Latest on Odell Beckham Jr., Giants

When Odell Beckham Jr. finally signed his mega-extension with the Giants it seemed like the drama surrounding his antics was finally over. That apparently wasn’t the case, as Beckham caused quite a stir this week with comments he made that were critical of the team. 

First Beckham griped about his role in the offense and how there wasn’t enough downfield action in coach Pat Shurmur’s system, then he wondered aloud if Eli Manning was the problem with the offense, per Jordan Raanan of ESPN. He also refused to say whether or not he was happy being in New York, despite very recently signing the five-year $95MM extension.

Shurmur originally downplayed Beckham’s comments and suggested he was taken out of context, but he apparently had a change of heart, according to Ryan Dunleavy of Dunleavy writes that Shurmur became “livid” and demanded Beckham apologize to the team. Beckham apparently obliged, and told teammates it was the “wrong message” and wouldn’t happen again.

Separately, Mike Florio of ProFootballTalk broke down the situation, and speculated about Beckham’s motives. Florio thinks the public airing of grievances might be “part of Beckham’s strategy, with the goal of getting paid by the Giants and then forcing a trade elsewhere.” If that turns out to be the case, it would be a shocking turn of events after everything had seemingly been smoothed over between Beckham and the team’s front office earlier this summer. The Giants lost another heartbreaker today, dropping them to 1-4, and it will be interesting to see what Beckham has to say moving forward.

Photo courtesy of USA Today Sports Images.

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22 comments on “Latest on Odell Beckham Jr., Giants

  1. Decius

    Will they please quit acting like his comments were so outrageous? We all get frustrated with athletes for not saying anything in interviews and then we bash them when they do. Besides, he is truly a great player on the field. Can we please focus on that? No points are scored off the field.

    • Kwflanne

      Who gets mad when athletes don’t mouth off and complain in interviews?? Pretty sure we are all happy when they don’t sound like whining millionaires.

      • bradthebluefish

        I’m always pissed that Marshawn Lynch never speaks in interviews. It’s their job and they are refusing to do their job.

  2. ErnestoFigueroa87

    What a piece of garbage!!!
    And Eli caught him in that commercial!

  3. mitchrapp

    He has had a handful of great games and a tremendous catch on prime time that propelled his status but OBJ might not even be a top 10 WR. Bust week after week.

    • acarneglia

      I disagree. If the Giants could keep pressure off Eli and allow time for OBJ to get open he’d have over 100 yards at least 10 times a season.

        • tsolid

          His 94.0 yrs per game is SECOND in NFL history. Nah… not a great receiver at all

  4. Phattey

    Odell really just says what everyone is thinking and gets blasted for it lol giants are trash

    • Polish Hammer

      Getting a boatload of money can’t buy you class. You want to be considered one of the great then act like one of 5he greats, Jerry Rice would never act like this clown.

      • tsolid

        Jerry Rice would never act like this?? Guess you don’t remember the Over the Hill Jerry. WHY do you think he ended his HOF game career in Seattle of all places? Revisionist history sure runs rampant on message boards.

        • Polish Hammer

          Denver maybe? And when the greatest to ever play his position in the sports is turning 43 and decides he’s not going to ride the pine he’s earned that. Much different to walk away with dignity than act like an ass and throw teammates under the bus.

  5. Z-A

    OBJ and Eli aren’t the problem. Oline is terrible and that defense the bought has underperformed for 2 yrs.

  6. JJB0811

    The Giants are well below 500 as a team since he joined. He’s not part of the solution.

  7. Bill Jasper

    Get paid and then force a trade? If they (him and his agent) thought that was a likely scenario, they aren’t very smart and know nothing of the salary cap.

    13-3 or 3-13, you’re stuck in New York for the foreseeable future OBJ.

  8. Polish Hammer

    And they drafted a RB and no heir to Eli, by the time Barkley starts breaking down that franchise QB would’ve been stepping into his prime and excelling for years thereafter.

  9. bradthebluefish

    I’d be pissed too if I had to catch touchdowns and throw touchdowns and still lose.

    • Polish Hammer

      Always better to throw touchdowns than throwing hissy fits or throwing your shirt off and hanging out with a bunch of men on a boat…

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