Odell Beckham Jr. has had emotional outbursts in each of the Giants last two games – both losses. And, after being held to a career-low 23 yards in a 24-10 loss to the Vikings on Monday, Beckham said that football is his “sanctuary” but that he’s “not having fun anymore.”
Beckham had 25 touchdown receptions in 2014-15. He has zero in 2016.
Are his outbursts affecting the team?
“Here’s the bottom line: Whenever you get penalties, it obviously can affect your team,” CBSSports.com NFL analyst Brady Quinn said on CBS Sports Radio’s The DA Show. “But the truth of the mater is, there’s always emotional guys like that. They kind of tend to be wide receivers. Most guys on the team, they don’t want to see that, they don’t want to hear that, they don’t want guys to be overly dramatic like he’s been, but he’s a passionate player. I think he’s frustrated with the way things have been this year. And the fact of the matter is, they’re professionals. As long as people are doing their job and as long as they’re executing, people don’t really care. But when you’re not having a big game, when you’re getting penalized and pushing your team back on drives, that’s when it comes into play. I think that’s why you’ve seen Eli Manning speak out about it because he obviously felt like it hurt them in that game. And then you’ve got to question if it’s affecting him mentally and it’s affecting his ability to run better routes and focus on the football.”
Beckham had several heated exchanges with Minnesota corner Xavier Rhodes on Monday night. Quinn, to be fair, understood why Beckham was angry, as it appeared Rhodes pushed Beckham when he was already out of bounds and nothing was called.
Either way, the Giants need to corral their star wideout as soon as possible, and that starts with Eli Manning.
Should Manning pull Beckham aside at practice and talk to him?
“I don’t even know if it’s things that you say to him in practice,” Quinn said. “I honestly feel like it’s you having him over with your family for dinner. It’s you trying to get to know him a little bit, seeing if there’s something else that’s going on outside of football that’s maybe making him act this way. I think people forget it’s not just about stuff on the field. It’s about people’s personal lives too and what happens when they go home and different frustrations and things that are going on. I would try to just dig in a little bit deeper and get to know Odell Beckham as a person and make sure he’s got an understanding of who I am and who he is and all that so that maybe that rapport and that chemistry is translated onto the field.
“The game of football is always going to have emotion,” Quinn continued. “There’s always going to be passion. But then there’s that connection you have with that player that allows you to kind of connect out there on the field and have the ability to calm down guys when they get too emotional like that. So that’s what I think it’s going to come down to. It’s going to come down to Eli Manning continuing to try to get to know Odell Beckham Jr. more as a man and hopefully there becomes that respect and that bond where Odell Beckham will respect more of what Eli Manning is saying to him. The fact of the matter is, it doesn’t seem like he’s willing to kind of change his behavior or change the way he’s acting right now for anyone on that Giants team.”
The Giants (2-2) play the Packers (2-1) at Lambeau Field on Sunday Night Football at 8:30 p.m. ET.