As the New York Giants opened their 2015 season Sunday night against the Dallas Cowboys, all eyes were on sophomore wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr.
But Beckham Jr. failed to light up the box score, having posted a mere five catches for 44 yards. Despite the barren stat line, Beckham impressed in several other ways, primarily with his willingness to block.
On a number of pass plays, the star wideout was used as a blocker for his fellow wide receivers and even tight ends. The Giants employed a quick passing offense for majority of the evening, featuring lots of screens and swing passes, both of which require skill position players to block.
It wasn't necessarily Beckham Jr.'s effectiveness which impressed, but rather his demeanor. He seemed all in for the team on each play. He never looked dissatisfied with his lack of touches and always appeared invested in the cause.
Why is this such a big deal?
So often players with a meteoric rise to fame, particularly receivers, would rather not sweat the details. Look no further than the likes of Randy Moss or Terrell Owens.
Even on the five catches Beckham Jr. did have, Dallas players were looking to hit him hard and often. Sans his first look, where he never secured the ball, he always dealt with the extra attention willingly.
In short, Giant fans should be encouraged with the amount of dirty work Beckham was asked to do on Sunday night, as well as his eagerness to do it.
Kyle Langan | sportsmedia101.com | September 16,2015