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By: Brendan Schick
Who is the best wide receiver in the National Football League? Most people would agree that Antonio Brown is the current receiver king with minimal disagreement. Brown has dominated the NFL receiver scene since 2013. His ability to stay healthy and consistently produce quality game after game slots him in as the NFL’s best. But who is the second best receiver in the National Football League? Valid arguments could be made for players like Julio Jones, AJ Green, and Odell Beckham (and others), so let’s analyze the statistics of these three players from the beginning of the 2014 NFL season (Beckham’s rookie season) to this past season (2017):
A. Brown: 61 games played, 472 receptions, 6,349 receiving yards, 44 touchdowns
J. Jones: 61 games played, 411 receptions, 6,317 receiving yards, 23 touchdowns
AJ Green: 60 games played, 329 receptions, 4,874 receiving yards, 35 touchdowns
O. Beckham: 47 games played, 313 receptions, 4,424 receiving yards, 38 touchdowns
In my opinion, Odell Beckham is the second best receiver in the league. Julio Jones and AJ Green are both very talented receivers, and there are many more receivers in the league that are worthy of consideration, but Odell’s output with a smaller sample size of games best supports my argument. Odell missed the first four games of his rookie season due to a hamstring injury, the first game of the 2017 season due to an ankle sprain suffered in a preseason game, and Week 6 to the end of the 2017 season due to a fractured ankle. He has played significantly less games than Jones and Green, however remains only 26 receptions and 450 yards behind Green and 15 touchdowns AHEAD of Jones! Odell Beckham was able to rack these stats up and he’s missed basically an entire season of his career due to injury. What were he to put up had he been healthy in 2017? That can only be left up to the imagination. The uncertainty of how Odell will perform after his ankle surgery is the only reason holding the Giants back from offering Odell Beckham a long-term contract extension. Odell Beckham’s three best traits; speed (1+2), footwork (3+4), and catching ability (5+6) can be shown by clicking the attached YouTube links:
Odell Beckham has earned his money. He has shown that when he is on the field, he puts up stats at a rate that Antonio Brown puts up. He is the second-best receiver in the NFL, and the New York Giants would be foolish to trade Beckham or let him walk in free agency. He is a special talent that needs to be kept around for the pursuit of the franchise’s fifth Lombardi trophy.
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