Athlete of the Week: Odell Beckham Jr. the Prodigy
I was recently eating lunch over at my buddy’s house when his dad and I got into an argument over whether Odell Beckham Jr. will be the rookie of the year this season. He argued that there is no way that Odell could be the rookie of the year after missing the first four games of the season. I wholeheartedly disagreed with this statement and was thoroughly aggravated. Anyone who thinks that Beckham isn’t this year’s ROTY is being outright disrespectful. This week proved that, and it’s why I’m giving the Prodigy, OBJ, Athlete of the Week. Additionally, I would even go as far as to say that in the last ten games not only has he been the best rookie in the league, but he has been the best wide receiver in the league. Period. Ever since Odell came back from his hamstring injury, he has been a complete stat sheet stuffer, and as the title of one popular show featured on ESPN states, Numbers Never Lie. Beckham has an astonishing nine touchdowns through ten games, not to mention that he made what was arguably one of the best catches of all time. Against the Titans, given they are atrocious, Beckham scored three touchdowns and put up 143 yards. It was the guy’s tenth game in the pros ever! According to ESPN fantasy football for standard scoring leagues, Odell is ranked 7th among all wide receivers placing him above as Calvin Johnson, AJ Greene, DeSean Jackson and more. Odell is also first among all rookies in this same category; once again, all of this has been done in only ten games. The guy is putting up freakish numbers, and let’s be honest, he’s the only thing on the Giant’s offense that people are worried about. The guy isn’t just an athlete, too, he’s a playmaker in the true sense of the word. In the last ten games, Odell Beckham has chipped in with 47 first downs for the otherwise stagnant Giant’s offense. That kind of production and playmaking, game-breaking ability is what every coach dreams of having. To conclude, the potential is endless for this unreal athlete; I mean the guy only needs three fingers to catch the ball.