He may not be Hakeem Nicks, but Odell Beckham Jr. needs to match his production if the New York Giants plan for a bounce-back season.
Beckham Jr. was a luxury pick for the Giants in the 2014 NFL Draft. The Giants had some pressing needs on the defensive and offensive lines, but there was something about Beckham Jr. that was too hard to pass up. It was an interesting pick for the Giants because they have a similar player at the No. 1 wide receiver spot named Victor Cruz. Most teams like to have a balance at wide receiver, but Cruz and Beckham Jr. are of the similar mold. I don’t think that it is necessarily a bad thing, but with tall and athletic freaks like Calvin Johnson and Brandon Marshall taking over the NFL it makes for an interesting Cruz, Beckham Jr. combo.
In 2013, the Giants seemed lost on offense, and a big reason why was the offensive line. Even with a lackluster offensive line the Giants’ wide receivers still managed to put up solid seasons. Cruz was two yards shy of 1,000 yards and Jerrel Jernigan began to come into his own. Granted, the Giants receivers weren’t great by any means, but they were still pretty solid all around and weren’t the reason why the Giants struggled.
If Big Blue wants to improve on the 2014 season, I think Beckham Jr. needs to start the regular season with a bang. Beckham Jr. and Cruz need to take the pressure off of Eli Manning by getting open and making plays. The Giants’ offensive line still is a question mark going into this year, so other players need to step up and cover up that weakness. If Beckham Jr. takes a long time adjusting to the NFL I think the Giants will have a hard time in 2014. Beckham Jr. has the talent to be the new Robin next the Batman in Cruz, and it’s just a matter of him getting on the field and proving his worth of a top-20 pick in the NFL Draft.