Ever since Odell Beckham Jr. stepped onto an NFL field for the first time 2 seasons ago, he made his presence felt. Everyone was eager to see him finally play a game after missing all of training camp and the first four games of his rookie year due to hamstring problems. Beliefs were starting to accumulate that he would be just another one of those talented players whose career got shortened due to a never-ending list of injuries. Giants fans were praying that he wouldn’t become a bust. Jerry Reese and the Giants couldn’t afford that. But the truth was that he was a mystery. Nobody knew how he would perform for the Giants. He could either become what fans were starting to believe, or he could dominate and fulfill expectations. I think it’s safe to say that the latter happened and then some.
Once he finally hit the field, Odell immediately began to light up the field every Sunday, breaking NFL records left and right and breaking record after record. Year two was no different. Beckham topped off his historic rookie campaign with another stellar season, making himself a top player in the NFL. Heading into year three, it remains to be seen if Odell can mature more and become the clear-cut best receiver in the NFL. But I believe he’s already that.
When it comes to deciding who the best receiver in the league is, the wide speculation as of now is Antonio Brown of the Pittsburgh Steelers, and rightfully so. Brown is a fantastic wide receiver, able to do it all and put up jaw-dropping stats almost every week. But Odell has shown enough in his first two seasons to take the crown off of Brown and place it upon his curly blonde hair. And for plenty of reasons.
When it comes to the first two seasons of Odell compared to the first two seasons of Brown, there is no competition. Brown has produced a very below average 1,275 receiving yards on 85 receptions and only managed to score 2 touchdowns. Yeah, you heard me, 2 touchdowns. Odell on the other hand, has obviously been phenomenal. He produced 2,755 receiving yards on 187 receptions and has scored 25 touchdowns. Oh yeah and he missed 5 games in the process. Another receiver who many say is better than Odell and some even Brown is Julio Jones of the Atlanta Falcons. But compared to Odell’s statistics, Jones is yet another victim. In Jones’ first two seasons, he put very good numbers and much better numbers than Brown, but they still are inferior to Beckham’s. Jones gained 2,157 receiving yards off 133 receptions and scored 18 touchdowns. Those are elite numbers, but they don’t reach the same level as Beckham’s numbers. There is nobody in the NFL today, or NFL history for that matter, that has statistics better than Beckham’s throughout the first two seasons of their NFL careers.
Now, I know what you’re thinking: Why are you comparing the stats of the first two seasons? What does that have to do with the kind of numbers Brown and Jones are putting up today? Well I’m glad you asked, imaginary voice in my head. I did this for two reasons. One reason is that these past two seasons are Beckham’s entire career so far, so there isn’t anything else to compare when bringing up Beckham’s stats. The other reason is that if Beckham is putting up numbers in his first two seasons that are similar to the kind of numbers Brown and Jones are putting up now, in their seven-and-six-year careers, just imagine the kind of numbers Odell will be putting up then, barring any major injuries. If he consistently puts numbers like he has the past two seasons, he can possibly go down as the greatest wide out in NFL history and definitely have a shiny-gold bust waiting for him when he gets enshrined into Canton.
Off the field, Odell is in a class of his own. From “The Catch” to his hair, which seems to get bigger everytime you look at it, he is a marketing machine. Not only that, but he has become one of the most popular athletes in any sport, let alone the NFL. He no doubt can and should be the face of the league, and it’s only a matter of time before that happens. I mean, come on, this guy goes from replacing Troy Polamalu as the new face of Head and Shoulders to chilling with Khloe Kardashian at Drake’s house. He was on the cover of Madden as a rookie for crying out loud! His success off the field just simply cannot be matched. Combine his superb ability on the field with his fame off it and he is already on a whole other level, and he’s only 23 years old.
Odell should also be considered the best wide receiver in the league due to his passion and the raw emotion he puts out during games. People may say that makes him look annoying and complaining baby, but let’s be real. At times it can come across as annoying, but overall that makes Odell look like a fierce competitor who has such a passion for the game of football that he is determined to be the best ever. If you don’t believe that you obviously haven’t watched him play. This is a guy who was ranked NUMBER 10 OVERALL in the Top 100 Players of 2016 and was upset about how low he was ranked. He even tweeted out telling everybody to watch out this season. For Giants fans that is super exciting, for everyone else, you better have Odell triple covered. Ho doesn’t that exemplify his passion? I know that every player has passion for the game, Brown and Jones no exception, but if you watch Odell on the field you would understand what I’m talking about when I say few people, if any, can match his passion.
Beckham is just simply phenomenal. He has it all. From his massive hands, to his magnificent route running, to his yard-after catch ability, elite speed, insane body control, celebrity status, the list goes on and on. He has it all. He is the complete package. This guy is a superstar, and something the league hasn’t seen since Randy Moss. Brown and Jones are fantastic, but Odell is the best. I know people will disagree, but if you focus on the present and the future, Odell is hands-down the best wide receiver in the NFL.