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Odell Beckham Jr’s success in the NFL was due to Eli Manning’s Hall of Fame career

Written by Doug Rush

Odell Beckham Jr’s success in the NFL was due to Eli Manning’s Hall of Fame career

Everyone thought the Los Angeles Rams trade for Odell Beckham Jr was supposed to put a Super Bowl contending team with a loaded offense over the top.

Instead, they looked like a mess on Monday night against the San Francisco 49ers. Beckham had two catches for 18 yards in his debut, which showed that he had zero impact in the game.

Before Beckham was traded, he was floundering in Cleveland with the Browns. Beckham’s dad was making videos about how Baker Mayfield wasn’t getting him the ball, but Mayfield’s performance the next game against the Cleveland Browns showed that Mayfield was clearly capable of getting the ball to his receivers.

With the way Beckham has played and has continued to play, it might be obvious to say that he was a product.

Odell Beckham Jr was a product of having a Hall of Fame quarterback playing with him in Eli Manning.

Beckham’s success came as the result of having Manning getting him the ball. At times, Manning would even force-feed Beckham the ball, but even so, Manning would find ways to get him the ball and put him in the best place for success.

Beckham was with the Giants for five seasons; four of them had 1,000-plus yard seasons and the one was cut short due to an injury. Without Manning, Beckham has one 1,000-yard season and since then, he’s barely been a third wide receiver.

Even in that one season with Mayfield, Beckham only had four touchdowns. On an average with the Giants with Manning, Beckham used to average at least 10.

Granted, Beckham is now with Matthew Stafford, who is having an MVP-type season, but it didn’t exactly result in success in that opening game together.

For the Rams sake, they have to hope that the next game will work out for them. But thus far, Beckham is clearly the shell of the player he once was.

The player who had a future Hall of Famer throwing to him in Eli Manning. Beckham might not ever see that type of quarterback level again in his career.

About the author

Doug Rush

Doug Rush is entering his 18th season as a writer. His career dates back to when he was with The Asbury Park Press covering high school football, The Harlem Globetrotters and The Lakewood Blueclaws.


In 2009, he joined Bleacher Report, covering the New York Yankees and New York Giants, amassing over 2 million reader views.


After 2013, he left B/R to join Sports Media 101 to cover the Yankees and Giants. While with Sports Media 101, Rush was named to the Pro Football Writers Association of America. He was there until July of 2016.

In January of 2018, Rush joined USA Today as part of the Giants Wire staff to cover the Giants. He is still currently with them, as he does weekly analysis for them during the season.


In September of 2021, Rush joined Pro Sports Extra, where he will be covering MLB, the NFL, NBA, WWE and AEW.


Doug is from Toms River, New Jersey where he has two children, Carson and Peyton.