Giants fans haven’t had much to be happy about this season. From beginning the season with an embarrassing loss on primetime national television to dropping seven consecutive games in the heart of the season, the lack of quality and depth on New York’s roster has been evident. If there has been one saving grace, it has been the stellar play of rookie wide receiver Odell Beckham. Beckham, who in just 11 games has put together a stat sheet that any receiver would be content with over a full season, has put together a level of game-to-game consistency the league rarely ever sees from a rookie. In fact, it is production rarely seen in the league at all: should Beckham reach at least 90 yards against the Eagles, he will tie Michael Irvin’s league record of consecutive games of at least 90 yards.
Riding such a hot streak, it seems that the season coming to an end is the only thing that can stop Beckham from dominating yet another defense. Beckham however is also aware that his least productive game as a professional, a lowly 2 reception, 28 yard performance, came in his second NFL game against this Sunday’s opponent.
“I am definitely excited,” Beckham said of the Eagles matchup. “I was just getting back into it and we didn’t come out and play well. They came out and played extremely well. They did a lot of things right and we didn’t. Not revenge, but 27-0 leaves a bad taste in your mouth.”
The Giants may not be able to repay Beckham’s fantastic rookie campaign with a postseason berth, but the rookie earned himself a first alternate selection to the Pro Bowl, a huge accomplishment for the young wide out.
“To get there and to see it happen and make first alternate is a huge accomplishment,” Beckham said of his Pro Bowl selection. “Everyone was saying that I should have been in it. To me, really, I always say, ‘What God has for you no man can take.’ So if I am supposed to be in it, then I’ll be in it. If I am not, then that is motivation to work harder next year.”
The Week 17 matchup against the Eagles gives the Giants an opportunity to end the season on a high note: a 4 game winning streak and their first victory over an opponent with a winning record. It is also an opportunity to show the league that last week’s 37-point, 514-yard performance against a good Rams defense was no fluke and that this offense really does have that potential going into next season.
“The sky is the limit,” Beckham said of the team’s potential next season. “You can’t really put a limitation or expectation on it. You can see it and I think I said it earlier in the year. Victor, Rueben [Randle], Larry Donnell, Rashad [Jennings] and myself and Eli [Manning]. I think, why would you not want to have one of the best offenses in the league? As a competitor, you goal is to be the best, so I would expect everyone else on the offense to feel as if we should be the best.”
The Giants will head into the offseason looking to make improvements toward that goal, but with a special player like Beckham the potential to be one of the best may not be all that far away.