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Giants news, 9/21: Giants need big plays from Odell Beckham

Star receiver is catching passes, but not impacting games

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Odell Beckham Jr. has 15 receptions after two games. That puts him on pace for a career-high 120 receptions. Which sounds nice until you realize his longest reception has been 24 yards and his 10.8 yards per catch average is 3.2 yards per catch below his career average of 14.0 yards per catch.

The deep ball has been missing from the Giants’ offense. Eli Manning has completed 56 passes, but only one of them -- a 37-yarder to Cody Latimer last Sunday night in Dallas -- gained more than 25 yards.

“It just hasn’t happened,” Beckham said today of the deep balls. “We had some shots, but we just didn’t connect on them. It’s all happening so fast, these first two games. Get the jitters out of the way, and get the season going.

“It’s easier said than done. Like Coach said, you don’t just want to throw them into coverage and stuff like that, but just finding ways to get the ball into the hands of the playmakers and allow us to make plays and keep the ball moving, keep this offense going in the right direction.”

“I think we need to get the ball in the hands of the playmakers the right way,” coach Pat Shurmur said. “The first game, Odell touched it a bunch (15 targets, plus a rushing attempt). Last game, Saquon (Barkley) touched it 25 times. Really, it doesn’t matter if we’re running it or throwing it to him, he touched the ball 25 times. We’ve got to do a better job in all areas so there’s a little bit more space, I get that, but it’s certainly important to get the ball to your playmakers and we will continue to do that the best we can.”

“We want to obviously get him (Beckham) involved,” offensive coordinator Mike Shula said. “He’s such a productive player for us and get him involved early, so I think it’s just – the easiest thing to say is yeah we got to game plan that, but he and Eli, they have such a good feel for the game. Just continue to utilize, not just their talents, but their awareness and their intelligence to be able to get him the football, whether or not it’s short passes, inside passes, outside passes, all that kind of stuff.”

Why the Giants added WR Stacy Coley

Shurmur coached Coley, added via waivers on Wednesday, in Minnesota last season.

“He’s got good speed, contributes on special teams and he’s caught punts before, kicks,” Shurmur said. “He has that ability and he was a young, developmental receiver when I had him a year ago. But he’s a good player and we’re fortunate he was available. We just felt like it would be a good guy to add to the mix.”

Janoris Jenkins: Giants “way better” than they have shown

Cornerback Janoris Jenkins remains optimistic despite the Giants’ 0-2 start.

“One game at a time. We understand what we’re in, what we got ourselves in, and we feel like we’re way better than that, so we’re just going to come out and play football, and have fun.”

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