First things first, I have looked at Odell Beckham Jr.’s stats from last season and I will say that they are very impressive. In 2014, Beckham Jr. was named to the Pro Bowl and won the AP Offensive Rookie of the Year. In 12 games, he had 91 catches for 1,305 yards and 12 touchdown receptions. As a comparison, Dez Bryant in his rookie year had 45 catches for 561 yards and 6 touchdowns. Beckham Jr. has a ton of talent, but I believe he is extremely overrated.
I am not taking away any of Beckham Jr.’s accomplishments. He has set many NFL rookie records, which is an incredible feat. However, the media has painted Odell Beckham Jr. as the greatest receiver of our generation. One highlight to blame is Beckham Jr.’s one handed catch versus the Cowboys. Yes, this was an amazing catch considering Beckham Jr. was interfered with and caught the ball with literally three fingers, but the touchdown reception really did not matter in the grand scheme of things. The Giants ended up losing the game 31-28. The only highlights that really matter are the ones that win games.
The touchdown reception was instantly hailed as the catch of the year. At the end of the season with the help of none other than ESPN, Beckham Jr. set the record for the most one handed catches in one minute. His record of 33 catches has since been broken. I wonder where ESPN got the idea for this challenge. Also during the offseason, Beckham Jr. beat out Rob Gronkowski to be the cover athlete for Madden 16. At least Beckham Jr. will save Gronk from the “Madden Curse,” so thank you, Odell. Odell Beckham Jr.’s claim to fame is his one-handed touchdown grab. He was a nobody before making the catch.
I’m not saying Odell Beckham isn’t a good receiver because he probably is or will be one of the best in the league at some point. But, for now, Odell Beckham Jr. is overrated.
By Matt Nadworny