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Giants news, 1/7: Odell Beckham thanks fans after "rollercoaster" year

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New York Giants headlines for Thursday, January 7.

Jim O'Connor-USA TODAY Sports

Good morning, New York Giants fans! Here are some headlines to follow for Thursday morning.

Odell Beckham Jr. pens thank you letter to fans

Giants star receiver Odell Beckham Jr. continued his ascent toward the top of the NFL this year. Beckham set numerous records, dazzled fans with incredible catches, and won the cover vote for this year's edition of Madden. However, it wasn't all roses, as the Giants stumbled to a 6-10 record for the second straight season and Beckham was suspended for one game after playing dangerously against the Carolina Panthers in Week 15. And of course, Tom Coughlin stepped down as head coach. Despite all that, the Pro Bowl receiver is ready to come back better than ever. Here's what Beckham had to say on his website:

Giants Nation, I wanted to take some time to write y’all and thank you for all your support this year. It’s unfortunate the way things panned out. It didn’t go the way we planned, but y’all stayed by our side. All we can do is try harder next year. We are turning the page and can start a new chapter. I’m just going to work on getting bigger and stronger, looking to come back and compete at my best next year.

This year has been a rollercoaster and I still have some more growing and learning to do. To be in company with Randy Moss, I can’t ask for much more. I’ve looked up to him my whole life and to do some of the things I’ve done with this team, it’s something special. I will continue to play my heart out and put my best foot forward.

It’s gong to be different next year without Coach Coughlin. I have really grown with him. He taught me how to be a man. He’s always going to be my coach, as he was the first one to guide me in the NFL. Thank you all for sticking by my side. I wouldn’t be here without you.

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