Analyst indicates Giants may have filled Odell Beckham Jr.-sized hole for first time since before Covid-19

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Analyst indicates Giants may have filled Odell Beckham Jr.-sized hole for first time since before Covid-19

Odell Beckham Jr. may have caught his last pass for the New York Giants in 2018, but his former team is still looking for a suitable replacement. At least, that is what Giants analyst Dan Benton claimed in an article, via Giants Wire. The Giants drafted Malik Nabers at sixth overall, creating Beckham-matching expectations for the receiver. Benton wrote:

"The 6-foot, 201-pound Nabers may not have the size of Marvin Harrison Jr. (6’4”), who was selected ahead of him, but his 4.35-second 40 time adds to an already speedy wide receiver room. He’s also a menace at the high point, frequently beating defenders on 50/50, which is something the Giants have lacked since Odell Beckham Jr."

Benton said that Malik Nabers wasn't the perfect prospect but did set expectations to be impressive and start in Week 1. The Giants analyst said the biggest area of improvement was Nabers' route running ability.

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Adding speed and a vertical element to the team's offense has been something sorely lacking for the squad in the Daniel Jones era. Many pointed out his stat line in his last full season as grounds for the team to take a shot at one of the half-dozen quarterbacks that ended up being selected in the first round.

Instead, Jones received one of the top hopes a quarterback could have. That said, the addition comes with pressure to make good on the investment.

While signed through 2026, Spotrac reported that the New York Giants could be financially inclined to move on from the quarterback as soon as the 2025 offseason. This means that at this time next year, Jones could be a bridge quarterback.

Of course, he has received a top receiver prospect to avoid such a fate. Nabers managed to add at least 500 yards to his final total in every season in college. He started with 417 yards and four touchdowns. Then, in 2022, he earned 1,017 yards and three touchdowns. In 2023, he logged an eye-popping 1,569 yards and 14 touchdowns.

While some fans hope for a similar level of production in 2024, most know that such an undertaking would need to be done on top of learning the NFL game.

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