Odell Beckham Jr. has had quite a day. Earlier on Sunday, Beckham essentially threw plenty of his fellow Giants under the bus in an ESPN interview with Josina Anderson (and Lil Wayne, for some reason.)
Some choice excerpts:
“I don’t know,” Beckham said when asked if there was an issue at quarterback. “Like I said, I feel like he’s not going to get out the pocket. He’s not — we know Eli’s not running it. But is it a matter of time issue? Can he still throw it, yeah, but it’s been pretty safe and it’s been, you know … cool catching shallow [routes] and trying to take it to the house. But I’m, you know, I want to go over the top of somebody.”
It wasn’t all about Eli, though, the entire offensive game-planning:
“I feel like in the past five years, they found a way to run a Cover 2, keep everything in front, and that’s how they played me,” Beckham said. “And there’s no way to — how do we beat this? I feel like I’m being out-schemed, and then I also don’t have a chance to, like, do something where I’ve got to take a slant and go 60. And not to say that’s not fun, but it’s like I want some easy touchdowns too. I watch everybody across the league. All the top receivers get the ball the way that they, you know, should. And if they don’t, they say something about it.”
In the wake of that, Beckham was probably looking to have a flawless effort today against the Panthers, but that opportunity went out the window on this first-half punt return, when Beckham didn’t get out of the way of the ball:
Yes…. THAT'S A TOUCHDOWN pic.twitter.com/KrAQ50Oi6d
— Carolina Panthers (@Panthers) October 7, 2018
That’s not great!
Later in the half, though, Beckham found himself with an opportunity to remedy the Giants quarterback situation:
— New York Giants (@Giants) October 7, 2018
The Giants trailed 20-16 at the end of the third quarter, but at least Beckham made up for the early punt miscue. Whether he’s made up for the interview, though, remains to be seen.