You’re tired of the Odell Beckham story, I know. Still, with so much having happened Thursday regarding the New York Giants star and so many stories having been written, I figured it might be worth just putting them all in one place so you can catch up on anything you might have missed.
Call it your Odell Beckham scorecard. Anyway, here are Thursday’s Beckham headlines.
Giants’ OC: Defenders “afraid” to cover Beckham
“The only reason a guy tries to get him off his game is because they're not confident enough in their abilities. They're afraid to match-up against him one-on-one, mano a mano if you will.” he said.
“It just comes down to the competitive spirit. Let's talk about the whole macho thing, what macho means, 'I'm a tough guy.' If I know the source of your motivation is because you're afraid of me. Because you don't want to match up against me. So what?” — Mike Sullivan (Read the full story)
Beckham wants to be a role model
“I think I just have to control what I can control. I can control myself. I can’t control anything else but what I do. I definitely know I can do a better job at that. The thing that kills me is that I remember when I was a kid. I remember when I looked up to someone and watched them, emulated them. What I’m doing is not something I would want a 6-year-old boy to be out there and learn from. Honestly, as funny as it sounds, that’s really all I care about. Just being able to have that ability to be a blessing to someone else. To be an inspiration. That’s a lot of power. That’s very powerful to me. It feeds my soul. I would never, again, want to set a bad example for any kids or anything like that. I’m just doing the best to be me.” — Odell Beckham (Read the full story)
John Mara talks Beckham — at the Vatican
Giants’ co-owner John Mara couldn’t escape Beckham questions, even on a trip to the Vatican. He called Beckham “a young man who is very emotional but he's basically a very good young man who does a lot of good things off the field.” (Read the full quote)
Coaches ready to bench Beckham?
This news was reported by SB Nation’s Thomas George. He wrote, in part:
Here is where the Giants are with Odell Beckham, Jr. -- another meltdown at Green Bay on Sunday night and he will be benched. And depending on the severity of it, he could be suspended by the team for at least one game, maybe two.
Two different Giants coaches told me this on Wednesday. This has been the straight talk, the real talk with Beckham. They do not expect, however, that it will come to this. They think he gets it. They think the worst of his in-game tantrums are over. (Read the full story)
Players defend Beckham
“I think he'll be fine. It was one play that he got hit a little late on the sidelines. One play out of many; I don't think we have to make a big deal about it. I don't know if he should have been called for it (the penalty vs. the Vikings). He thought he was hit late; he didn't hit anybody late. He just seemed to be complaining more to the referee about it more than anything. He obviously got called for taunting. I don't know if that was taunting necessarily. Again, he had one incident last year that I kind of feel was inappropriate with Norman. Since that, I don't think he's done anything that's been harmful to another player so I don't think it's a big deal.” — Eli Manning (Read the full story)
McAdoo spars with Francesa
Giants coach Ben McAdoo had a testy exchange with Mike Francesa on Thursday during which the WFAN radio host told McAdoo “I think you guys are doing a lousy job with him.” He later added, “I’m going to gather that you condone his behavior.”