2016 Season Outlook: Odell Beckham Jr.

The Giants top offensive weapon could be in store for a historic campaign.

Odell Beckham Jr. has already established himself as a superstar in the NFL after just two seasons. The New York Giants struck gold when they drafted Beckham Jr. out of LSU with the 12th overall pick in the 2014 NFL draft. He was named AP NFL Offensive Rookie of Year after playing only 12 games in 2014, and was named to the Pro Bowl in each of his two seasons. He holds the NFL record for both receptions (187) and receiving yards (2,755) in a player’s first two seasons, along with numerous other receiving records.

Beckham proved in his sophomore season that his rookie campaign was no fluke. He caught 96 passes for 1,450 yards and 13 TDs in 15 games. He continued to build on his spectacular rookie season, routinely making incredible acrobatic catches and burning defenses deep for long touchdowns. He is the only player with three touchdown receptions of 80 yards or longer in the last two seasons. Beckham's 2015 season is even more impressive when you consider the fact that opposing defenses consistently sent double-teams at him as he was the only real offensive threat that the Giants had.

His outlook for 2016 should project even better than his first two seasons. He is unquestionably Eli Manning's number one target, and a guy whom opposing defenses need to create their entire gameplan around. With another year in Ben McAdoo's system under his belt, Beckham can expect to increase his success as he becomes more comfortable in this offense. He has improved in each of his two NFL seasons, and there is no reason to believe that he has reached his ceiling.

 If Beckham can play all 16 games in 2016, I think it would be fair to project him for 110 catches, 1600 yards, and 14 touchdowns. In comparison, Antonio Brown, whom many believe is the top wideout in the NFL was able to haul in 136 catches for 1834 yards and 10 touchdowns last season. Brown is a 6 year veteran, while Beckham will be entering his 3rd season, so it is reasonable to expect him to continue to elevate his already gaudy statistical numbers

Beckham has quickly established himself as a top 5 wide receiver in the league, and many may argue that he is already top 3, behind only Brown and Atlanta Falcons Julio Jones. The sky's the limit for Beckham in 2016 and beyond, and it would surprise no one to see him become the unquestioned top wideout in the NFL.

 


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