Odell Beckham driven to be NFL's top WR

The New York Giants may have landed the steal of the 2014 NFL draft, but Odell Beckham Jr. isn't satisfied with just a stellar rookie season. Instead, the second year pro aims to become the league's top pass-catcher.

Odell Beckham Jr. plans on improving upon his outstanding season he had last year, where he won offensive rookie of the year after catching 91 passes for 1,305 yards and 12 touchdowns. In addition, Beckham will be featured on the upcoming cover of Madden.

One of the things that fuels Beckham Jr. is competition. OBJ is a part of a stellar rookie wide receiver class, which is one of the best ever seen, and that competition is something that fuels him.

“I think he thrives on challenges.” Wide Receivers coach Sean Ryan said, “You go out to Seattle and it is him versus Richard Sherman. I think that is what makes that guy tick. He is a true competitor.”

Ryan describes one way he motivated and challenged Beckham each week.

“Last year, we would do a thing where every Friday I would give him a listing of the rookie receivers because it was a heck of class of rookie receivers. How many catches and yards and touchdowns they had, and certainly Week 5 he was down at zero and the other guys were up there.”

Beckham did a great job trying to catch up to those other rookies, and at the end of the year, he was the rookie leader in receiving yards, and catches, and tied Tampa Bay Bucs WR Mike Evans for touchdowns among rookies. He finished in the top 10 in the NFL in all of the above categories.

However, at times last season, the same competitiveness that drove him to greatness hurt the team. Most notably during the game against the St. Louis Rams. Beckham Jr. was hit out of bounds well after the play. He reacted strongly, and a brawl ensued. There are challenges that come with coaching such a talented player with such a fiery personality. Coach Ryan talked about helping Beckham remain composed during games without losing his fire and passion.

He says, “In a lot of ways, that passion and that energy makes him special.” Ryan goes on to say it is a fine line to walk that comes with possibly taking away his recklessness at a price of taking away that passion that makes him elite.

A lot of the best athletes have this passion and fire that gives them the edge. Kobe Bryant, Michael Jordan, Randy Moss, Pete Rose have all toed the line between being overly aggressive while maintaining their tenacity.

Beckham has the tools and the drive to be one of the top receivers in the NFL for a long time. His competitiveness is mostly a blessing, but it can be a curse from time to time. However, Ryan states that he isn’t worried about Beckham’s production going down at all. When asked if he was worried if teams won’t be caught off guard he said, “By the time we played these teams in games 12-16, teams knew who he was. He wasn’t catching them by surprise then. His productivity was still outstanding.”


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Odell Beckham Jr. plans on improving upon his outstanding season he had last year, where he won offensive rookie of the year after catching 91 passes for 1,305 yards and 12 touchdowns. In addition, Beckham will be featured on the upcoming cover of Madden.

One of the things that fuels Beckham Jr. is competition. OBJ is a part of a stellar rookie wide receiver class, which is one of the best ever seen, and that competition is something that fuels him.

“I think he thrives on challenges.” Wide Receivers coach Sean Ryan said, “You go out to Seattle and it is him versus Richard Sherman. I think that is what makes that guy tick. He is a true competitor.”

Ryan describes one way he motivated and challenged Beckham each week.

“Last year, we would do a thing where every Friday I would give him a listing of the rookie receivers because it was a heck of class of rookie receivers. How many catches and yards and touchdowns they had, and certainly Week 5 he was down at zero and the other guys were up there.”

Beckham did a great job trying to catch up to those other rookies, and at the end of the year, he was the rookie leader in receiving yards, and catches, and tied Tampa Bay Bucs WR Mike Evans for touchdowns among rookies. He finished in the top 10 in the NFL in all of the above categories.

However, at times last season, the same competitiveness that drove him to greatness hurt the team. Most notably during the game against the St. Louis Rams. Beckham Jr. was hit out of bounds well after the play. He reacted strongly, and a brawl ensued. There are challenges that come with coaching such a talented player with such a fiery personality. Coach Ryan talked about helping Beckham remain composed during games without losing his fire and passion.

He says, “In a lot of ways, that passion and that energy makes him special.” Ryan goes on to say it is a fine line to walk that comes with possibly taking away his recklessness at a price of taking away that passion that makes him elite.

A lot of the best athletes have this passion and fire that gives them the edge. Kobe Bryant, Michael Jordan, Randy Moss, Pete Rose have all toed the line between being overly aggressive while maintaining their tenacity.

Beckham has the tools and the drive to be one of the top receivers in the NFL for a long time. His competitiveness is mostly a blessing, but it can be a curse from time to time. However, Ryan states that he isn’t worried about Beckham’s production going down at all. When asked if he was worried if teams won’t be caught off guard he said, “By the time we played these teams in games 12-16, teams knew who he was. He wasn’t catching them by surprise then. His productivity was still outstanding.”

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