At the beginning of the season, the Giants paid their all-pro wideout $95 million over 5 years. While this contract gave the Giants a big headline, they still had some trepidations about doing this. Some doubts were cast due to his sideline tantrums, his “me first” mentality and the ankle injury he suffered last season. They gave him the contract with the assumption that he would transform into a leader and that all of those problems would go away.
It’s safe to say that they might be feeling a little bit differently after the Giants 1-4 start.
The Giants have a very bad offensive line, as Nate Soldier has been a disappointment thus far. Additionally, and more importantly, the bet that Dave Gettleman made by drafting Saquon Barkley and sticking with Eli Manning isn’t exactly working out as planned. Manning has looked old, scared and maxed out. Despite the offensive line struggles, Manning hasn’t done anything when he has time in the pocket in spirts throughout the game. He’s reluctant to throw the ball down the field, frustrating OdellBeckham, Jr. so much that he publicly questioning the Giants QB in an interview with rapper Lil Wayne this weekend.
Odell Beckham, Jr. was featured on an ESPN special with Lil Wayne. Hewas asked various questions about the Giants progress over the season. He criticized the Giants offense and essentially threw Manning and the coaching staff under the bus. While he was fully correct about Manning’spoor play, is it right for the wide receiver to say that publicly? He then began to talk about himself, because he is in fact a diva receiver. He complained about not getting enough targets “like some other receivers get.”When asked if he is happy in NYC, he said, “That’s a tough question.”
Beckham Jr.’s responses should deeply concern Giants fans. We knew he was a diva, and we simply swept it under the rug and said that he was talented enough to deal with it. But he showed yet another level of selfishness that could end up hurting the team more than helping it. After the Giants devastating loss to the Panthers on Sunday, Beckham, Jr. said that he was unapologetic about his comments and believes that they actuallyallowed the team to come together. I find that implausible.
This offseason, everyone seemed to ignore the Beckham, Jr. trade rumors, and the fact that he had voiced his desire to be in Los Angeles with the Rams, reportedly telling other players he “wanted in.” It is clear that Beckham Jr. only signed the Giants contract because he wanted to secure a deal. But let’s not kid ourselves: he wants to be in Los Angeles. And it’s clear
that the Rams, the number one offense in the NFL, didn’t really think he was necessary—something that is deeply concerning. A team follows their leader. But if their leader is selfish, they’ll have nobody to follow. With a player as volatile as Beckham Jr., I don’t think the organization or the fans should rule out those trade rumors just yet.
Who is Odell?
Beckham Jr. is a super talented wide receiver, but whether or not he is a winner is the question that we have yet to answer. When the Giants went 11-5 two seasons ago, he was chilling on a boat before they got crushed by the Packers- and he had three drops.
We know Odell wants to be a Drake-like celebrity and public figure. We know he wants to be on House of Highlights, making amazing one-handed catches. But does he really want to be a playoff contender year in and year out? Does he truly want to win a Super Bowl? Or will he be satisfied with 1,500 receiving yards and 100 receptions each season?
These are still question marks. The Giants gave Beckham Jr. a contract prematurely. Now they need to wait this out and play the season out. If things don’t change, alarms are sure to sound.
We must hope that Beckham, Jr. can galvanize this team and bring them together.
We must hope that his antics and selfish attitude don’t poison this team like those traits of a Chad Johnson, Jameis Winston or Johnny Manziel.
If we don’t see a change, there’s going to be trouble in the Big Apple.
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