants' longest play from scrimmage this season.

2014: In the process of setting franchise records for most catches, receiving yards and touchdowns by a rookie, Beckham's 79 receptions are the most in NFL history for a player in his first 11 career games.

Coach Coughlin: Odell Beckham, who had eight catches for 148 yards and a long of 80. [He] continued his outstanding play...

We will continue to try to teach him, without taking away from his ability and his excitement and the obvious lift that he brings. Here is a kid that runs the entire length of the field with every ball in practice. It is one thing to see someone do that and then it is such an outstanding example for everyone else, but that is the kind of energy and excitement that he brings to the enjoyment of playing. That is there and it is there full-time. You want that. Now the exuberance, if it goes too far, obviously, it is not a good thing, so we will continue to work with him.

G Weston Richburg, 2nd Rd.

Week 16: Richburg made his 14th start in 15 games at left guard as the offense, helping to pave the way for 514 total yards (128 rush) against a St. Louis defense that had not allowed a touchdown in three straight games, including back-to-back shutouts in Weeks 13 and 14.

2014: Richburg started the first 10 games of his career and now the last four for the Giants. Eli Manning has been sacked just twice in the last three games. Meanwhile, the run game has been up and down, totaling 128 yards against the Rams after having just 49 against the Redskins.

DT Jay Bromley, 3rd Rd.

Week 16: Bromley suited up for his fifth straight game and played 11 snaps on defense. He did not record a tackle.

2014: Playing in seven games with no starts, Bromley has five total tackles this season on a defense that has 24 sacks in the last four weeks.

RB Andre Williams, 4th Rd.


Week 16:** Williams again started in place of Rashad Jennings, who was out with an ankle injury, and had 26 carries for 110 yards (4.2), including a 45-yard run in the third quarter.  It was the second 100-yard game of his career, the first coming in Week 14 against Tennessee, where he had 131. 

2014: Sunday was the sixth start for Williams, who has played in every game this season and has 202 rush attempts for 678 yards (3.4) and six touchdowns. Williams also has 15 catches for another 111 yards.

Coach Coughlin: You saw a couple of really good, young running backs. The Rams with [Tre] Mason and Andre Williams, who played well for us and displayed some powerful runs. He did an outstanding job there.

S Nat Berhe, 5th Rd.


Week 16:** For the second week in a row, Berhe had a big impact on special teams. He recovered a fumble by Benny Cunningham on a kickoff return and later brought him down at the Rams' 10-yard line on a another kickoff. 

2014: Berhe has played in all 15 games this season, recording 14 tackles on defense in addition to 11 on special teams.

LB Devon Kennard, 5th Rd.

Week 16: Two weeks after being named the NFC Defensive Player of the Week, Kennard had four solo tackles in the victory over the Rams.

2014: Kennard has started the last six games for the Giants, piling up 43 tackles and 4.5 sacks.

DE Kerry Wynn, Undrafted


Week 16:** Wynn hit the trifecta with a sack, an interception and a late fumble recovery, in addition to three solo tackles against the Rams.

2014: The undrafted rookie out of Richmond earned his first career appearance in Week 13, and since then, he has 14 tackles and 1.5 sacks.

Coach Coughlin: Kerry has been with us a long time, all through training camp. He impressed us all the way. Much of that was you never hear the guy say much. He just plays hard. He loves to play. He has a unique ability, in my opinion, to be in the right spot at the right time. That is what he displayed yesterday. It is a dream for a defensive lineman to have an interception and also to have that late fumble recovery. I was very nervous even then with two minutes to go. He did come up with that as well. He played solid for us in there. His presence is felt. He holds his gap. He is a powerful young man and he is just going to keep on getting better as he goes along.

RB Orleans Darkwa, Undrafted (originally signed by Miami)


Week 16:** In addition to forcing the special teams fumble that Berhe recovered, Darkwa later notched his first career touchdown on a 12-yard run in the second quarter. He finished with 21 yards on four carries and also had two receptions for 17 yards.

2014: After playing four games this season for the Dolphins and landing on their practice squad, Darkwa signed with the Giants on Nov. 12.

Coach Coughlin: If you want to talk about Orleans Darkwa, here is a young man who impressed us very much right away when he came to us because I would continue to check with Craig Johnson, our running backs coach, about, what do you think about [Darkwa] and how is he doing. He picked things up very fast. I think the level of confidence was recognized by the fact that he was inserted many times in the game on third down against a team that has a very, very complicated pressure and blitz package and he was able to go in and help us in that regard as well.

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