Height: 5-11Weight: 198
Season: 2ndCollege: LSU
Strengths: Beckham, the 12th overall pick in the 2014 draft, missed training camp, preseason and the first four regular-season games with a hamstring injury, but it didn’t take long for him to leave his mark. He set the NFL record for the most receptions and most yards in the first 12 games to start a career. Beckham made the play of the year on Nov. 23, a leaping one-handed touchdown catch over Dallas Cowboys cornerback Brandon Carr. That won Play of the Year at NFL Honors, and he also won offensive rookie of the year. Carolina Panthers general manager Dave Gettleman said Beckham was the only rookie receiver to “run the entire route tree.” Beckham ran a 4.43 in the 40-yard dash and had a 38 1/2-inch vertical at the scouting combine a year ago. His quick feet allow him to beat press coverage, and his 10-inch hands are second to none.
Weaknesses: Beckham’s height and playing speed dropped him down in the first round. He also completed only seven reps in the 225-pound bench press. Beckham is a willing blocker, but his technique could stand work. He occasionally will drop an easy pass for lack of focus, but Beckham has star written all over him if he can stay healthy.
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Last season: He caught 91 passes for 1,305 yards and 12 touchdowns in just 12 games.
Who has to stop him? The Cowboys lost starting cornerback Orlando Scandrick for the season with torn knee ligaments. That leaves Morris Claiborne, a former first-round pick, to start on the right side opposite Brandon Carr, with Tyler Patmon in the slot. In two games against the Cowboys last season, Beckham had 14 catches for 180 yards and four touchdowns.
Notable: Beckham attended New Orleans’ Isidore Newman High School, which also counts Peyton and Eli Manning as alums. Beckham and Cooper Manning are the only receivers in school history to top the 1,000-yard mark. ... Beckham’s 1,305 yards receiving last season were third best in team history behind Victor Cruz (1,536 in 2011) and Amani Toomer (1,343 in 2002). Beckham’s 91 receptions ranked second in team history behind only Steve Smith’s 107 in 2009. ... He led all rookie receivers in catches and yards. ... Beckham was the first Giants player honored as The Associated Press Offensive Rookie of the Year in the 58-year history of the award. ... He needs 90 yards Sunday to surpass Michael Irvin for the most consecutive 90-yard games (9) by a receiver in NFL history.