Odell Beckham Jr. didn’t come right out and say the Giants’ offense has become too predictable, but he sure seemed to hint at it after practice Wednesday.
The Giants’ star receiver recounted a conversation he had with Buccaneers cornerback Vernon Hargreaves after Sunday’s 25-23 loss to the Buccaneers in Tampa, during which Hargreaves suggested the Bucs had the Giants’ game plan figured out.
“When I was talking to Hargreaves after the game and he was just like we know a lot of what you’re doing,” Beckham said. “It still just comes to the point where you have to trust it.”
“Yeah, I mean, they study film,” Beckham said. “We just have to trust 10 [Eli Manning] to make the throw like he did, not put anything extra on [a route Beckham ran during the game], because if I didn’t put something extra on it, the timing probably would have been perfectly right. I didn’t get my head around fast enough, but we’ll be all right.”
When it was suggested that opponents knowing what plays are coming might be a sign the Giants need to change things up on offense, Beckham replied, “It’s the system. It’s our offense. We were 11-5 last year and we were running the same thing. So, is it really this or are we just not executing right? And, I don’t think we’re executing the way that we can, at a higher level. It wasn’t a problem last year when we were winning games. So, it’s just a matter of execution, really.”
Beckham has had his share of dropped passes, which doesn’t help the offense.
“Drops don’t really bother me,” he said. “It’s just something, my confidence is too high. You know, you drop the ball, it’s definitely an accident. I didn’t do it on purpose.”
Another problem affecting the offense: an inability to score in the first half. Through four games, the Giants have scored a combined two touchdowns in the first half.
“I think we just came out slow,” he said. “Looking back on it, I remember the first two years I was here (in 2014-15), we went 6-10, but we were losing games by 2-3 points, and it’s really that much of a difference,” he said. “So, coming out and giving our defense energy by scoring, making them when they get on the field say, ‘Alright, well, offense score. It’s time for us to get a stop.’ It’s a give and take.”
Beckham would love to be in a position to make the kind of big plays that have become his signature.
“What receiver doesn’t want to catch a post and score the touchdown and make big plays,” he said. “Like, yeah. We wish we could get those, but we take what we can get right now. We move the ball productively and effectively and we’ll see where we go from there. Of course, everybody wants big plays, but we’re taking what we can get right now.”
Beckham came out of the game with a dislocated finger and more pain in his injured left ankle. Which was bothering him more after the game?
“Losing record, 0-4,” he said, referencing the Giants’ winless start. “You can fight through all the pain in the world, but losing games is not fun. We had a tough game. We had a tough loss. Got some days until Sunday to recover and get right.”
As the Giants prepare for Sunday’s game against the 0-4 Chargers, Beckham does so with a sense of optimism.
“Head up like a nose bleed,” Beckham said of the team’s mentality. “I don’t see myself tanking. I don’t see myself giving in and honestly, I feel like this was the breaking point for us. This is going to be the turnaround. This is going to be where things start to go our way. We start to make plays. We do all that. I’m fully confident in us doing what we have to do to get to where we need to be at. So, there’s no real walking around here with your head down . . . Got 12 more games. What do you want to do in them? It’s up to us.”