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Beckham Jr’s Catch Wins Best Play

After coming off one of the most impressive rookie seasons for a wide receiver ever, Odell Beckham Jr. became a household name with impressive play after impressive play. After the number one wide receiver, Victor Cruz, went down with an injury early in the season, Beckham Jr. rose to the role of star wide receiver. His impressive play this season has left defenders in the dust, and wishing they hadn’t taken the role to cover him. His blinding skill, speed, and athleticism has propelled him to become one of the top receivers in the league.

This past season,  Beckham Jr. lead the New York Giants in almost every receiving category. But the most impressive achievement for Odell this year was his spectacular one handed touchdown catch against the rival, Dallas Cowboys. This catch is highly considered as one of the top catches in NFL history, comparable to Steve Young’s toss in the back of the end zone, and other Giants classic catch involving David Tyree in the Superbowl against the undefeated Patriots.

Beckham’s grab came while backpedaling, and being grabbed by a Cowboys defender:

Commentator Al Michaels explained it best about it being the ‘catch of the year’ and ‘the best catch he has ever seen.’ The acrobatic catch has not only mesmerized Al Michaels, but the entire country agreed that this catch was the play of the year. He won the ESPY award for best play edging out Messi. With Beckham Jr. improving over the offseason, he is expected to make more highlight reel plays his season.

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2015 NY Giants Depth Chart

With the NFL season right around the corner, teams are gearing up by filling out depth charts and prepping for what should be an exciting 2015-2016 season. With a disappointing campaign last year plagued by injuries and a tough NFC East division, the New York Giants look to get back on track to their winning ways. With various key players coming back from injury, the Giants have high hopes going into camp.

The biggest loss for the Giants last year was their Pro-Bowl wide receiver Victor Cruz. Cruz suffered a knee injury last season which slowed down the offense, but way quickly picked back up by rookie Odell Beckham Jr. The high flying, speedy target picked up the slack last season after Cruz went down finishing the season with 91 receptions, 12 touchdowns and 1,305 yards. The league should be concerned to cover the projected starters for the Giants in the wide receiver slot. Accompanying Beckham Jr. and Cruz will be Rueben Randle. These three will give defensive backs all season.

Behind center will be Eli Manning which should not come as a surprise to many. The playoff superstar is expected to pick up his performance this season with a full wide receiver core. Manning is excited to have his targets back which should open up the ground game this season.

Accompanying Rashad Jennings in the backfield this season will be Shane Vareen and Andre Williams. This powerful backfield should do very well this season due to the potential arial attack the Giants can have. Along with the running game, the defense is expected to be one of the top defenses in the league. With high expectations, the Giants are expected to head into the season with a chip on their shoulder in hopes of making a Super Bowl run again.

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Giants 2015 Draft Picks, Defense or Offense?

With the NFL Combine ending, we need to start focusing on who the New York Giants will probably be taking in the upcoming 2015 draft. They excelled with Odell Beckham Jr. last year, can they do the same this year? The Giants have been struggling in a couple of areas this season and it seems like with some new key members, they can make the turn around they need. Whenever a team official is asked, they’ll always mention that they take whoever the best player is that’s available. But anyone with a knowledge of the game will tell you that a team is always looking for whoever the best player is for the position they most desperately need is. You’re not going to draft a team of only running backs or quarterbacks. The Giants have always been Wide Receiver happy and we’ve been successful with some of the more unknown ones, hey (healthy) Victor Cruz.

Finishing at 6-10 this past season, the Giants have secured the 9th overall spot in the draft. The Giants need improvement on both the offensive and defensive line. And with no definite return date (or guarantee performance) for Victor Cruz and the inconsistency of Reuben Randle, Big Blue could definitely use some help. What are some of the picks that the Giants need?

Let’s start with the offense. We’ve been wide receiver happy for some time and for some reason this always seems to be our go to. Why not start there. Who’s available? And out of that group, who should we stick with? Pending he actually lasts to the ninth pick, my top pick will be to go with Kevin White out of West Virginia. At the combine he ran a 4.35 and at 6’3”, 215 lbs, White has remained consistent across the board and will likely remain consistent in the league. White has often been regarded as one of the most exceptional players among his counterparts. Another wide receiver making his way up the draft boards is Amari Cooper out of Alabama. Finishing the season with 71 catches, 1,727 yards, and 16 touchdowns, he would make a great follow up to Odell Beckham Jr.

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On the defensive side, the defensive end position has been on that has needed some help for a while. My top pick for this position is Shane Ray out of Mizzou. Ray has been regarded as undersized for the defensive end position, but we’ve seen some miracles happen between the combine and the draft before. He wasn’t able to perform during the combine due to an injury, but he still has until pro day to solidify his spot. Leading the SEC conference with 14.5 sacks, he’s sure to make an impact in the draft. My runner up for this position Danielle Hunter out of LSU. Danielle Hunter ran a 4.57 for the 40 yard dash, the fastest among any defensive linemen. At 6’5” and 252 lbs, Hunter finished with 13.5 tackles for loss.

Between now and the draft, a lot can happen. We’ll see what the football universe will decide to throw our way.