Odell Beckham Jr has been one of the most exciting wide receivers to watch since his arrival in the NFL in 2014. The New York Giants selected him 12th in the first round of the 2014 Draft and he has developed into one of the leading players at his position, producing a level of excellence and flair on the field. Beckham has made a habit of making breath-taking catches, while his precise route running and breakaway speed makes him one of the toughest wideouts to cover in the NFL.
However, there is also the other side of Beckham, which resulted in his departure from the Giants. He became known for high-profile outbursts on the sideline and discontent in New York due to the struggles of the team on the field. The Cleveland Browns were one of a number of teams to register their interest. They were able to secure a trade deal for their first-round pick in the 2019 Draft along with another in the third round and defensive back Jabrill Peppers.
The move has seen their odds for the Super Bowl shorten in the range of +1400, which is a huge shift for a team that is just one season removed from a 0-16 record. Cleveland Browns supporters, as well as Baker Mayfield and company, will now benefit having one of the elite stars of the NFL on their roster, producing moments such as these on a regular basis. Here are his five best touchdowns during his five-year career to date.
5. Game winner against Baltimore
Beckham had already produced a 156-yard performance with a touchdown against the Ravens at MetLife Stadium. With the game on the line, he came up huge for his team to win the contest. On fourth and one with 1:36 left in the fourth quarter, Manning connected with Beckham on a simple slant route. The wideout made the catch before speeding away from the Ravens’ defense. He got the angle on Lardarius Webb and had the pace to surge away to record the 66-yard touchdown.
4. Toe-drag in Miami
Beckham produced an outstanding performance against the Dolphins in a 31-24 victory for the Giants. He recorded seven receptions for 166 yards and two touchdowns, the first of which was a brilliant catch in the corner of the endzone.
Manning had rolled out to his right after being pressured in the pocket. He threw the ball to the right of the endzone where Beckham managed to break free of coverage. The wideout dived to his left to make the catch, dragging his toes down to complete the score.
3. Beckham makes another one-hander down the sideline
Beckham continued to enhance his reputation with another outstanding grab. In his side’s clash against the Washington Redskins on the road, the Giants needed a touchdown to get back into the game in the fourth quarter. Manning put the ball up down the sideline for his main man and he did not disappoint with another incredible catch.
Beckham beat Washington cornerback Will Blackmon just enough before diving forward to make the grab. He managed to catch the ball in his left hand before bringing it under control with his right. His body control was on the spot, ensuring that he recorded the vital score.
2. Catch and run against the New England Patriots
t’s one thing to dominate your rivals, it’s another to impress against the reigning Super Bowl champions and the vaunted defense of Bill Belichick. Beckham made his mark on the first passing play of the game. He was matched in a one-on-one battle against Super Bowl XLIX hero Malcolm Butler.
Beckham got the better of the cornerback down the sideline before catching a floating pass from Manning. The wideout used his lateral quickness to sidestep a tackle from Pro Bowl safety Devin McCourty before racing away for an 87-yard touchdown.
1. One-handed spectacular against the Dallas Cowboys
This was the moment that put Beckham in the NFL headlines in the 2014 campaign. As a rookie, he matched against Cowboys cornerback Brandon Carr and ran a go route down the right sideline at MetLife Stadium. Eli Manning threw a deep pass towards the corner from 50 yards, which seemingly gave Beckham little chance to make the grab.
However, under pressure from Carr, he leapt backwards to make a blind one-handed catch before falling into the endzone. Not only was it an incredible catch, the fact that he was being interfered with by the Cowboys cornerback and had the presence of mind to fall into the endzone. It’s one of the best plays in NFL history.