Before joining the Cleveland Browns last offseason, star wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. developed into an elite talent in the league in his first five years with the New York Giants. However, that tenure didn’t exactly end on the best of terms that led to the trade. All of that was once again quite evident by a recent post from the team on social media.
Odell Beckham Jr.’s Giants career
Beckham Jr. entered the NFL in the 12th overall pick in the 2014 draft as a promising prospect out of LSU.
Although the start to his rookie campaign was delayed due to a hamstring issue, Beckham Jr. quickly took off with what turned out to be a historically productive first year as he posted an incredible 91 catches for 1,305 receiving yards and 12 touchdowns in only 12 games played.
That saw him set numerous NFL records in his rookie year as he has the all-time marks with six games with at least 125 receiving yards, most receptions at home (52), most receiving yards in a month (606), highest average receiving yards per game (108.8), and is the only player to have 1,300 receiving yards in 12 or fewer games played.
It set the table for a highly productive stretch of seasons with the Giants as he garnered at least 90 catches, 1,300 receiving yards, and 10 touchdowns in each of his first three seasons, which at the time was an NFL record. His 2017 campaign was cut short after a broken leg, but he bounced back in 2018 and battled through injuries to garner 77 receptions for 1,052 receiving yards and six touchdowns.
During his five-year stretch with the Giants before being traded, Beckham Jr. earned three Pro Bowl selections, two second-Team All-Pro nods, and NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year. Beyond that, he also set the NFL records for the fastest player to reach career receptions marks from 100 on through 250 while being the fastest to reach 4,000 and 5,000 career receiving yards.
Giants show pettiness regarding Odell Beckham Jr.
It’s well known that things didn’t exactly end on the greatest of terms between the Giants and Beckham Jr. that led to him being traded last offseason.
There was some evident internal friction between both sides that only further gained traction publicly. The Giants once again made that much apparent on Thursday morning with a graphic that they posted on their social media platforms that notably left Beckham Jr. off their list of wide receivers.
Although it’s just a fun and interactive graphic for the Giants fans to utilize, the pettiness is there to leave off the star wide receiver. It’s hard to put the likes of Hakeem Nicks and Sterling Shephard over Beckham Jr. as he accomplished much more during his time with the franchise at a historic pace.
It shows that there is still some uneasiness from the Giants even to acknowledge him despite his impressive production over five seasons.
Odell Beckham Jr. should be acknowledged by the Giants
The Giants may not want to acknowledge it publicly, but Beckham Jr. was a huge part of their attraction during his tenure.
He had established himself as one of the premier talents in the league. There were shortcomings on an off the field from Beckham Jr. that caused some internal friction, but it’s hard to deny even including him in that post as it gives off the impression that he didn’t even exist.
Through it all, he was once a member of the team that had a significant role in their offense and one point their long-term future. At the very least, the Giants can recognize what he accomplished during his time with the franchise.