Giants’ GM Jerry Reese Goes Off on Odell Beckham Jr.
On the field, Odell Beckham Jr. is arguably one of the greatest wide receivers in the game, but off the field (and sometimes on) the wideout needs some growing up to do. The 24-year-old WR played in his first postseason game against the Green Bay Packers and laid an egg — catching only four passes for 28 yards.
Beckham and the Giants were highly criticized for their Miami yacht trip before the Packers game and everyone knew if they didn’t show up that it would be talked about the whole entire week. Beckham must’ve known that because after the game he allegedly punched a hole in a wall in frustration.
Fans aren’t the only ones who are fed up with Beckham’s antics, Giants general manager Jerry Reese sounded off on the receiver.
“We all have had to grow up at different times in our lives, and it is time for him to do that,” Giants general manager Jerry Reese said of Beckham at his year-end press conference in the team’s field house. “He is a little bit of a lightning rod because of what he does on the football field, but the things he does off the football field, he has to be responsible for those things.”
The Giants receivers weren’t the main reason the Giants lost, Aaron Rodgers threw for 4 touchdowns against the New York defense. But the WR’s yacht excursion in Miami six days before the Giants’ first playoff game in five years didn’t help the core’s cause.
Beckham was targeted 11 times and dropped three passes, including one in the end zone.
“I see a guy who needs to think about some of the things that he does,” Reese said on Monday. “Everybody knows that he is a gifted player, but there are some things that he has done that he needs to look at himself in the mirror and be honest with himself about—and I think he will do that. We will help him with that, but he has to help himself, and we believe he will do that. He is a smart guy, but sometimes he doesn’t do smart things.”
Beckham wasn’t in the locker room during media availability on Monday.