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Author: Jon Kuzma
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It’s no secret Odell Beckham Jr. is one of the best football players in the world. Beckham jr. only played in four games in 2017 and despite that he still has 4,424 receiving yards heading into his fifth year. When you can miss a whole season and still average 1,000 receiving yards over four seasons that says how prolific you were in the three years before the injury. If New York gets that same guy back in 2018 there’s no doubt Odell Beckham Jr. will be the Comeback Player of the Year. Evan Engram, Sterling Shepard, and Saquon Barkley are all terrific talents that will contribute a ton of plays for this offense. However not one of those guys gives the amount of output that Beckham Jr. brings to this table. Saquon Barkley might be close but right now Beckham Jr. is still the most proven and until something changes he’s bigger than Broadway. Only Kristap Porzingis or Aaron Judge can rival Beckham Jr’s stardom in NYC but truthfully it feels like Beckham Jr. is still the biggest act. Everyone wants to watch the Giants’ receiver play because of the highlight reel catches he’s had over his career. Between that and the consistency week in and week out sports fans have anointed OBJ as one of their favorite athletes. You don’t become a star like that unless people can see the monumental impact you’re making for your team. It also helps that Odell Beckham Jr. gets to play in New York which serves as a huge platform for his brand. There’s no place like the City That Never Sleeps and there’s no superstar quite like Odell Beckham Jr. He’s truly a celebrity because of pro football and definitely a frontrunner to win Comeback Player of the Year. Eli Manning is going to get Beckham Jr. the ball more than any other receiver in that offense. So you can see why all signs point to the 25 year old dominating when he returns.
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