That may or may not happen, but Shepard wouldn’t complain, not after catching a 49-yard touchdown pass from Beckham in a win over the Chicago Bears on Sunday.
That pass had the most air distance — measured from the points of the throw to the catch — of any touchdown thrown by a non-quarterback this season, according to NFL Next Gen Stats. It was 35th overall. Beckham’s 57-yarder to Saquon Barkley in a Week 5 loss at Carolina ranks 56th overall and third among non-QBs.
Here is a look at the 2018 touchdowns with the most air distance, according to NFL Next Gen Stats, including two thrown by non-QBs.
Play: 75-yard TD to Stefon Diggs in Week 2 tie at Green Bay.
— Minnesota Vikings (@Vikings) September 16, 2018
Play: 47-yard TD to Antonio Callaway in Week 2 loss to Saints.
Tyrod Taylor finds Antonio Callaway for SIX! 😱 pic.twitter.com/BCWPGQ7PWL
— Cleveland Browns (@Browns) September 16, 2018
Play: 73-yard TD to Tyreek Hill in Week 11 loss to Rams in L.A.
😮 MAHOMES TO HILL FOR 7️⃣3️⃣ YARDS 💥 💥 💥 pic.twitter.com/tJKuWatnTZ
— Kansas City Chiefs (@Chiefs) November 20, 2018
Play: 47-yard TD to Brandin Cooks in Week 4 win over the Vikings.
— Los Angeles Rams (@RamsNFL) September 28, 2018
Play: 39-yard TD to Geronimo Allison in Week 1 win over the Bears.
📺: NBC pic.twitter.com/cinPOMvOVP
— NFL (@NFL) September 10, 2018
Play: 75-yard TD to Christian Kirk in Week 5 win over the 49ers.
Josh Rosen to Christian Kirk. The future in Arizona?
— Pro Football Focus (@PFF) October 7, 2018
No. 7. Air distance: 58.3 yards: Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Packers
Play: 54-yard TD to Robert Tonyan in Week 11 loss in Seattle.
— Green Bay Packers (@packers) November 16, 2018
Play: 45-yard TD to Tyrell Williams in Week 6 win at Cleveland.
WHAT. A. CATCH. 👏 pic.twitter.com/WkKdH5s0Rx
— Los Angeles Chargers (@Chargers) October 14, 2018
Play: 75-yard TD to Kenny Stills in Week 1 win over the Titans.
Speed thrills. Speed Stills.
— Miami Dolphins (@MiamiDolphins) September 9, 2018
Play: 64-yard TD to Emmanuel Sanders in Week 7 win over the Cardinals.
Hey, @ESanders_10 –
Didn’t your grandmother tell you to stop flipping into end zones?!
We’ll take it, though. 😎 pic.twitter.com/ZYpFAwOZhe
— Denver Broncos (@Broncos) October 19, 2018
No. 35. Air distance: 48.9 yards: Odell Beckham, Jr., Giants
Play: 49-yard TD to Russell Shephard in Week 13 win over the Bears.
— New York Giants (@Giants) December 2, 2018
Play: 28-yard TD to Kenyon Drake in Week 8 loss to the Texans.
— Miami Dolphins (@MiamiDolphins) October 26, 2018