The 2015 Pro Bowl provided NFL and New York Giants fans alike one last opportunity to see Odell Beckham Jr. shine during his breakout and record setting rookie season. Even when he is not on the field making acrobatic one-handed catches, Beckham has the ability to make headlines.
During an interview with the New York Post after the 2015 Pro Bowl, Beckham stated that the hamstring injury that caused him to miss the first four games of the season lingered throughout his rookie campaign and was revealed to be two tears in his right hamstring.
They healed up enough to where I could play with them, but they were never truly good and I’m still just working on them and trying to get ready. I should be good by training camp. The plan is to play at full strength next season, and I definitely hope to do it. I’m just looking forward to getting healthy
So how much better could Beckham be next season if he is 100 percent? Let’s put his 2014 NFL season into perspective.
Amidst another disappointing season that had the New York Giants finish with a losing record of 6-10, Odell Beckham Jr. provided a much-needed spark. Drafted with the 12th overall pick in the 2014 NFL Draft out of Louisiana State University, Beckham had a record-breaking rookie season that could end with him being awarded the 2014 Offensive Rookie of the Year.
Thrust into the national spotlight with a one-handed touchdown catch against the Cowboys on November 23rd, 2014, Beckham dazzled NFL audiences with his speed, freak athleticism, and improbable and sometimes superhuman catching ability.
During the 2014 season, Beckham amassed 91 receptions for 1,305 yards and 12 touchdowns. What makes those stats even more eye-popping is that Beckham not only missed the first quarter of the season due to injury, but started the year slowly with only 44, 28, and 34 receiving yards in his first three games, respectively – as well as 3 total touchdowns.
However, Beckham ended the season on a high note, setting a number of New York Giants records along with a few NFL Records to boot.
- With twelve catches and 185 receiving yards against the Philadelphia Eagles to end the season, Beckham became the first rookie in NFL history – and the first New York Giants player – with multiple twelve-catch games in a season.
- Beckham finished the season with 91 receptions, 1,305 receiving yards, and 12 touchdowns, all New York Giants rookie records.
- His rookie season ended in four straight games with at least 130 receiving yards and one touchdown per game. He is also the first NFL rookie to have even three such consecutive games.
- Beckham averaged 108.8 receiving yards per game, creating a new NFL rookie record as well as a New York Giants record for average receiving yards per game in a season; this surpassed the previous average of 96.0 yards per game in a season set by Victor Cruz in 2011.
- Beckham finished the season with his ninth straight game of at least 90 yards receiving, tying the NFL record with Michael Irvin set back in 1995.
While Odell Beckham Jr. has already showed his ability to captivate the National Football League and shatter expectations as well as existing NFL and New York Giants records, one of the most promising features of this young athlete has been his ability to provide hope for New York Giants fans. With the emergence of Beckham in 2014 and hopefully the resurgence of a healthy Victor Cruz in 2015, fans have something to be excited about for the upcoming season.