Last week vs the vaunted Seattle Seahawks' secondary, coined the "Legion of Boom" for their ability to slam and shut down wide receivers, Beckham caught seven passes for 108 yards highlighted by a 44-yard grab in which he burned the most famous player of the group, CB Richard Sherman.
After the game, Sherman called Beckham "a great player"and "the real deal" drawing accolades from pundits around the league. From NFL.com:
NFL Media's Daniel Jeremiah told NFL NOW, "If you don't get a hand on Odell Beckham off the line of scrimmage ... he will get on top of any corner. Arguably the best corner in the NFL (Sherman) could not run with Odell Beckham in the open field."On Wednesday, Beckham had a huddle with reporters and was asked about Sherman's comments.
Beckham -- despite missing the first four games of the year -- has an outside shot to climb back into the Offensive Rookie of the Year derby. Jeremiah already ranks him above Sammy Watkins and Mike Evans.
"I think long-term, just because of his dynamic skill set," Jeremiah said, "I think he's a more polished route-runner than either one of those guys -- I think he'll end up being the best wide receiver in this entire draft class, and that's saying a lot."
"It does mean a lot. Coming from a guy like that," the Giants' top draft pick said. "Just [being able to] be on the field and battling and competing with one of the best in the league, what more could you ask for?"
Beckham has been wowing fans for years with his athletic ability but perhaps his best attribute is that he never lets the praise go to his head.
"You have to take it with a grain of salt," he said. "They put on their shoes the same way we do. A guy like that, being out there and competing with him, there was no better feeling than that."
He has amazing dexterity and concentration and a knack for catching the football with one hand. He was asked if practiced that during pregame drills.
"It something that I have always done. Catching the ball with one hand is something you just have to practice," he said. "The opportunity sometimes presents itself and you know you want to be prepared. That is one of those things that I have been doing for a long time. [Miami Dolphins WR and former LSU teammate] Jarvis Landry and I would always do that every day in practice. We wouldn’t compete but we would see who could make the most ridiculous catch. He has some of the best hands I have been around, hands down."
This week, Beckham will go against a another of the league's top secondaries in the NFL. They are surely doing their homework on him, but unlike a lot of rookies, he's done homework on them as well.
"Both of those guys, [Chris] Culliver and [Cox] are great cornerbacks. They have great speed. Athletic guys. It is definitely going to be a great matchup and something I am looking forward to going against the 49ers, one of the premier teams in the league."
Although he is not to blame, the Giants have not been quick starters in games this year. When they have scored first, they've won.
"We need to get off to a fast start for sure. You can’t get off to a fast start and not finish it," Beckham said. "I think the thing for us is finishing, no so much the fast start. Just being consistent throughout out the game and eliminating the little mistakes that we make and that we have been consistently making that hurt us in key drives in the game."
The Giants will continue to have their struggles this season, but one thing seems certain. Even if the team becomes unwatchable down the stretch, Beckham's presence will assure they will be worth watching.