A week ago, Odell Beckham Jr. was heavily critical of his team’s performance on offense. Now, even after their loss against the Panthers, Beckham believes his words have awoken a sleeping giant. At the very least, he doesn’t regret what he said.
“I don’t regret anything,” Beckham told ESPN’s Jordan Raanan. “I don’t regret anything that I said. IF it took that for us to come together as a team like we did Sunday, I can take that every single time.”
The words certainly did spark the Giants’ offense, as Beckham threw a spiraling touchdown pass to Saquon Barkley to start. He would also haul in his first touchdown of the year from Eli Manning. The usually outspoken OBJ met with Manning and head coach Pat Shurmur addressing his previous comments, and eventually spoke to the entire team.
“It was very receptive,” Beckham said of his team meeting. “I’m happy I did because there was a part of me that was a little reluctant or didn’t want to because it was a tough position. It was a hard thing to do. It was part of the growth process I’m going through. And if I could do it all again I would do the same thing.”
Shurmur adds that his issues with Beckham are now resolved. Now he just wants the entire team to move forward.
“Alright, listen, I’m going to answer all the drama questions right now and I’m going to go back to what I said. I addressed it with Odell. … with our team,” Shurmur told Raanan. “I publicly declare that I didn’t agree with his comments and I asked anybody that was interested if they wanted clarification to go to Odell because he’s a big man. Now, I’m not going to give the public a pound of flesh on this, alright. That would make me small not strong.”
However, the Giants are still just 1-4 on the season despite OBJ’s criticism. But they are coming off their best offensive performance of the season. That said, it didn’t mean much in the end as Graham Gano’s 63-yard FG sunk them with the seconds ticking down. But if it means the Giants get their act together for the rest of the season, so be it. After all, the NFC East looks pretty wide open this season.