Although the 2014 NFL season just officially wrapped up a few days ago and millions of fantasy football owners worldwide are either champions of their respective leagues or lamenting a season of poor decisions and injuries (like myself), we all know we just can’t get enough football. We also can’t get enough of Odell Beckham and what he did last year is something he can only build on for next season.
That is why we here at GmenHQ.com want to quench your thirst for football because we are fans too and we know what it’s like to endure months without our favorite sport. So what we are doing is giving you a head start on the 2015 football season by giving you early projections for your favorite New York Giants players.
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In this piece I will take a look at the man, the myth, the legend that is Beckham. Easily the most explosive playmaker on the Giants as well as the entire NFL, he took the league by storm despite missing the entire preseason and first four weeks of his rookie year.
That didn’t stop Beckham from quickly developing a connection with Eli Manning and torching defenses week after week. Beckham finished 2014 with an astounding 91 receptions for 1,305 yards, 12 touchdowns and even made the Pro Bowl.
Beckham has become a household name in record time thanks to his speed, agility, and some of the best hands in the game. Beckham is an extremely smart and passionate player with great ball skills and crisp route running.
His confidence makes it even more amazing that he was a rookie in 2014. Beckham should have no problem putting up similar, if not better stats in 2015 and beyond for that matter.
With the impending return of Victor Cruz to the Giants lineup, Beckham should have more opportunities to make plays because it will become that much harder to account for both playmakers on the field. A healthy Beckham will also have four more games than last season to put up stats and he could possibly be even faster if his claims of him playing injured the entire season are true.
Yes, defenses will definitely look to pay more attention to Beckham, but he still has an overwhelming amount of talent that is very rare in football players and should be able to make plays across the field.
The Giants will also look to bolster their offensive line this offseason and if they do, it means more time for Manning to throw which leads to even more time for defenses to try to cover Beckham, Cruz, and Rueben Randle who came on strong towards the end of 2014. Good luck with that.
A healthy Rashad Jennings also helps Beckham because a solid run game will add another dimension to the Giants offense and will keep defenses on their heels which will, you guessed it, create more opportunities for Beckham and the rest of the receiving corps.
Beckham is maturing quickly and will have a full offseason and training camp to get healthy and hone his craft to become an even more polished player. He will also get into an even better rhythm with Manning and the other Giants receivers who will all have another season in the team’s new offense which will make Big Blue look much more fluent and efficient on offense.
So as you wait for August like the rest of us for our football fanatics, it would be wise to put Beckham in the top five receivers for 2015 and for your fantasy football guys out there, look to target him mid to late first round or early second round. He will put up number one receiver numbers and will be an elite, must own fantasy football option in 2015.
2015 Projection: 113 receptions, 1410 yards, 15 touchdowns (plus one passing touchdown because hey, you never know with Beckham, he may even kick a field goal!)