Lost in all the hub-bub over the status of New York Giants coach Tom Coughlin is the return to action Sunday is the return to action of Odell Beckham Jr. The star wide receiver will play against the Philadelphia Eagles in the season finale after serving his one-game suspension last week for his actions two games ago against the Carolina Panthers.
Beckham promised earlier in the week that he would still play with the same emotion, but that he would try to control the extra-curricular stuff that got him into trouble.
"I don't think I'm going to change the way that I play, but I think I'll change the actions that were on the field that Sunday," Beckham said. "It's not what we should be doing, it's not what I would want to represent the Giants as, and like I said, most importantly it's not something that I would want the kids looking up to and learning from me that way. That's definitely not what I want to put out there for them."
Sunday's game won't prove one way or the other if Beckham will be able to do that, but it will be a good opportunity for him to get on the field and put the bitter taste of the Carolina game and the suspension that followed behind him.
"It was tough. It was tough just not being able to be here with my teammates. I think sometimes you're so fortunate to be able to do this and you may take it for granted like, ‘Oh, I don't want to go into work today' and just having some time off, being able to sit back and you really miss this. You miss being here and I'm definitely happy to be back," Beckham said during the week.
Beckham can reach a few milestones with a good performance against the Eagles. He has 91 catches on the season and can become the second player in franchise history with at least 100 receptions (Steve Smith, 107 in 2009). He shares the franchise record for touchdowns in a single season with Homer Jones (13) and needs one to hold the record alone. He has 1,396 yards receiving this season and need 141 to surpass Victor Cruz's 2011 record of 1,536.
Regardless of whether he gets those records or not the Giants will be glad to see him on the field -- especially if he plays like the insanely gifted star the Giants have come to depend on.