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National Football Post Lists New York Giants WR Odell Beckham Jr. as Rookie “Ready to Bust Loose”

June 8th, 2014 at 9:00 AM
By Dan Benton

Opinions have been mixed about New York Giants rookie wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. and what he'll produce in 2014. Mark Sessler of NFL Network previously predicted a low impact season for the LSU product, while the National Football Post recently predicted the exact opposite.

Odell Beckham, WR, New York Giants: The Giants lost Hakeem Nicks in free agency so now they need someone to play opposite Victor Cruz. First round draft choice Odell Beckham is just the man. While everyone feels that Clemson’s Sammy Watkins was the best receiver in this draft, Beckham may have the more productive rookie campaign.

Watkins is playing with a still unproven E.J. Manuel at quarterback in Buffalo. Beckham has Eli Manning. Yes, Manning is coming off an uncharacteristically poor year, but look for him to rebound. With a receiver who possesses the athletic traits of Beckham, Manning should bounce back easily.

According to reports, the Giants have been using a lot of three wide receiver formations in OTAs with Beckham and fellow LSU teammate Rueben Randle playing out wide and Cruz in the slot. With Cruz drawing a lot of double coverage, I’m looking for Beckham to come up big.

The one potential issue Beckham has to deal with is a tight hamstring that recently cropped up — an issue that head coach Tom Coughlin says might keep him out for a little while. How long a "little while" turns out to be could make a huge difference for both Manning and the rookie.

Either way, Beckham should be more than ready come Week 1 and in order for the Giants to be successful, he has to produce. So one way or another, the ball is going to be coming his way.


Tags: Eli Manning, Football, New York, New York Giants, NFL, Odell Beckham Jr., Rueben Randle, Sammy Watkins, Tom Coughlin, Victor Cruz

4 Responses to “National Football Post Lists New York Giants WR Odell Beckham Jr. as Rookie “Ready to Bust Loose””

  1.  fanfor55years says:

    I expect Beckham to have a good season. But thanks to the size of the Giants’ receivers it seems to me that both Randle and the tight ends MUST have good seasons for this team to reach it’s potential. It’s perfectly okay having a group of short receivers (someone tell Steve Smith short receivers cannot succeed in the NFL, and Jerry Rice was no giant), but it sure helps to have some guys who can go up and get the ball, or take advantage of height mismatches with the defensive backs.

    It’s very much time for Randle to step up. And Robinson needs to do so too. It’s good news that Fells has surprised folks in practices but he’s a pretty pedestrian player and it’s really Robinson who has to become the threat.

  2.  T-Thom97 says:

    Ugh a tight hammy….is this something to worry about? I just feel like it’s always something. It is very early though. This team is under the radar. We have made improvements everywhere especially the offinsive line! The 2ndary became faster and more athletic as well. And the linebackers…. I’m excited. This team will make the playoffs and will go 10-6 with a division win

    •  Krow says:

      Given our history with mishandling hamstring injuries I’d say it’s a good bet this haunts him the entire season.

  3.  GIANTT says:

    I think the most important part of this equation is going to be Eli . The receivers , and I include TEs and backs , are going to get their shots I think because Eli is going to make the short reads and will be MUCH happier with the shorter passing game in a WINDY Metlife stadium . Those INTs that came because of the wind holding up the ball will disappear and Eli managing the game because of ALL the short options he will have , will definitely change the look of the offense .

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