Against Alabama, Jarvis Landry played pretty well and Odell Beckham Jr. struggled from a receiving standpoint. Neither of these star receivers had one of their sensational games that LSU fans are becoming accustomed to. Instead, Zach Mettenberger spread the ball out to several other targets. Eight different Tigers came down with at least one reception against the Tide. This is extremely uncommon, as Mettenberger tends to focus solely on his two elite receivers.
Landry had the best night out of the LSU receivers. He ended the game with five receptions for 90 yards including a season long 45 yard reception. It was a quality performance but his lack of touchdown production is extremely concerning. In LSU’s first five games Landry had seven touchdown receptions. In the past five games, he has just a single touchdown catch against Ole Miss.
Beckham has been having an incredible season. He has 1051 yards receiving and 8 touchdowns in LSU’s ten games this year. That being said his performance against Alabama as a receiver was disappointing. Beckham only had three catches for 42 yards. However, Beckham was once again electrifying in special teams. With just over ten minutes to play in the game Alabama kicked off after scoring a touchdown to put them up by 14. Beckham returned the kickoff and made several defenders miss. He was eventually brought down after an 82 yard return.
Dillion Gordon had a sensational catch early in the second half pulling an interception away from C.J. Mosely. The reception was good for 22 yards and set up a field goal that tied the game at 17.
Beckham, Landry, and the rest of the LSU receivers should play extremely well in their next game against a weak Texas A&M defense.
LSU Wide Receivers’ Grade: B-