After being drafted by the New York Giants in 2014 and playing five seasons in New York, he was traded to Cleveland in 2019.
He would move again to the Los Angeles Rams for their 2021 Super Bowl victory.
In signing Beckham, you not only get a generational talent, but you get all of his antics as well, which may turn some teams off signing the player.
But, is he already past his prime?
The stats paint a devasting picture for those who think Beckham’s talent has never stopped.
Odell Beckham receiving yards per game by season
2021 38.4 pic.twitter.com/lga9gjlGie
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What Do The Numbers Tell Us?
The pattern is as clear as day.
During Beckham’s days as a Giant, he was a key, reliable part of the Eli Manning-led offense.
His average receiving yards never dropped below 80 yards a game when he was a Giant, with the exception being the 2017 season, where the entire Giants offense struggled to score at all.
His trade to Cleveland in 2019 decreased his average by over 20 yards a game.
This may be because of the less than stellar performances by then Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield.
But you also say that during Beckham’s time with the Giants, Manning was not playing at his best, so while the quarterback does have a massive effect on a receiver’s yards, it is not the sole reason why a player may be less successful.
Beckham switched teams to the Rams midway through the 2021 season and was barely used in an already powerful offense.
These figures tell us one thing.
That OBJ is a player in decline.
Or, you could say that Beckham was and will only be a good player if he is a New York Giant.