An interview with ESPN that aired Sunday morning could cause renewed friction between wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr and the New York Giants.
During training camp, he signed a five-year contract extension worth $95 million, with $65 million guaranteed, ending preseason drama between the two sides.
But on Sunday, Beckham expressed frustration with his role on the offense and didn’t express much confidence in quarterback Eli Manning in the interview with Josina Anderson, recorded earlier in the week and also featuring rap star Lil Wayne.
Asked whether Manning was the cause of the Giants’ offensive woes, Beckham didn’t exactly stick up for Manning.
“I don’t know,” Beckham began.
“Like I said, I feel like he’s not going to get out the pocket. He’s not — we know Eli’s not running it. But is it a matter of time issue? Can he still throw it, yeah, but it’s been pretty safe and it’s been, you know ... cool catching shallow (passes) and trying to take it to the house. But I’m, you know, I want to go over the top of somebody.”
Manning and Beckham have hooked up for 38 touchdown passes since the wideout entered the NFL in 2014, but have yet to connect this season.
“I feel like I’m being outschemed, and then I also don’t have a chance to, like, do something where I’ve got to take a slant and go 60,” Beckham said of his role in the offense. “And not to say that’s not fun, but it’s like I want some easy touchdowns too. I watch everybody across the league. All the top receivers get the ball the way that they, you know, should.
“And if they don’t, they say something about it.”
The Giants are now 1-3 on the season and face the 2-1 Carolina Panthers on the road Sunday.
On the season so far, Beckham has 31 catches for 331 yards but has yet to score.
—Field Level Media