NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Outstanding Giants rookie Odell Beckham Jr. could still make it to the Pro Bowl as a first alternate. But for now, stick him in the “snub” category.
The wide receiver was likely hurt by a hamstring injury that forced him to miss the first four games of the season. Balloting — rosters are picked via input from fans, players and coaches — started Oct. 19, and Beckham’s breakout 156-yard game didn’t come until Nov. 3.
“I definitely think he deserves (to be in the Pro Bowl),” Giants running back Andre Williams said during a conference call Tuesday, according to NJ.com. “He is playing at very high level and I think he deserves everything coming to him.”
The roster was announced Tuesday — and Beckham wasn’t on it.
Going by stats alone, the 22-year-old makes a better case than two receivers who made the team with the help of their reputations:
— Beckham: 79 receptions, 1,120 yards, 11 TDs
— A.J. Green: 61 receptions, 959 yards, 6 TDs
— Calvin Johnson: 67 receptions, 1,038 yards, 6 TDs
Here’s how Beckham stacks up against the other Pro Bowl wideouts:
— Antonio Brown: 122 receptions, 1,570 yards, 12 TDs
— Dez Bryant: 84 receptions, 1,221 yards, 14 TDs
— T.Y. Hilton: 82 receptions, 1,345 yards, 7 TDs
— Julio Jones: 100 receptions, 1,535 yards, 6 TDs
— Jordy Nelson: 92 receptions, 1,433 yards, 13 TDs
— Demaryius Thomas: 103 receptions, 1,504 yards, 11 TDs
It’s an annual rite for players to drop out of the Pro Bowl due to injuries or Super Bowl runs. Meaning, there’s a good shot Beckham will be suited up on Jan. 25 in Glendale, Arizona.
No members of the Giants were named to the Pro Bowl.
Jets center Nick Mangold received the honor for the sixth time, while defensive linemen Sheldon Richardson and Muhammad Wilkerson were among Gang Green’s notable snubs.
Other snubs around the league included Seattle quarterback Russell Wilson, San Diego quarterback Philip Rivers, Green Bay running back Eddie Lacy and Denver wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders.
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