Odell Beckham Jr. is the most explosive playmaker in the NFL. He is also a 23-year-old with knucklehead tendencies.
Ben McAdoo, Eli Manning, John Mara, Steve Tisch, all of Big Blue Nation, are going to have to live with the tradeoff.
If OBJ can overcome a painful hip pointer to go off for a career-high 222 yards on eight catches with two touchdowns, including the 66-yard game-winning score with 1:24 remaining after sprinting to a 75-yard TD in the third quarter, then they can accept him fumbling on the first play of the game, foolishly picking up a penalty for taking off his helmet right after the winning score, then getting down on one knee to propose to the kicking net.
He seems to be taking his relationship with that net seriously, after it bopped him in the head when he swung his helmet at it following a damaging end zone interception by Manning against Washington. He made the first makeup move last week in Green Bay by kissing the net after he scored.
Nuptials are next.
“Well, our relationship is growing,” Beckham said. “I thought we might as well make it serious. I proposed and she said yes. Me and the net are going to get married sometime soon. Hopefully, it works out. I’m 23, so I don’t know much about marriage. She seems like a pretty nice gal.”
He played along when I suggested he and the net would have interesting looking children.
“They will be nice,” he said. “Blonde nettish.”
Beckham is not just a threat to score from anywhere on the field. He is an entertainer. He is a show. He is Saturday Night Live all by himself. The Beckham Show ratings were terrific Sunday: The Giants broke a three-game losing streak with a wild finish in a 27-23 victory over the Ravens to get to 3-3 heading into their game next Sunday in London.
Odell Beckham Jr.’s antics with the kicking net, etc. are tolerable when the Giants are winning.
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Who knows what magic Beckham will come up with on the international stage?
“Should be a fun opportunity,” he said. “I’m looking forward to everything coming with it.”
Manning broke out of his slump with 403 yards passing and three scores. When Manning and Beckham are connecting, it changes everything for the Giants.
Beckham’s 222 yards were one more than the Giants gained as a team last week in Green Bay. Manning played aggressive and was decisive after weeks of playing uncharacteristically tentative.
“I thought I had some good plays,” Manning said. “When we had some guys open, hit the plays that we needed to. Still some things to clean up and get better, but I thought I made some good decisions, threw the ball accurately and made the plays that were needed to win the game.”
All the nonsense aside, OBJ is a great player. The Lawrence Taylor of the offense.
“The guy is just a straight baller,” Victor Cruz said. “He just wants to win and compete every single time he touches the football. That’s what you love about him.”
No player has been dissected more than Beckham the first five weeks of the season. When he’s got his mind right, he’s unstoppable.
Beckham is always going to be the main attraction.
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What about the antics? “I can’t be worried about that,” Cruz said. “I’m worried about Odell the player. That’s my teammate. That’s one of my best friends. I just want to continue to see him win. All the other stuff, the coaches, they will handle all that stuff. I’m just happy to see him on the field playing at a high level.”
Beckham saved the Giants on Sunday in the second half. He was helped when Jimmy Smith, Baltimore’s best corner, was injured in the first half and unable to continue. Beckham spent some time in the locker room in the second quarter after injuring his hip.
He took advantage of Smith’s absence when he put a double move on Will Davis — a “whirly-bird,” Manning said — that left Davis trailing as Beckham grabbed Manning’s pass at the Ravens 46 and raced the rest of the way for a 75-yard score. Despite the hip problems, OBJ celebrated in the end zone as though competing in the Olympics with a triple jump. He then raced to the sideline and placed himself under the net.
His second touchdown might have saved the Giants season, although Beckham managed to add his own brand of drama. The Giants had a fourth-and-1 at their own 34. Just 1:36 remained and they trailed 23-20.
Manning put Beckham in position to run a slant from right to left. The receiver caught the six-yard pass, then safety Eric Weddle and cornerback Tavon Young bumped into each other, clearing the way for OBJ to cut left and race 60 yards to the end zone. He appeared to be beyond the end line when he took off his helmet. A flag was thrown because Beckham’s helmet came off during a touchdown celebration. Beckham then kept running and proposed to the net.
Instead of kicking off from the 35, Josh Brown had to kick off from the 20. Instead of a likely touchback, the Ravens ran it out to the 32.
That could have been seven crucial yards. But the Giants’ defense, which had a terrific four-down goal-line stand late in the third quarter, allowed the Ravens to get to the New York 29 before Joe Flacco’s end zone Hail Mary on the final play was batted away.
If OBJ’s helmet penalty had ended up costing the Giants the game, he knew his behavior would have led to him being vilified again.
Beckham the football player was enough to overcome Beckham the entertainer, and now the Giants are off to London, where he’ll have a new audience anxious to see the show.
Source: NY Daily News Headlines Sports News