Odell Beckham Jr. delivered one last flurry of jabs at the Bills.
"We're playing football and these are grown men out here," the Giants receiver said Wednesday after several Bills defenders accused him of throwing punches and instigating chippiness on the field. "I don't think anybody should be talking about what happened after they lost the game."
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That sentiment, of course, does not end the conversation.
Beckham confirmed that the NFL fined him $8,681 dollars for throwing a punch toward safety Duke Williams late in the Giants' 24-10 win on Sunday. He said he will appeal the fine.
As for the Giants' internal reaction, Tom Coughlin didn't have to pull Beckham aside to discuss the fiery play. Beckham brought himself before the judge.
"Odell actually came to me and talked about it," Coughlin said. "Obviously, I was disappointed because I think he's beyond and above a lot of that stuff, and I think he'll put it behind him."
It could be difficult. Beckham has become a bit of a target for defenders who know they can rile him up with physical play or provoke him into making silly mistakes as he did last year when he sparked a bench-clearing brawl against the Rams or when he removed his helmet on the field (he was not flagged for that infraction).
"I get punched every single game, I get hit in my face every single game," Beckham said. "They hear so much about me that I don't know if they hear so much about other people. So now, 'He's what they're talking about now, I can make my name off of him.' Or 'I could do whatever I need to do to get in that light.' "
The challenge for Beckham -- and he knew it would be coming into the season -- is keeping his cool in the face of all that.
"It's tough to walk the line," he said. "You know that they're out there targeting you and they're trying to do things to you. As much as somebody wants to say that they're not, they are, and that's just the case . . . I feel like I do a pretty good job. I didn't have any [unsportsmanlike] penalties during the game, so controlling my emotions isn't really any of my concern."
The Giants also have to walk that line with Beckham. While Coughlin said he was disappointed, he's also not going to dissuade Beckham from using his feistiness to his advantage.
"He's an emotional guy," Coughlin said. "Hey let's face it, I told him, 'I want you to continue to block the way you're blocking.' He flies around out there. Even the penalty he got called for on the screen [offensive pass interference], he did an outstanding job."
Beckham said he had conversations not only with Coughlin but with general manager Jerry Reese about his actions on the field Sunday (he does not dispute throwing the punch, which is clear in video of the game). Reese's comments: "Just keep doing your job, we love everything," Beckham said of the message. "There's no underlying story to it."
As for the comments of the Bills, Beckham was less impressed. "For a Bills team who I think is one of the best defenses in the league, could be one of the best teams in the league, just to hear remarks and stuff like that, it's kind of confusing," he said. "It kind of messes with my idea of their identity."