Watch out, Victor Cruz. Odell Beckham Jr. will be taking aim at your New York Giants single-season receiving record this coming season.
Odell Beckham Jr. already owns two of the top three single season receiving yard totals in New York Giants history and three of the top five. The addition of Marshall sets Bekham up to take the top spot as well.
Here’s a look at the top five Giants receiving seasons of all time. It’s not hard to imagine OBJ rising to the top of this list next season with a legitimate number two receiver lined up on the opposite side of the field.
"There's a lot of opportunity on the other side of @OBJ_3 and with @sterl_shep3 in the slot." – @BMarshall
— New York Giants (@Giants) March 8, 2017
Where Everybody Knows Your Name
Adam Schefter reported today that Brandon Marshall and the New York Giants have agreed on a two year, $12 million dollar deal that will bring the former Bear and Jet to Big Blue for the 2017 season.
The Jets released Marshall, their top receiver earlier this offseason, and it didn’t take long for new suitors to come along. Speculation about his eventual landing place was varied but Giants fans were secretly optimistic that the star receiver would stay close to home. Now it appears as if the Jets loss will be a Giant gain.
The move from from the Jets to the Giants is a dramatic football change for Marshall but it also allows him to keep some non-football things the same. Marshall will continue to play his home games at MetLife Stadium. He will also remain in the New York media market where his brand has been really growing over the past two years. Finally, it will allow him to continue his weekly appearance on Showtime’s “Inside the NFL.”
Big Blue Receiving Crew
The Marshall signing is good news for Giants fans, Ben McAdoo and Eli Manning. It is, however, the best possible thing that could have happened to Odell Beckham Jr. After accumulating over 4,100 yards in three seasons as the Giants lone receiving threat, OBJ will now have a running mate that opposing defenses have to respect.
Marshall has been great over the past two seasons for the Jets, catching 168 balls for 2,290 yards. He was better in 2015 with Eric Decker on the opposite side than he was in 2016 with no real supporting cast. His decision to move to the Giants where he’ll join OBJ and Sterling Shepard as perhaps the best number two receiver in the game is ingenious .
Keeping the Window Open
The move to bring in Marshall appears to be an attempt by Jerry Reese to give Eli Manning a full compliment of weapons heading into the final few seasons of his Hall of Fame career. Losing Victor Cruz and replacing him with Brandon Marshall is a big time upgrade for the Giants offense.
Free agency officially begins on Thursday and the draft also on the horizon, Reese’s focus will now shift to upgrading the offensive line and perhaps the tight end position.
The pairing of Brandon Marshall and Odell Beckham Jr. makes the Giants an offense to fear in 2017. It also makes a record setting season for OBJ a real possibility.