JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Only one rookie receiver had a big-time performance in Week 16. It shouldn't be too hard to figure out which one.
Odell Beckham Jr. caught eight passes for 148 yards and two touchdowns in the New York Giants' 37-27 victory over the St. Louis Rams, which gives him 69 catches for 1,014 yards and eight touchdowns in his last eight games. That's right, he's averaging 8.6 catches for 126.8 yards and one touchdown in his last eight games.
I said it last week and I'll say it again this week: Engrave the Offensive Rookie of the Year trophy now.
Beckham is the top dog in a banner class of rookie receivers, which includes two Jaguars. Here's a look at the group. They are ranked by targets, which is a true measure of how much a receiver is utilized. We're using the qualifier of having a minimum of four targets per game (60 targets needed to qualify):
Kelvin Benjamin, Carolina (139 targets): He caught five passes for 47 yards in the Panthers' 17-13 victory over Cleveland. That leaves him just 1 yard shy of 1,000 yards. He has 72 catches for 999 yards and nine touchdowns.
Sammy Watkins, Buffalo (123): He was the only other receiver on the list to find the end zone last week. He had three catches for 75 yards in the Bills' 26-24 loss to Oakland. He needs 75 yards receiving to reach 1,000 and has 62 catches and six touchdowns.
Mike Evans, Tampa Bay (112): It was a pretty light day for Evans, who caught four passes for only 49 yards in the Bucs' 20-3 loss to Green Bay. He has 63 catches for 997 yards and 11 touchdowns, which ties him with Beckham for most among rookies.
Odell Beckham Jr., New York Giants (107): He is the first rookie to surpass 1,000 yards receiving (1,120 yards) and his 79 receptions and 11 TD receptions are tied for the most among rookies.
Jarvis Landry, Miami (102): Like Beckham, he had eight catches -- but for only 31 yards -- in the Dolphins' 37-35 victory over Minnesota. He is tied with Beckham for most receptions among rookies (79) and has 703 yards receiving and five touchdowns.
John Brown, Arizona (95): He was targeted nine times but caught just three passes for 54 yards in the Cardinals' 35-6 loss to Seattle and has 44 catches for 645 yards and six touchdowns.
Allen Hurns, Jacksonville (92): He caught three passes for 26 yards in the Jaguars' 21-13 victory over Tennessee and now has 49 catches for 662 yards and six touchdowns.
Jordan Matthews, Philadelphia (92): Matthews caught three passes for 58 yards in the Eagles' 27-24 loss to Washington and has 59 catches for 767 yards and seven touchdowns.
Allen Robinson, Jacksonville (80): He's out for the rest of the season with a stress fracture in his right foot and finishes with 48 catches for 548 yards and two touchdowns.
Brandin Cooks, New Orleans (66): He is out for the rest of the season with a broken thumb and finishes with 53 catches for 550 yards and three TDs.
Taylor Gabriel, Cleveland (64): He caught just one pass for 1 yard in the Browns' 17-13 loss to Carolina, giving him two catches for 3 yards in the last two weeks. He has 33 catches for 555 yards and one touchdown.
Davante Adams, Green Bay (63): He caught two passes for 17 yards in the Packers' victory over Tampa Bay, giving him three catches for 23 yards in the last two weeks. He has 38 catches for 446 yards and three touchdowns.