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Giants need to use Odell Beckham Jr.'s athleticism to their advantage

Odell Beckham #13 of the New York Giants

Odell Beckham #13 of the New York Giants makes a catch against Brandon Carr #39 of the Dallas Cowboys in the fourth quarter of a game at AT&T Stadium on Sept. 13, 2015 in Arlington, Texas. Credit: Getty Images / Tom Pennington

Dan Quinn joked (or half-joked) on Wednesday about Odell Beckham Jr.'s potential as a safety. It's a preposterous idea. Beckham is a wide receiver, right?

Actually, he's a lot more than that. It's just that the Giants have not yet allowed him to show it this year.

Last season, they had Beckham, the most dynamic athlete on their roster and one of the most exciting players in the league, bouncing all over the field. He was taking end-arounds, tosses out of the backfield, even throwing passes 70 yards in the air. We haven't seen any of that creativity this season, not even in training camp or the preseason.

Is that still an option?

"As we go forward -- we've played one game, you're not going to see it all in one game -- you'll see more," Tom Coughlin said on Thursday.

Coughlin did admit that Beckham needs to have the ball more. He was targeted on a team-high eight passes Sunday against the Cowboys and caught five for 44 yards.

"We'd like to have more," Coughlin said. "But let's face it, for the majority of the game there weren't a lot of snaps. Believe me, we're trying to maneuver the ball around."

And get it to Beckham, who did have two big third-down catches on the drive that ended in dysfunction in the fourth quarter after a rather pedestrian game otherwise. The Giants did move him around so the defense wouldn't get a lock on him, but he was used only as a receiver.

"He lines up everywhere," Coughlin said. "He's got all kinds of motion, he lines up inside, he lines up outside. He's number 2, number 3, number 1. He lines up everywhere."

He also motioned out of the backfield. But that's part of "everywhere" for a normal receiver. Beckham isn't normal. His parameters are different, and the Giants need to utilize that.

"Just something to get the team going," Beckham said when asked about the offense lacking explosive plays in the opener. "Whether it was a big run or a big pass or whatever it is, we need to do more to fire this team up."

Beckham seems like the guy to do that. The Giants just have to be creative in finding a way. They need to be OTB (outside the box) with OBJ.

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