Odell Beckham Jr has become a house hold name in his rookie season with the New York Giants. With 79 receptions, 1,120 yards and 11 touchdowns this season, he has emerged as a front runner for Offensive Rookie of the Year. He is historically good having the most success a Giants rookie receiver has ever had. What makes him so special? It is a rare combination of physical ability, masterful route running and a high football IQ that allows him to terrorize any secondary.
The physical ability is obvious. Beckham is both fast and acrobatic. He can leap up and make circus catches, just ask anyone who has tried to cover him. He has incredibly soft hands and is the master of the one-handed catch. I have not seen someone with such amazing hands since the great Cris Carter retired. People are still buzzing about his Week 12 catch against the Dallas Cowboys. You know, the insane one that many think is the best catch of all-time.
Dec 21, 2014; St. Louis, MO, USA; New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham warms up before the game between the St. Louis Rams and the New York Giants at the Edward Jones Dome. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports
Beckham does not play like a rookie. He runs perfectly precise routes. The most impressive part of his route running skills is that he can make sharp cuts and changes direction without losing speed.
He is hard to cover in man-to-man coverage because he gives nothing away by the way he runs the route.
Beckham understands coverage and how to beat each one. He does not just burn cornerbacks and safeties because of his physical ability but also how he uses it.
What really excites about Beckham is that this is his rookie season; he is still learning and developing as a player. The sky is the limit for the rookie receiver who seems to spark the entire team with every one of his big plays. The Giants found an instant star in him a consistent receiver who is a shockingly polished receiver for a rookie.