Odell Beckham Jr. is ready to do his part to get the New York Giants back on a winning path.
But the outspoken wide receiver also said he can’t do it alone.
“I’m ready to talk about the Atlanta Falcons,” Beckham said. “I think we’re 1-5 and we need to start winning games.”
“Everybody needs to do more. I need to play better. I can’t say that I’ve had my best games. I can’t say I’ve done enough. ... We win games together, we lose games together.”
With the Giants at 1-5 preparing for Monday Night Football in Atlanta, Beckham put himself on the spot by flinging arrows at teammates and the offense in general in a wide-ranging ESPN interview last week. Beckham’s critique drew the ire of ownership, and John Mara said publicly he needs “less talk, more play” from Beckham.
On Friday, Beckham said he has not yet talked to Mara and did not confirm he was fined by the team as ESPN reported this week.
Mara said quarterback Eli Manning, 37, has become an easy target but said there is plenty of blame to go around. Beckham signed a six-year, $103 million contract before the start of the 2018 season. He said this week on Uninterrupted that he would not apologize for his critical comments.
Beckham, asked Friday about Manning turning this around after his sluggish start, didn’t offer blatant support.
“You gotta ask him,” Beckham said. “I tell him every time we get in the huddle, ‘Take me home, 10.’ Which to me carries weight because he’s been there. He knows how to win. He knows what he’s doing, he’s the most prepared of anybody I’ve ever seen. That’s exactly what I say, ‘Take me home.’
“We’ve got to start picking it up. We’ve got to. ... We’ve just been beaten. Some games we’ve been out-executed. We just need to win.”
—Field Level Media