New York Giants WR Odell Beckham
At some point I expect Odell Beckham to be featured like a first round pick should. He drew a pass interference penalty with the game on the line, along with 4 grabs for 44 yards and a score in his debut.
The positives while the rookie was sidelined:
The G-Men rank 8th in scoring, 3rd in first downs, and 5th on 3rd downs. They are riding a 3-game streak to a 3-2 record, a game behind the Philadelphia Eagles and Dallas Cowboys in the NFC East.
Eli Manning threw 3 TDs and 4 interceptions in the first 2 games. Since then, the last 3 games he’s recorded a triple-digit QB rating and a 8:1 TD:INT ratio.
Victor Cruz found his groove, averaging 15 yards each connection. On the down side, he leads the NFL with 5 drops.
Rueben Randle caught a couple scores. He has been the possession receiver, nothing more, nothing less.
Larry Donnell is runnning with the opportunity to start, leading the Giants with 25 receptions, 18 first downs, and 4 touchdowns.
The reasons they need Beckham’s playmaking ability:
They are middle of the pack in terms of passing and rushing yards.
When it comes to big plays, which are runs for 10+ yards or passes for 20+ yards, they are tied for the 8th fewest.
Adding in the amount of big plays the defense has given up, they are again tied for 8th with a -12 differential.
Having a playmaking receiver obviously boosts the passing attack, and he provides the vertical threat they’ve been missing. It also spreads the field to give the ground game more space to operate. Manning has shown us his inconsistency over the years, leading the league in picks for a few of those including last season. The O-line is missing some key players to begin with, so the absence of Rashad Jennings’ pass-protection will be missed, although his status is week-to-week. Cruz has been hot and cold, he had 6 drops last season and is already one away from that mark. Randle won’t blow the top off a defense, and there’s only a small sample size on Donnell, an undrafted free agent. There’s a reason they felt the need to draft a receiver with the 12th pick in the draft.
When Jennings returns, he will remain key to the offense. He does everything for them: runs for positive yards, pass blocks well, and is a good receiver out of the backfield. Beckham should play his way into more snaps quickly and has been reported to be the apple of Manning’s eye at practice this week. Beckham and Cruz should form an outstanding tandem.