Odell Beckham Jr. feels like the world is against him, but according to one report, NFL referees are trying to protect him. ESPN reported Wednesday that officials have been instructed to look for opponents trying to bait Beckham into having an outburst and incurring a penalty.
Certainly, the wide receiver has become a target. That was the case after his meltdown against Josh Norman a year ago, and was only reinforced on Monday when he earned an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty against Xavier Rhodes after what Beckham presumably felt was a late hit.
But the source also said that Beckham has to be display more appropriate behavior as well. That is at the crux of what Eli Manning has been saying through the press, noting that Beckham has to realize there’s more scrutiny on him. That was proven Monday by the flag against him — which may not have been thrown in other circumstances. But then again, late hits like the one he received by Rhodes happen frequently around the league without incident. Beckham was the one who escalated the conflict after he and Rhodes had started to get chippy just a play or two earlier.
Rhodes was also effective against Beckham in the game, limiting him to just 23 yards.
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