Off the Top: OBJ

Odell Beckham Jr. is on an inescapably impetus course to becoming the greatest wide receiver of all time.

In just three seasons, Beckham is the fastest player to record 100 (14 games), 150 (21 games), 200 (30 games) and 250 career receptions (38 games).

He is the fastest player to reach 3,500 career receiving yards, most games with 125-plus receiving yards in first three seasons, and he’s the only player in NFL history to log 1,300-plus yards in less than 12 games—he is a P R O B L E M—and he is still in his infancy stage.

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Beckham can line up on the outside, the slot, and he’s also lined up in the backfield. He’s a 5-foot-11 human contortionist with super saiyan hair, 4.3 speed and a go-go gadget arm that snatches 60 mph fast balls out of heaven while he pirouettes like a ballerina to stay in-bounds.

He is a boogieman to every defensive back that lines up with him and a headache to every coordinator who attempts to keep him from turning the secondary into a shooting range.

And Beckham’s number stand the test of time.

288 receptions 4,122 yards 35 touchdowns 14.3 YAR      Beckham Jr.

200 receptions 3,575 yards 40 touchdowns 17.9 YAR      Rice

226 receptions 4,163 yards 43 touchdowns 18.5 YAR      Moss

Two of the three receivers on this list are widely considered as the modern day era’s best two wide outs ever, Randy Moss and Jerry Rice—the other is Beckham.

Beckham’s numbers hold their own with two of the greatest ever even though he doesn’t have two Hall of Fame quarterbacks or stand at 6-foot-4-inches.

By the end of his career, there will not be too many records that he hasn’t completely annihilated. But winning in the regular season and the postseason while posting these numbers will be a key factor to him ultimately winning the debate.

Last season after partying in Miami with fellow Giant’s receivers, Beckham put up a dud at Lambeau Field. He had just four receptions for 28 yards, catching only 36 percent of his targets in the biggest game of the year.

But he has plenty of time to remedy his recent postseason failure—he’s only 24-years-old.  In Randy Moss’s third year he caught just two balls for 18 yards on seven targets. And in Rice’s first three postseasons he registered a combined 10 receptions for 121 yards.

The bottom line is Beckham has time to move the needle on the greatest of all time discussion. This is just the prologue to a career that can make the other all-time greats look like footnotes.

 

Featured image for this post courtesy of USA Today

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