Jewish Voice readers got a special treat last week when one of our local Giants’ players won a special honor. Rookie wide out Odell Beckham Jr out of Louisiana State University, received a pair of awards from the Professional Football Writers of America (PFWA), which could be the start of an honors-filled offseason for the Giants’ record-setting wide receiver.
Beckham was selected the NFL’s 2014 Rookie of the Year and 2014 Offensive Rookie of the Year in voting conducted by the PFWA. He missed the first four games of the season due to injury. But he made up for that time with several eye popping high lights.
The 12th overall selection in the 2014 NFL Draft from LSU, Beckham set franchise rookie records with 91 receptions for 1,305 yards and 12 touchdowns in only 12 games. His 108.8 yards-per-game average was a Giants record and the highest figure by a rookie in NFL history. He led the league in receiving yards in each of his last six contests, the longest streak ever by a NFL rookie.
Beckham had 130, 143, 148 and 185 yards in his last four games to become the first NFL rookie to have four consecutive 100-yard games since Pittsburgh’s Jimmy Orr in 1958. He also had 10 or more receptions in a game four times, the first rookie in NFL history to accomplish the feat. The highlight of his young career came on a Sunday night game at home against the division rival Dallas Cowboys. Beckham made a phenomenal 1 handed no look outstretched arm touchdown catch which made it on all of sportscasts highlight reels.
Beckham is the first Giants player to be selected Offensive Rookie of the Year, and was the Giants’ only player to be selected on the PFWA’s All-Rookie team. The other receiver on the team is Tampa Bay’s Mike Evans.
The New York Giants go into the offseason trying to revamp the roster for a serious playoff run. After back to back subpar season, the heat is on management and the coaching staff to get big blue back on the winning track. Recently both general manager Jerry Reese and head coach Tom Coughlin were retained for at least one more season. Other on the coaching staff like defensive coordinator Perry Fewell who won a Super Bowl ring with the Giants, was shown the door.