For a number of rookies and NFL betting fans, 2014 was a special year, especially for the receiving class that saw a good number of players like Odell Beckham Jr., Mike Evans, Sammy Watkins and Kelvin Benjamin impress the league with awe-inspiring performances. Sadly, in the NFL, just like many other major sports leagues across, the world, being an exceptional player from last year does not extrapolate that you will be a success in the future. Often, factors like increased competition, setting a bar too high to repeat, injuries and playing system can hinder the chances of succeeding like you did in the previous year. The regressions of player performances like Keenan Allen (averaging 96.42 receiving yards in 2013 to 56.72 in 2014) and Justin Blackmon (87.56 receiving yards in 2012 to 33.28 in in 2013) are some of the examples to the propensity for rookie slumps in the sophomore year. So although other players like A.J. Green (Cincinnati) and T.Y. Hilton (Indianapolis) have seen some increased performances from their rookie years, it is important to be wary of the flipside of things where a good year can be followed by a bad one. Having previously tackled the side of 2014 rookies likely to impress or bounce back in 2015, let’s take a look at those ones who are likely to slump:
Arguably, no rookie impressed the league as much as WR Odell Beckham Jr. did in his first year with the Giants. In emphatic fashion, the receiver collected 91 catches for 1,305 yards and 12 TDs in just 12 games with a mind-blowing 70.00% catch rate, a feat that earned him the Offensive Rookie of the Year Award. Looking ahead at his sophomore year, Beckham is already dealing with a hamstring injury, one that sidelined him from training with the Giants in the OTAs and is prospected to limit his training time. Entering a new season with an injury is never a good thing for such a player. In addition, New York’s standout receiver Victor Cruz (who missed most of last year due to injury) is returning to the team and 2015 rookie Devin Funchess from Carolina is also in the mix competing for game time, so Beckham is unlikely to receive as many targets as he did in 2014. With such factors considered, a drop in his productions looks very likely.
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