Oct 5, 2014; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham (13) fall into the end zone after a touchdown catch against the Atlanta Falcons during the second half at MetLife Stadium. The New York Giants defeated the Atlanta Falcons 30-20.Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports
Hello, Giants Nation.
Recently, your first round draft pick was promoted to starter on offense. That’s right, according to Giants.com and this story titled, Odell Beckham Jr. moves to starting WR in new Depth Chart, and it’s exactly what happened. Check out this blurb from Dan Salomone:
"The rookie first-round draft choice, who actually made his first start last week when the Giants opened with three wide receivers in Philadelphia, is now listed with the first team following Victor Cruz’s torn patellar tendon that he suffered in the aforementioned game. Cruz underwent successful surgery on Tuesday to repair the injury and was placed on season-ending injured reserve. Beckham, who had been dealing with a hamstring issue, made his NFL debut in Week 5, catching the go-ahead touchdown from Eli Manning in a victory over the Falcons. In Philadelphia, Beckham added two catches for 28 yards, bringing his two-game season total to six catches for 72 yards (12.0 average). He is one of two rookies listed as starters. The other is Weston Richburg, who has started all six games at left guard this season after the Giants drafted him in the second round."
Obviously, this is bad news in that Victor Cruz has been lost for the season. And in general, GMEN HQ sends out well wishes to TEAM VIC:
And, that’s basically what it comes down to. Who’s ready for Sunday?
For this post, Odell Beckham Jr. definitely needs to be ready. It’s been widely reported that OBJ told Cruz he had his back after he was injured:
That story from SI has this quote from OBJ:
"“I told him, I said, ‘Big Bro, I’ve got you.’ I have to step up,” Beckham said. “All of the receivers have to step up. The offense. Everybody on the team has to step up. I just told him, I said, ‘I got you’ because he’s had me since Day One. That’s the only thing that I feel like is the right thing to do — play for him.”"
After reading those words, how are you feeling Giants Nation?
All throughout the offseason, Odell struggled to remain healthy. His hamstring injury was not allowing him to practice and some of the more vocal fans in team BLUE were crying “bust” as stories like the one from this tweet were making their rounds in NegativePredictionsTown, USA:
Of course, once the young rookie scored his first touchdown, that talk calmed a little. Against the Eagles, OBJ had a couple catches. But against the Cowboys this weekend, it will be a whole new scenario for the former LSU stand out.
It’s too early to say whether or not it will work, but for the Giants 3-3 situation vs the Eagles and the Cowboys being at 5-1… it had better work. Nevertheless, for Odell Beckham Jr., he’s being thrust into a starring role with the New York Football Giants.
What do you think, Giants Nation, will he succeed this weekend against the Cowboys?