Ever since Odell Beckham, Jr. tried to decapitate Josh Norman last year he hasn’t been the same player.
That was never more evident that on Monday night during the Giants’ game against the Vikings. Beckham had almost as many penalty yards, 15, as he did receiving, 23.
Of course that 15-yard penalty was yet another unsportsmanlike conduct penalty, this time taunting, after thinking he was hit late by Vikings cornerback Xavier Rhodes.
However, what Rhodes did is pretty much what every team that plays the Giants does now – get under Beckham’s skin and he falls apart. Beckham hasn’t had a single touchdown since that Josh Norman game after scoring an eye-popping 25 in his first 27 games.
Last week we saw Beckham kicking a net on the sideline and then breaking down into tears.
…when he is not factoring heavily into games, Beckham’s act starts to wear thin.
Nothing said that more than Manning’s willingness for a second straight week to critique Beckham’s inability to stay composed and actually pinning the responsibility on Beckham for this tight officiating in the first place.
“He’s got to play smart,” Manning said. “He can’t afford to do anything they’ll call. He’s kind of brought that upon himself, so he’s got to realize that… No doubt. Can’t afford the penalties.”
Beckham’s response after the game was that he feels like he is being singled out…
“There’s never an explanation (from the officials),” Beckham said. “It’s always it’s just my fault. That’s all I look at it as, it’s my fault. I just have to understand if I sneeze the wrong way it’ll be a flag, it’ll be a fine. If I tie my shoe the wrong way it might be a fine or a flag.
“As tough as it is to understand for a 23-yeear-old who has been blessed with a lot – God has given me a lot of ability, amazing amount of everything – and it seems like it’s all working against you,” Beckham added. “But what are you gonna do, are you gonna back down or stand up? And I’ve never been one to back down.”
Beckham then tweeted this quote from “Invictus,” a poem written by William Ernest Henley after having a leg amputated due to tuberculosis, after the game (since deleted)…
Naturally, Twitter took it “very” well. Some examples…
That last one is actually probably good advice.