Giants: Beckham Jr. setting the rookie standard
It’s difficult to remember that Giants rookie WR Odell Beckham Jr hadn’t made his NFL debut by the start of October. A lingering hamstring injury forced him out of the first four games of the season, prompting some to wonder whether 2014 would be a lost year for the LSU product. However since his Week 5 debut, Beckham Jr. has showcased his jaw-dropping athleticism, producing a series of highlight reel plays on his way to the finest season by a rookie wide receiver since Pro Football Focus began keeping records.
Since 2007, the highest receiving grade recorded by a rookie wideout in their inaugural season was the +12.1 posted by the Chargers’ Keenan Allen in 2013. Allen’s 118.1 WR Rating, and Percy Harvin‘s 2009 mark of 2.31 Yards per Route Run (YPRR) were also rookie receiver record marks in their respective categories.
With one game remaining in the 2014 season, Beckham is primed to overtake all three rookie records. In his 11 games thus far, Beckham Jr. has 79 receptions for 1,120 yards and 11 touchdowns. This performance has netted him a +17.0 receiving grade, a WR Rating of 132.5, as well as an average of 2.63 YPRR. An impressive résumé that merits serious consideration for Offensive Rookie of the Year honors.