By most standards, Odell Beckham Jr.’s touchdown catch that put away Sunday’s game against the Lions was spectacular — a one-handed grab (with his left hand, no less) for the game-clinching score in the final minutes of the fourth quarter.
“You mean for the average human being, it’s pretty difficult,” Victor Cruz said of Beckham’s 4-yard touchdown catch that gave the Giants a 17-6 lead with 5:47 to play. “For him, it’s routine. It’s not up there. Not even close.”
No, it wasn’t the one-handed catch he made while falling down in a Sunday night game against the Cowboys two years ago. But Beckham grabbed a pass that most receivers would struggle to catch and turned it into the touchdown that put away the Lions.
Beckham ran an “out” route toward the right sideline, and Eli Manning’s pass led him a bit too much. But Beckham grabbed it with his left hand, pulled it toward his body and had the presence of mind to place the ball over the goal line before his momentum took him out of bounds.
“The guy can change the complexion of the game with one pass, with one return, whatever the case may be,” Cruz said. “That’s what you want out of your playmaker.”
It was another productive, if not extraordinary, game for Beckham, who led the Giants with six catches for 64 yards and the touchdown. He also made a critical 25-yard catch at the Lions’ 36-yard line four plays before the touchdown.
The play came a week after Beckham scored what proved to be the winning touchdown in a 10-7 victory over the Cowboys. In that one, he caught a short pass from Manning on a slant route and took it in for a 61-yard TD by outrunning cornerback Brandon Carr.
For Beckham, it’s all good. Just not good enough.
“I’m very greedy with myself, and I expect more out of myself, no matter what it is,” he said. “It’s almost never enough. It’s unfair of me to do that, but it’s just how it’s always been. It’s never going to be enough. I don’t want to say I’m ungrateful for what I’ve done — I’m very grateful for every opportunity and achievement — but I’m very greedy for more.”
Beckham certainly was pleased with the win, but he’s not satisfied with an offense that has scored only 41 points in the last three games and still hasn’t scored more than 28 in a game this season.
“I still feel like we leave too much chicken on the bone as an offense,” he said. “But hey, we’re finding ways to win. The defense is holding teams to six points. This offense, I think we’re right there. The breakout game is coming soon.”
Beckham said he is mindful of setting the right tone and not letting his emotions get the best of him, something that has been a problem since his epic meltdown last December against Panthers cornerback Josh Norman.
“I have to do a better job of keeping myself under control,” he said, “knowing that everybody is watching, knowing that guys on my team are watching and looking at me and making sure I give off the right energy.”