Joel Embiid Should be Considered an MVP Candidate
It is only January and a lot of people are talking about either James Harden or Giannis Antetokounmpo to win the MVP, but what about Joel Embiid?
New York Giants general manager David Gettleman had an end of the season press conference on Wednesday morning. He said in press conference, “We didn't sign Odell to trade him.” This is good news for Odell Beckham Jr. and the New York Giants. This is not good news for teams that were interested in trading for him.
Beckham Jr. was signed to a 4-year contract extension last offseason. He is one of the best wide receivers in the game. Odell Beckham Jr. caught 77 passes for 1,052 yards and six touchdowns this past season. He even threw for a couple of touchdown passes this past season, but Beckham Jr. missed the final few games of the regular season because of a quad injury.
He might be the best wide receiver the Giants have ever had. In his first five seasons of his NFL career, Beckham Jr. has caught 390 passes for 5,476 yards and 44 touchdowns.
Odell Beckham Jr. had a history of temper tantrums before this season. He was much better behaved on the field this season and Beckham Jr. wasn't much of a distraction. He showed up to every offseason workout before the 2018 season. David Gettleman and Pat Shurmur have done a tremendous job holding him in check.
When Gettleman made his statement about not trading him, it means a couple of things. The first thing it means is that he feels the New York Giants are really close to contending. The second thing it means is that they don't have depth at the wide receiver position. The third thing it means is that having Odell Beckham Jr., Sterling Shepard, Evan Engram, and Saquon Barkley on the field at the same time is scary for opposing defenses. The fourth thing it means that they had the best offense in the NFC East this season.
Beckham Jr. may not be catching passes from Eli Manning next season. He maybe catching passes from either Dwayne Haskins, Daniel Jones, or some body else. I was happy when I found out that Odell Beckham Jr. isn't going to be traded because I didn't want the Giants to make him the scapegoat of there recent failures.