5. The Giants’ Odell Beckham Jr. is primed to become comeback player of the year
Last year was plagued with high-profile injuries—JJ Watt, Andrew Luck, Aaron Rodgers. But the Giants’ wide receiver is healthy—and ready to light up defenses again with his impossibly graceful catches.
Most fans have a love or hate relationship with Odell Beckham Jr. Part arrogant asshat, part self-assured superstar, the 25-year-old wide receiver has been involved in no shortage of drama since entering the league in 2014, including a widely viewed video in March that showed him in bed with a Parisian woman—while smoking a blunt and eating pizza. Whatever you think of OBJ’s antics, however, there’s no question he’s electric on the field, and there seems little reason to doubt he’ll bounce back from an ankle break that landed him on injured reserve last year.
For starters, he has already shown that he can rally after a setback. During his rookie season, a hamstring injury forced him to miss training camp, preseason, and the first four regular-season games. OBJ not only recovered but also went on to log 91 receptions, 12 touchdowns, and 1,305 receiving yards—breaking all sorts of records. And by all accounts, he looked as good as new in minicamp this year, helping to squash doubts about whether he’ll make a full recovery.
What’s more, with Giants ace rookie running back Saquon Barkley sure to demand extra coverage in the box, Beckham will likely be left to go one-on-one with defensive backs. The result of that mismatch should be some interesting touchdown dances.
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