New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. has earned the adulation of fans and respect of fellow NFL players since entering the league in 2014. This doesn’t mean everyone is convinced that OBJ is among the NFL’s elite at his position.
Former Pittsburgh Steelers running back DeAngelo Williams called out Beckham, saying he’s not as good as Steelers wideout Antonio Brown.
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Williams, who is currently a free agent after spending the past two seasons with the Steelers, appeared in an TuneIn Sports interview with former NFL tight end Gary Barnidge. The conversation began with Williams’ belief that the Giants will not have enough money to pay Beckham.
“He’s not going to get paid,” Williams said. “It’s not going to happen and the reason why it’s not going to happen is because New York is a huge market. A player of that status, of that magnitude, when he demands more than the organization itself, then it poses a problem and the organizations usually separate themselves from players like that.
“It’s happened time and time and time and time again. I mean, he’s no Antonio Brown.”
After a long pause, Barnidge said, “To each his own, to each his own. They both put up great numbers. I’m just saying, Antonio Brown’s a great receiver too, but they’re both great receivers. You could say they’re one and two or top three receivers in the league. You could easily say that.”
Williams responds with, “Unbelievable. You’re saying Odell Beckham Jr. is a top receiver in this league? Top three? Ok. All right. Ok.”
Beckham caught a career-high 101 passes in 2016, third in the NFL behind the Arizona Cardinals’ Larry Fitzgerald (107) and Brown (106). His 1,367 receiving yards were also third behind the Indianapolis Colts’ T.Y. Hilton (1,448) and the Atlanta Falcons’ Julio Jones (1,409). Brown was fifth with 1,284 yards.
Beckham’s 10 touchdowns ranked fifth in the NFL. The Green Bay Packers’ Jordy Nelson led the league with 14 while Brown, the Packers’ Davante Adams, and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ Mike Evans each had 12.
The numbers prove without any doubt that Odell Beckham Jr. is one of the top wide receivers in the National Football League.