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Odell Beckham Jr. outpacing rest of Giants' receivers by huge margin

Odell Beckham #13 of the New York Giants

Odell Beckham #13 of the New York Giants runs the ball to the end zone for a touchdown in the first half of a game against the Atlanta Falcons at MetLife Stadium on Sunday, Sept. 20, 2015. Credit: Jim McIsaac

Odell Beckham Jr. is supposed to be the best wide receiver on the Giants. But not by this kind of a margin.

While Beckham has 12 catches for 190 yards in the first two games, every other receiver on the roster has combined for 10 catches for 76 yards.

They have let other opportunities literally slip through their hands. Preston Parker has dropped five passes in the first two games, three of them crucial ones against Dallas.

"Preston is going to be fine," quarterback Eli Manning said. "I'm going to keep throwing to him, we're going to keep working on things. He'll be fine. I thought he made some nice catches and did some good things yesterday. He's got to make some plays for us as well."

And Rueben Randle, an established playmaker for the team, dropped one of his two targets on Sunday against Atlanta.

"We've got to do a good job of getting Rueben involved some more, get him some catches," Manning said. "He's got to be a weapon for us."

Right now, Beckham is the team's only weapon. And on Sunday, they targeted him just twice in the second half.

"We had the look that we really wanted, where we could get him where we wanted him, and it was too spotty, our ability to take advantage of it," Tom Coughlin said. "We got to it late, we got to it early, but not enough."

The Giants shouldn't have to rely on just one player, though. And there are other options. Running back Shane Vereen has just as many catches as Beckham, which is "as advertised" for the first-year Giant.

But as far as receivers go, it's clear just how much the Giants are missing Victor Cruz.

"We feel confident with all our receivers, so we've got to do a good job mixing the ball around," Manning said, "but ideally, I'm just trying to go through my progressions based on the coverages and find completions."

Those seem to come a lot more often when he finds Beckham.

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