Odell Beckham Jr. says he will learn from the events of the past two weeks, which saw him involved in some ugly on-field incidents and serve a one-game suspension for those actions.
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Ben McAdoo hopes Beckham doesn’t learn too much, though.
“I like him salty,” McAdoo said of the second-year receiver’s energy and passion on the field. “I like that physicality, I like that in a player, a guy who does walk the line. I think that’s what makes him who he is. We just have to keep the flags in the officials’ pockets.”
That’s the balance that the Giants and Beckham need to find going forward, beginning with Sunday’s game against the Eagles.
“I don’t think I’m going to change the way that I play, but I think I’ll change the actions that were on the field that Sunday,” Beckham said on Wednesday in his first public remarks since the suspension last week. “It’s not what we should be doing, it’s not what I would want to represent the Giants as.”
Ryan Nassib completed all five of his passes, including one for a touchdown, when he came in to relieve Eli Manning in Sunday’s blowout by the Vikings. “It was nice to be able to get out and play for once,” the backup quarterback said of his only action so far this season.
That once may be all, however. Despite the game Sunday not affecting either team’s already dashed playoff chances, Tom Coughlin said he doesn’t expect to yank Manning just for the sake of getting Nassib on the field.
“I’m concerned with winning the game first and foremost,” Coughlin said.
“Business as usual,” Nassib said of the lack of any specific plan for him to play. “I wouldn’t expect anything less.”
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