With Victor Cruz going down for the season, the Giants found themselves suddenly leaning on Odell Beckham, Jr. -- or the hope of ODB Jr. anyway. How could the rookie, who didn't practice as a member of the Giants until late September, make that kind of impact?
He's apparently just that talented, because he is. Much of Beckham's 156 yards on Monday night came during garbage time as New York got blown out 40-24, so no one's trying to claim he kept the Giants in what was a blowout game.
But he looks the part of a talented NFL wideout, even if you're only watching him make bananas one-handed catches during warmups.
Oh nothing, just Odell Beckham Jr making one handed catches in warmups https://t.co/jMgLXeXowU— CJ Fogler (@cjzero) November 4, 2014
Beckham managed eight catches (a 19.5 yards-per-catch average) on 11 targets and while he didn't score, he did begin to establish himself as Eli Manning's primary target with Cruz missing and Reuben Randle locked down by Colts cornerback Vontae Davis.
This isn't the first time we've seen Beckham make a ridiculous grab when it didn't "matter" for statistical purposes either. Check this snag on a kickoff while he was at LSU.
Given where Eli's accuracy looks right now (scattershot), having a guy with this kind of catch radius could pay huge dividends as they keep developing chemistry.