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New York Giants’ Odell Beckham Jr. Dazzles in First Pro Bowl; Makes Diving Catch: Video

January 26th, 2015 at 9:00 AM
By Dan Benton

New York Giants rookie wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. ended the 2014 regular season having managed 90+ receiving yards in nine consecutive games and he nearly made it a 10th on Sunday night. And while the game and statistics would not have actually counted towards his total, Beckham Jr. finished the day one-yard shy of that number, managing 89-yards on five receptions in his first Pro Bowl.

Of his five receptions, two of them were phenomenal catches — which is about the normal ratio for the talented rookie out of LSU. And while coming back toward the quarterback in an effort to pluck the ball away from a swarming Patrick Peterson was impressive, it was his diving 48-yard catch of an under-thrown Matthew Stafford pass that stole the offensive show on Sunday night.

"Stafford just put it out there," Beckham Jr. said. "I saw it late and it was kind of breaking left, so I just broke and dove after it and thankfully I came up with it."

And to think, Beckham Jr. managed that catch on top of everything else he did this past season despite playing with two tears in his hamstring — two tears that left him playing at about 80% and without his "extra gear."

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Giants’ Odell Beckham Jr. Admits to Playing Entire 2014 Season with Two Tears in Hamstring

January 26th, 2015 at 7:00 AM
By Doug Rush

One of the questions that fans posed after Sunday night: "is Odell Beckham Jr. even human?" That came following the comments he publicly made when he told the media during the 2015 Pro Bowl that he played the entire year with two tears in his hamstrings.

Yes, that was worded correctly. Beckham's 91-catch, 1,305 yard and 12 touchdown season that garnered him the NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year Award in 2014; was all done with tears in his hamstrings.

“I could never really have that last gear that I wanted to have,” Beckham said after his first Pro Bowl. “If you go look at the Colts game and the Philly game, every time I tried to break away you could see I’m stumbling and falling over. It’s just because my hamstring wasn’t strong enough to be able to maintain all that. It’s still something I’m working on today and I’ll keep working on throughout the offseason.”

Beckham said in late October, early November, his hamstrings were really hurting him the most, as he said he was "stumbling and falling all over the place," although in the game against the Colts on Monday Night Football, he had an eight-catch for 156 yard performance, which was coincidentally enough the game that started his nine straight games with at least 90 or more yards streak; one in which he tied the man who selected him to his team for the Pro Bowl, retired Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Michael Irvin.

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New York Giants’ Odell Beckham Jr. Puts on a Surreal Show in Pro Bowl Warmups: Video

January 25th, 2015 at 7:00 PM
By Dan Benton

New York Giants rookie wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. will play in his very first NFL Pro Bowl on Sunday night, but as he's done all season, Beckham Jr. started the show during pregame warmups. And while his one-handed catches and short field goals have become a staple of his athletic pregame displays, he stepped it up a notch while surrounding by the league's elite.

Included in Beckham Jr.'s ridiculous display were the following one-handed catches:

But Beckham Jr. would not stop there. He tapped into his long-standing love of soccer and booted a 46-yard field goal that would have cleared for well beyond 50-yards.

What can even be said at this point? The kid is remarkable.

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Team Carter Vs. Team Irvin: NFL Pro Bowl Gameday

January 25th, 2015 at 6:00 PM
By Dan Benton
NFL Pro Bowl
Jan. 25th, 2015
Team CarterTeam Irvin
Game Details
Time: 8:00 PM EDT
Stadium: University of Phoenix Stadium (Glendale, AZ)
Broadcast: ESPN
Game Conditions
Weather: None
Temperature: Controlled
Wind: None
Key Players
Andrew Luck
Jamaal Charles
J.J. Watt
Martellus Bennett
A.J. Green
Odell Beckham Jr.
Tony Romo
Jimmy Graham
Aaron Donald
Luke Kuechly
DeMarco Murray

Player/Coach Quotes:

Brandon Marshall:

"[Deion Sanders] couldn't guard me and those DB's [he] picked couldn't guard me."

Drew Brees:

"What it comes down to is just pride — pride in your effort and your performance."

Jerry Rice:

"Deion I would beat you down like the old days! We can suit up but it would be very painful for you!"

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Washington Redskins Interested in Perry Fewell as Possible Defensive Backs Coach: Report

January 25th, 2015 at 3:00 PM
By Doug Rush

On Saturday, former New York Giants defensive coordinator Perry Fewell interviewed with the San Francisco 49ers and their new head coach, Jim Tomsula, for their defensive backs job. The 49ers apparently aren't the only team interested in Fewell as well.

The Washington Redskins, who last year around this time interviewed Fewell for their head coaching vacancy, are also interested in Fewell for their defensive backs job, Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports reported.

The Redskins former defensive backs coach, Raheem Morris, interviewed for the Giants defensive coordinator job, but lost out when the team hired Steve Spagnuolo. Morris also interviewed for the Washington Redskins defensive coordinator job, but that went to Joe Barry. Morris is expected to take a job with the Atlanta Falcons as an assistant under the staff that will likely be working under future head coach Dan Quinn.

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