Odell Beckham Jr is having a phenomenal season which you know because you’re not living under a rock. The rookie star of the New York Giants did not get elected into the 2015 NFL Pro Bowl. The Pro Bowl features the best players (as voted by the fans) regardless of conference. Replacing the conference teams concept is two captains (NFL Legends) picking the two teams from the pool of players voted in. The league is trying to spin it as “fantasy football for real” which is a creative attempt to make the Pro Bowl still interesting. Knowing how the system works, was Beckham snubbed for the event?
The Wide Receivers that did make the Pro Bowl:
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- Antonio Brown (Pittsburgh Steelers)
- Dez Bryant (Dallas Cowboys)
- A.J. Green (Cincinnati Bengals)
- T.Y. Hilton (Indianapolis Colts)
- Calvin Johnson (Detroit Lions)
- Julio Jones (Atlanta Falcons)
- Jordy Nelson (Green Bay Packers)
- Demaryius Thomas (Denver Broncos)
It is hard to find fault with anybody on this list. Antonio Brown leads the league in receptions and in receiving yards; he may be the most dependable offensive weapon in the league. Dez Bryant is impossible to cover in the red zone (admit it Giants fans) this is why he has more touchdowns than any other receiver.
Dec 14, 2014; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham (13) catches a touchdown pass over Washington Redskins free safety E.J. Biggers (30) during the first quarter at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Mills/NJ Advance Media for NJ.com via USA TODAY Sports
Calvin Johnson, Demaryius Thomas, Julio Jones and A.J. Green are physically gifted in a freakish way. They all have gigantic frames that help them make impossible looking catches. They are also perfect route runners with killer speed.
Jordy Nelson and T.Y. Hilton are the favorite targets of two of footballs best quarterbacks. The Packers offense leans heavily on the versatility of Nelson who has the second most touchdowns for receivers. Hilton has an insane 16.4 yard average per reception. The fact of the matter is that the Pro Bowl includes the most productive wide receivers in football.
Beckham is phenomenal but he has not earned the Pro Bowl honors just yet. He is the biggest play maker on the Giants, but he is not yet in the category of the aforementioned list of 2015 Pro Bowl inductees. Its hard to get bent out of shape about it because Beckham is a rookie.
There is no doubt that Pro Bowls will be in his future as well as many other accolades and honors. For now, just appreciate what you have- a young wide receiver who is just beginning to show us what he can do.