Many would say that Odell Beckham Jr. recorded the greatest catch in NFL history when he hauled in a one-handed touchdown grab against the Dallas Cowboys. In fact, I think it's safe to say that most football fans would call it the most impressive catch they've ever seen. Perhaps it's not the most iconic — the Immaculate Reception has a very strong case for that — but in terms of pure skill and difficulty level, it's hard to find anything that beats it or anyone that will disagree with that assessment.
One person who might say differently, however, is Jarvis Landry. That's probably what happens when you spend several years with OBJ, through various stages of his career, and have access to all of his rigorous workouts, catching drills and highlight-reel displays that others might not see.
Landry joined Cris Carter on his "WR1" podcast and discussed how his former LSU Tigers and current Cleveland Browns teammate has motivated him and impressed him in ways that others may not be aware of.
"It started [with] hearing a story about this other guy that's in Louisiana that plays receiver, you know, and we both kind of got the same story about each other until we finally met each other," Landry explained. "And it wasn't, like, okay, they're butting heads because they're completely the opposite, but in actuality we realized that we were the same. We just wanted to be great, we just wanted to make any and every play that came our way, and when we got to college we realized that, man, if we put the work in we can be as good as anybody, as great as anybody.
"And I think that that was something that was extremely important in our development and getting on the JUGS, breaking into the facility, making sure we're getting our catches in, challenging each other so that when situations came into the game it was easy, you know? We talked about, the other day, when he made the one-handed catch out in New York and everybody's like this is the greatest catch I've ever seen, but I've seen him do wilder things than that, so that's just part of our history and part of the work we put in throughout this point."
We need to see some of these "wilder things" ASAP! Because I can say, with confidence, that I have seen very few grabs that I put in the stratosphere as that epic OBJ one-hander. One that does come to mind, probably due to recency bias, just happened this past weekend — though even Gus Johnson (who made a fantastic call) referenced the "Odell" as its predecessor.
We still have yet to see the magic from OBJ that we've come to expect as he continues to recover from his ACL injury, though his return is coming soon. Meanwhile, Landry was just placed on IR with a sprained MCL and will be eligible to return in Week 6. Hopefully, at that point, both wideouts will be ready to go and raise the Browns to a whole different level of offensive production.