In July, Giants coach Tom Coughlin seemed to be on the verge of treating rookie receiver Odell Beckham the same way Coughlin’s mentor once handled Terry Glenn. In January, co-owner John Mara was comparing Beckham to Bill Parcells’ best player ever.
In the interim, Beckham did enough to become the PFT offensive rookie of the year.
Despite missing four games and having a relatively mild impact in the first three he played before the bye, Beckham exploded from Week Nine through Week 17, with 156, 108, 93, 146, 90, 130, 143, 148, and 185 receiving yards. He finished with 91 catches, 1,305 yards, and 12 touchdowns — in 12 total games.
Along the way, Beckham may have saved the jobs of Coughlin and G.M. Jerry Reese. The rookie also provided one of the most memorable catches in league history, a three-fingered stab of a 50-yard rainbow on Sunday Night Football.
The other finalists were Buccaneers receiver Mike Evans (1,051 yards, 12 touchdown receptions), Bengals running back Jeremy Hill (1,124 rushing yards, 5.1 yards per carry), Cowboys guard Zack Martin (the only rookie Pro Bowler on offense), Raiders quarterback Derek Carr (3,270 passing yards, 21 touchdowns), and Vikings quarterback Teddy Bridgewater (2,919 passing yards, 14 passing touchdowns).
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