Beckham, Landry have most catches in first 3 seasons in NFL history

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At LSU, Odell Beckham Jr. and Jarvis Landry were teammates. In the NFL, they’ve done something no one else in NFL history has done.

Beckham and Landry completed their third regular seasons on Sunday, and they each have 288 career catches. That puts them in a tie for the most catches through a player’s first three seasons in NFL history.

Until Beckham and Landry this year, the player with the most catches in his first three seasons was Cincinnati’s A.J. Green, who had 260 catches from 2011 to 2013. Unsurprisingly, the Top 5 list of players with the most catches in their first three seasons is made up of recent wide receivers: Anquan Boldin is fourth, with 259 catches from 2003 to 2005, and DeAndre Hopkins is fifth, with 239 catches from 2013 to 2015.

Beckham and Landry’s record is probably safe for next year: Among second-year players, Amari Cooper has the most catches, with 155, and it seems unlikely that he’ll break the Beckham/Landry record with 134 catches next season. But Saints receiver Michael Thomas, who had 92 catches as a rookie this season, could be a threat to top 288 for his career in 2018. The way NFL receiving numbers are being broken, Beckham and Landry probably won’t own this record for long.

38 responses to “Beckham, Landry have most catches in first 3 seasons in NFL history

  1. This is another of the stats which is totally pointless. The rules totally favor the WR’s and QB’s and this league is now a passing league 1st, a passing league 2nd, and a passing league 3rd. Oh yeah, they run the ball once in a while.
    So file this under irrelevant.

  2. Even more impressive when you realize that most of Landry’s catches also came while down 3 TDs and being openly glared at by his own teammates for inappropriately strutting.

  3. More impressive considering that the Giants OL is bad, their running game is trash and their complementary WRs are meh. He’s quadruple covered all game long and is still putting up bomb numbers.

  4. My dream is for Landry to become a Giant next year and team up with his buddy. I seriously love that kid’s skills.

  5. nyneal says:
    Jan 4, 2017 6:51 PM
    This is another of the stats which is totally pointless. The rules totally favor the WR’s and QB’s and this league is now a passing league 1st, a passing league 2nd, and a passing league 3rd. Oh yeah, they run the ball once in a while.
    So file this under irrelevant.

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    yea ok. maybe your team plays offense like that and maybe they should try balancing a bit more. dallas and new england are both in top 5 rushing and not surprisingly 1st seeds in their respective conferences. mix a run game and a potent qb, and holy crap, you have a super bowl caliber team. rushing is not irrelevant at all. if you cant pick up 3rd and 3 with a run play then you have to pass. thats all.

  6. sry previous comment meant to say both NE and DAL are top 5 in rushing passing balance for play calls.

  7. So are catches the basis for being a superstar or not.
    Are we to assume that these two are better than Jerry Rice, Randy Moss, Mike Irvin? such a misleading stat in many cases because seasons were shorter at one point and the way the game was played has changed.

    And no, I am not implying that they are not great players, because they are and I totally respect their games, but if 500 career catches was once the benchmark, the fact that these two are going to break that in 6 seasons, while impressive, does not make them amongs the all time greatest…. or does it?

    “ill hang up and listen”

  8. When viewed in with some perspective Anquan Boldin’s total is the most impressive. He produced those numbers before The Great Wussification of ’06. You know, back when defensive backs were allowed to actually play defense and QB’s weren’t wearing the skirts Goodell let Polian and Manning design for them.

  9. How Les Miles couldn’t win a National title with those two is crazy. Add Mettenberger throwing and Jeremy Hill running, probably why he was fired.

  10. Let them play against Lott, Blount, Tatum, Easley and many others. What a joke statistic. See how many times they would have gone across the middle. LOL.

  11. And what have they won..nothing. And like we all know the pass is the thing. Kind of a,shrug of your shoulders stat. Different times.

  12. If you have watched every game that Odell has played, and you dont already see that he is one of the greatest ever at his position, then you should probably stop watching football. I became a Giants fan in 1979 when I was 9 years old….I got to see the entire career of Lawrence Taylor. OBJ is almost, not quite, as good a receiver as LT was a linebacker.

  13. hawkforlife says:
    Jan 4, 2017 8:26 PM

    Let them play against Lott, Blount, Tatum, Easley and many others. What a joke statistic. See how many times they would have gone across the middle. LOL.
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    OMG. Can you imagine what “The Assassin” would have done to Beckham?

  14. John “3rd and” Chavis is the reason LSU didn’t win the NC then. It certainly wasn’t the offense’s fault That season.

  15. puckskin says:
    Jan 4, 2017 8:04 PM
    How Les Miles couldn’t win a National title with those two is crazy. Add Mettenberger throwing and Jeremy Hill running, probably why he was fired.

    throw in also current NFL players on the OL at LSU during that time.

  16. yeah the rules are different now and WRs don’t get hit as much. But these kids make ridiculous catches, and Landry punishes defenses (ask the Bills fans why they hate him) as opposed to the other way around.

    Landry plays with the toughness of Hines Ward and Steve Smith, but with the hands of Wes Welker and Chris Carter.

    The league might be “wussified”, but Landry sure isn’t.

  17. If you have watched every game that Odell has played, and you dont already see that he is one of the greatest ever at his position, then you should probably stop watching football. I became a Giants fan in 1979 when I was 9 years old….I got to see the entire career of Lawrence Taylor. OBJ is almost, not quite, as good a receiver as LT was a linebacker

    Slowdown! Tell him to take off the Velvcro gloves! Those things are on the same level as HGH cheating! plus, he he is the biggest Douche in the league!

  18. An most of the great QB stats are great because of the rule changes, its all bs, they did what they did and deserve credit, if anybody think that if Brady play in the 60’s that he would been so good don’t know real football. Bill

  19. Big deal. 288 catches divided by 48 games is 6 catches per game. AB will have 6 catches and 2 TDs in the 1st quarter.

  20. L-S-U!!! Baring injuries, both guys will do great things in the NFL. I’d wanted Les Miles fired three years ago. All too often, I saw that clown get out coached by Nick Saban year after year. This year LSU didn’t have the talent but you saw how Ed Orgeron got the best out of them and they played Bama tough. If Miles was there, it would have been a rout.

  21. jag1959 says:
    Jan 4, 2017 9:08 PM
    arwiv says:
    Jan 4, 2017 8:55 PM
    . I became a Giants fan in 1979 when I was 9 years old…
    _________________

    Guess that explains your negative comments about Plunkett, you only know his play from his stats. How is it you can appreciate a player like Taylor who impacted the game in so many ways that didn’t show on a stats sheet but feel comfortable dismissing Plunkett based on nothing but stats?

  22. I hope Landry goes over the middle and James Harrison knocks his effing head off. That hit on the bills defender was bush league.

    I hope OBJ catches a slant over the middle and HaHa knocks his effing head off.

    -Angry Redskins fan

  23. Landry with a worse QB actually worse oline last 3 years, and worse supporting cast of weapons, also he is double teamed a ton as the primary focus of the offense. He has as many spectacular 1 handers as well. No personality drama either

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