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Beckham played through two hamstring tears all season

Odell Beckham announced that he played with two tears in his right hamstring through all 12 games of his breakout rookie season (NBC Sports, Jan. 26).

“They healed up enough to where I could play with them, but they were never truly good and I’m still just working on them and trying to get ready,” Beckham said. “I should be good by training camp. The plan is to play at full strength next season, and I definitely hope to do it. I’m just looking forward to getting healthy.”

While he only played in 12 games, he recorded 91 catches for 1,305 yards and 12 touchdowns.

Beckham made five catches for 89 yards in the Pro Bowl on Sunday (SNY, Jan. 26).

John Fennelly, Lead Writer

After missing the first four games, the frustration began to overcome both Beckham and the Giants. Both parties decided this was the healthiest he was going to get.

“I will be ready. I feel better than I have been feeling. Just keep pushing it and keep going forward,” Beckham said the week of the Giants’ win over Atlanta – his NFL debut.

“You have to let [the injury] get behind you and not let it mess with your head, but that is something that is hard when it reoccurred the way it did. Then you hear this, that and the other. It is just something that is always in your ears. For me, the biggest thing was blocking it out and just studying the playbook and trying to move forward on the game plan.”

He moved forward, alright. Right into NFL history.

The team was 2-2 going into the Atlanta game in Week 5 and it looked like they could make a season of it. Although they won that game, they wouldn’t make a season of it as they lost every game over the next two months.

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Beckham puts on Pro Bowl show

The Giants’ Odell Beckham Jr. had five catches for 89 yards, including a memorable 48-yard reception, and was on the winning side as Team Irvin defeated Team Carter 32-28 in the Pro Bowl Sunday in Glendale, Ariz.

Beckham was the third-leading receiver in the game, behind the Lions’ Golden Tate and Steelers’ Antonio Brown, who both had 98 yards (Tate on two catches, Brown on six).

Before the game, Beckham kicked a 45-yard field goal. The feat was more impressive because the NFL was using narrower goalposts. The Colts’ Adam Vinatieri struggled with the setup, missing two extra points and a field goal.


Links: AP recap | Box score

NFL Pro Bowl: Beckham creating buzz and collecting awards

John Fennelly, Lead Writer

Giants’ WR Odell Beckham, Jr. has been named The Sporting News NFL Rookie of the Year. (Sporting News, Jan 23).

USATSI_8225434_110579513_lowresBeckham, the 12th overall selection n the 2014 NFL Draft out of LSU, comes from a family of athletes and attended Isadore Newman High School in New Orleans – the same high school that Eli and Peyton Manning attended.

“Peyton and Eli were back in town a couple years ago, and went up to Newman to work out,” Archie Mannng told Sporting News. “They asked if they could put a couple of receivers out there to throw to. Odell was sophomore then, and Eli said at the time ‘This is a pretty good looking little receiver.’ I don’t think they knew he would be that good.”

Well, he is. Beckham is currently at the Pro Bowl in Arizona where he will represent Team Irvin, named for HOF WR Michael Irvin vs Team Carter, headed by another HOF WR, Cris Carter.

Beckham will go head to head against one of the league’s top cornerbacks, Arizona’s Patrick Peterson.

“It’s a pleasure to watch him work, it really is,” Peterson said Wednesday night after the 2015 Pro Bowl Draft at the Arizona Biltmore Resort as per Giants.com. “Not only in the NFL, but when he was at LSU, I’m always watching LSU football. So to see the growth, the strides he has taken throughout his young college career and now to his young NFL career, it’s definitely an honor to be part of.” To read more of this story, click here

Giants Super Bowl records and trivia

John Fennelly, Lead Writer

The Super Bowl is rapidly descending upon us and, sadly, the Giants won’t be participating. But that doesn’t prevent us from having a little fun with trivia from the games the Giants have played in.

We all know that QB Phil Simms had a day to remember in Super Bowl XXI:

  • Highest passer rating, game, 150.92 – Phil Simms – New York Giants vs. Denver, XXI
  • Highest completion percentage, game, (20 attempts), 88% – Phil Simms – N.Y. Giants vs. Denver, XXI (25-22)

In Super Bowl XLVI, QB Eli Manning set a record when he completed his first nine passes to start the game.

Giants head coach Tom Coughlin is the oldest coach to win a Super Bowl (65 yrs, 158 days, SB XLVI).

In Super Bowl XLVI, punter Steve Weatherford set a record for the most punts inside 10 yard line, game, with 3.

The Giants played in the tightest SB ever: Smallest margin of victory, 1 point: New York Giants vs. Buffalo, (20-19), XXV.

In Super Bowl XXI, the Giants set the mark for the most points in the second half of play with 30. The trailed the Broncos, 10-9, at the half before rallying to win, 39-20. To read more of this story, click here

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Beckham high on Irvin’s list for Pro Bowl

NFL Hall of Fame receiver Michael Irvin took the Giants’ Odell Beckham Jr. with his fourth-overall pick, as Irvin and fellow Hall of Famer Cris Carter picked sides Wednesday for Sunday’s Pro Bowl in Glendale, Ariz. (NFL.com, Jan. 21).

Beckham was the third wide receiver chosen — Carter took the Steelers’ Antonio Brown as one of his two captains, then took the Bengals’ A.J. Green with his second pick.

Irvin took Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo with his first pick. Irvin’s captains are Dallas running back DeMarco Murray and Bengals cornerback Joe Haden.

2015 Free Agency: Giants not likely to dive deep

John Fennelly, Lead Writer

Free agency is one way to quickly turn your fortunes around in the NFL these days. The Giants thought they had a banner offseason in 2014 when they scored RB Rashad Jennings, OL Geoff Schwartz and CB Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie in free agency.

NFL: Houston Texans at New York GiantsUnfortunately, Schwartz played just one game, Jennings missed five and started in only nine. DRC battled through several ailments to have a solid season, but overall the team’s 2014 UFA crop was a bust.

This year, the Giants figure to be less aggressive in free agency, still having not realized last year’s gains as of yet. As per the team’s CEO, John Mara, the priority will be retaining some of their own free agents, most notably DE Jason Pierre-Paul and safety Antrel Rolle.

Looking at the current active contracts, the Giants shopping list this spring will be smaller. They have 52 players under contract, so there isn’t a lot of wiggle room on there roster considering they will also have a half-dozen draftees to deal with.

Of those 52 players, 30 will be playing in the final year of their respective deals. Some of those players the Giants will be seeking to extend such as QB Eli Manning and WR Rueben Randle.

But there are some in that group the team may not be planning on retaining, players that might be overpriced such as  DE Mathias Kiwanuka and some that have not panned out like TE Adrien Robinson and CB Jayron Hosley.

Basically, the core is set for 2016. In fact, it’s still being formed. With a top-10 draft slot this spring, the team will look to build on that young core and the FA additions and retentions already in house.