DeAndre Hopkins is superior to Odell Beckham, Jr. and here is why…
By Randy Gurzi
Recently Mike Davis of NFL Spin Zone rated the New York Giants Odell Beckham, Jr. as the better receiver between he and DeAndre Hopkins of the Houston Texans, here is why he was incorrect
On Tuesday our friends at NFL Spin Zone released a piece about the best receiver under the age of 25. The author of the article, Mike Davis compared two of the most exciting young guys there is in the league as he debated between DeAndre Hopkins of the Houston Texans and Odell Beckham, Jr. of the New York Giants.
In the end, Davis claimed that OBJ is the better of the two receivers, and had this to sum up his decision.
"Nothing against the electrifying DeAndre Hopkins, but Beckham’s pure talent, hands, and a chippy attitude as an X-factor (translation: willingness to win no matter what) put him above the 24 year old stud from the Texans."
Kudos to Davis for making sure people understand that he in no way meant to disrespect “Nuk”, but respectfully, we here at the Toro Times would have to disagree with his choice.
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The first issue comes from the summary Davis finished his piece with. While calling Beckham a talented player, he also discusses his willingness to win, no matter what. The problem, he doesn’t win.
The Giants are a sad 12-20 over the past two seasons and when Beckham is on the field, he doesn’t do much to help the bottom line. Davis points to the catch that made OBJ famous, his three-fingered grab against his rival, the Dallas Cowboys.
Unfortunately, what everyone forgets is that game was a loss for the Giants. In fact, it may have been the only good thing the young man has ever done against the Cowboys (his team’s biggest rival) as they have held him in check ever since, despite having terrible defensive backs.
Beckham also has a history of disappearing when his team needs him the most. Such an example came when the exciting young player was a non-factor in the second half of a 2015 implosion against the Atlanta Falcons.
The next issue comes down to an NFL player’s most important ability…durability. The Texans know week-in-and-week-out that Hopkins will suit up and play as the 24-year old has played in all 48 possible games in his career.
For Beckham, he has yet to play 16 games in a season as he suited up for 12 as a rookie and 15 this past season. Sure, he hasn’t missed a ton of games, but Hopkins has missed none at all.
Lastly, Hopkins played with far inferior talent at quarterback and has a triple-digit reception season under his belt. Sure, Beckham is off to a quicker start, but Hopkins is hands down the better player now as he has developed into one of the best all-around players in the game rather than a deep-threat that can make a one-handed catch in a loss.
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Plus, Hopkins can be found in the second half of games.