At this point pretty much every person outside of North Korea has seen the catch, but Odell Beckham, Jr. did a lot more than that in his spectacular rookie season. The twelfth overall pick in the 2014 NFL Draft out of Louisiana State caught 91 passes for 1,305 yards and 12 touchdowns in just a dozen games. Averaging over a hundred receiving yards a game earned Beckham a Pro Bowl appearance and the AP Offensive Rookie of the Year award for 2014.
So what can we expect from the New York Giants star in his sophomore season? Well first we have to look at Beckham’s production in 2014. 1,305 yards and 12 touchdowns in twelve games extrapolates to 1,740 yards and 16 touchdowns over a full sixteen game season. 91 catches in twelve games would come out to over 120 catches in a full year. Those numbers would have put Odell Beckham, Jr. at the top of the entire league in 2014.
Is it possible for Beckham to put up those numbers? Certainly, but it is unlikely. With a mediocre running attack, an inconsistent quarterback (sorry Eli), and the return of Victor Cruz at wideout, putting up All-Pro numbers will be tough for Odell Beckham, Jr. However, a player with Beckham’s talent (insane hands and excellent after-the-catch production) in a passing league can put up big numbers. It’s happened many times before.
At the end of the day, expect 100+ catches, over 1,500 yards, and around 15 touchdowns from the rookie star next season. Even so, the Giants aren’t going anywhere soon with the Philadelphia Eagles and Dallas Cowboys holding onto the top of the NFC East (sorry again Eli).