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Odell Beckham’s decline in production is startling

Fun? It’s no fun looking at these numbers.

NFL: New York Giants at Green Bay Packers
Odell Beckham and the kicking net make up after his touchdown Sunday night.
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New York Giants coach Ben McAdoo said Monday that “a little bit of everything” has contributed to the team’s struggles in the passing game. Those struggles have quarterback Eli Manning with just five touchdown passes to go along with four interceptions through five games.

One of the big reasons is the declining production of star wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. Peter King posted this graphic Monday showing that decline:

Rec. Yards Avg. Per Game TDs
First 26 Games 2,701 103.9 25
Past 6 Games 413 68.8 1

The line of demarcation is, of course, the 2015 Josh Norman game. In the six games after his suspension last season, Beckham has not been nearly as productive. Beckham caught five passes Sunday and got his first touchdown, but had just 56 receiving yards.

Are teams playing the Giants differently? Is Beckham a different guy? Is Manning part of the problem? The play-calling?

We will be taking a deeper look at the issues with Beckham and the passing game. For now, though, let’s just discuss those numbers. What is going on with Beckham and how, in your mind, can the Giants get their best player once again playing like their best player?