The first comments made in public by Giants co-owner John Mara were not exactly cheerful, as he spoke two days following an end of a season that went 6-10 for the team. However, there was one thing that he mentioned that made many sportsbook agents happy, and it had to do with WR Odell Beckham Jr., whose great season as a rookie gave the team and their fans plenty of optimism.
“The energy and passion that he brought to our team was pretty startling,” said Mara. “I was very frustrated for a while, because he missed all of training camp and then the first four games of the season [with a hamstring injury] and we have no idea what we have. Then, all of a sudden, he starts making plays and it was pretty exciting.
“For me, you would have to go back to 1981 before we were that excited about a rookie and what he could possibly mean to this franchise. I hesitate to say that, because I don’t want to put that much pressure on him, but he certainly has brought a lot to this organization.”
Mara was talking about Lawrence Taylor, who would turn out to be would the top player in defense in the history of the NFL, helping lead the team to their first two titles in a Super Bowl. Mara, who when that season started was 26-years-old, is well aware of just how important this comparison is to the team and their fans. And that’s how important the rookie’s 1,305 yards, 91 catches, and 12 TD’s in just 12 games played are to the fans and the team, as the Giants continue making efforts to improve in the game.
“It’s not just Odell,” said the Giants’ owner. “This last draft class, I thought, was pretty productive this season. I think Weston Richburg is going to be a good player, Andre Williams showed some great promise, Devon Kennard. I think Jay Bromley’s going to be a good player, and I’m probably leaving guys out. The 2013 draft class is going to be a very productive class for us, too. We’ve got some good, solid younger players to build off of right now.”
Many NFL fans see plenty of promise in Mara’s words, and are very optimistic when it comes to Beckham Jr. The player’s progress in the sport will be closely monitored by sportsbook agents all over the country, and they believe that the rookie could very well be the one to lift the team next season.