CHARLOTTE, N.C — Does Odell Beckham Jr. feel as if he is not being well-served by his head coach or his quarterback?
Hard to say, but his recent comments certainly more than suggest he is not happy with all the losing the Giants are doing and that Pat Shurmur and Eli Manning are not helping him be all he can be.
“I feel like, in the past five years, they found a way to play cover two. Keep everything in front of them,’’ Beckham told ESPN in an interview that aired Sunday morning. “How do we beat this? I feel like I’m getting out-schemed. I can take a slant and go 60. All the top receivers get the ball that they should, and if they don’t, they say something about it.
“Everything at the moment. It’s just everything. It’s just everything. Not to say that it isn’t going to work. But, right now, I feel like I have to work entirely too hard.”
The term “out-schemed’’ appears to be a shot at Shurmur’s offense. Beckham, in the first four games prior to Sunday’s game against the Panthers, had 31 receptions for only 331 yards, a less-than-robust average of 10.7 yards per catch. He had no touchdown receptions.
Asked if the Giants have a problem at quarterback, Beckham did not rush to defend Manning.
“Uhh, I don’t know,” Beckham said. “I feel like, he’s not going to get out of the pocket. We know Eli’s not going to run it. Can he still throw it? Yeah. It’s cool catching it shallow and trying to take it, but I want to go over the top of somebody.
“I want to be the best that I can. I don’t feel like I’m given the opportunity to be the very best that I can be. I feel like I could score every quarter, if given the opportunity. I know those numbers could be double or triple that they are right now. I want to win. I want to be great. I feel like I can score every quarter, if I’m given the chance. That’s not the case. 100 yards is a minimum. My goals are very, very high. If I don’t get the help to contribute to the team winning, money or no money, I’m not going to be OK with that.’’
In late August, Beckham signed a $95 million contract extension that made him the NFL’s highest-paid receiver. He did not sound as if he is thrilled to be in New Jersey playing for the Giants.
“At least you got paid,” Beckham said. “That, to me, is not why I came here. Obviously, you want to come here for the talent and what you’ve done. I love seeing the sunshine all the time. I love LA. I just like that atmosphere. I’m not a fan of the cold. This is where I’m at. This is where I’ll be at. Before games, I used to get butterflies. Anxious. Now, it’s something completely different. It’s not butterflies. I’ve been waiting to get here. I’m like a caged animal. This is my 60 minutes of game time.”
Beckham questioned if the Giants play with enough heart. He also wondered why the ball does not come his way more often.
“I haven’t been in the place where I feel like I can really go out and do everything that I’m capable of doing,’’ he said. “I don’t get 20 targets, like some other receivers.”
On Friday, Shurmur said, “For what?” when asked if Beckham would be disciplined for his comments. At the time, Shurmur did not know the full extent of what Beckham said. Fox Sports reported Sunday that Shurmur was “absolutely livid” about the comments and called Beckham into his office and “laid into him.”
The report also stated Shurmur told Beckham he had to “make it right” with his teammates. Beckham apologized and, according to Fox, said, “Wrong message, guys. Won’t happen again.”
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