The list of talented wide receivers in the NFL is filled with big names but Odell Beckham Jr (above) is moving to the top of that list. The former LSU Tiger wide out has not only broken onto the NFL scene since being drafted last season but has jumped into the class of elite receivers.
Beckham who continues to find his way on to highlight reels with his spectacular catches contributed a few more big plays this week. In a game the New York Giants needed to win to stay tied with the Washington Redskins and Philadelphia Eagles, Beckham showed up not only to make the highlight reels but to also lead them to a win.
One of those plays came in the fourth quarter with the game tied at 24, Eli Manning (above) connected with Beckham on a 84 yard touchdown grab to give the Giants a 31-24 lead. On the play, Beckham simply took advantage of a very bad Dolphins secondary running right down the field for an easy score.
Beckham’s first touchdown grab came earlier in the game as the Giants receiver made sure to tap both his feet in bounds in the side of the end zone. As the final whistle sounded, Beckham finished the game with seven catches for 166 yards and two touchdown passes.
Through his first 25 games, Beckham has pulled in 176 catches for 2,625 yards and 24 touchdowns. Prior to his Monday Night performance, Beckham had already eclipsed the 154 catches Anquan Boldin posted through his first 25 games. Since his return in week 5 last season after missing the first four games only Antonio Brown, Demaryius Thomas and Julio Jones had more catches in that stretch.
Along with the catches, Beckham’s receiving yards over his first 25 games is most in NFL history. His two touchdown grabs pushed him ahead of Bob Hayes and Randy Moss (above) for most touchdowns over their first 25 games only landing him behind Billy Groman who had 27 in that same stretch.
The big question this week is can the Carolina Panthers slow down the talented wide receiver or will Beckham add to his brilliant start to his career?
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