In his rookie season Odell Beckham Jr. became one of the biggest stars the NFL has to offer. The rookie receiver had 91 receptions for 1,305 yards and 12 touchdowns and he missed the first four games. Think about that for a second. That kind of production is unheard of from a rookie receiver and it earned him the rookie of the year award as well as the chance to be the cover player for the newest Madden video game.
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Will there be a reality check for the dazzling receiver; will he fall into the dreaded sophomore slump?
The answer is no. This is a player that is only going to get better. As long as he avoids injuries there is nothing that can stop a young and promising player like Beckham Jr. from developing into a once in a lifetime kind of talent. Beckham Jr. will avoid the downfall many players suffer in their second season.
Nov 23, 2014; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham (13) catches a touchdown pass over Dallas Cowboys cornerback Brandon Carr (39) during the second quarter at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports
Beckham Jr. has a lot going for him. The Giants have a lot of offensive talent around their second year receiver. Victor Cruz, Larry Donnell and Rueben Randle will merit a lot of attention from defenses. If defensive coordinators make it their mission to make Beckham Jr. a non-factor, Cruz will light them up like a Christmas tree.
Beckham Jr. is a great receiver that can leap up and make some incredible catches. He is the master of the one handed catch; he may just be 5-11 but nothing is out of his reach. Beckham Jr. runs great routes and creates so much separation that he is often wide open against good cornerbacks.
There is only so much you can do from a strategic standpoint, Beckham Jr. is just too good to be stopped on a regular basis. With the help around him and his incredible talent he will be even better in his second season.