Four straight games played without a touchdown may be the longest such streak of Odell Beckham Jr.’s career, but this isn’t the first time he’s headed into Week 5 without having touched the end zone.
In fact, he reminded the world on Thursday, he came into Week 5 in 2014 without having even touched the field.
“I missed four games my rookie year and still came back and did what I did,” he said of a breakout campaign in which he caught 91 passes for 1,305 yards and 12 touchdowns to win NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year honors. “The end zone, it’ll come.”
The message behind that little reminder: It’s not too late.
But it is getting there.
Beckham, speaking to reporters in the locker room on Thursday, chuckled at how often the word “frustrated” appeared in questions. He insisted he is not. But like everyone else associated with the Giants, he’d like for the offense to start functioning at a higher level and for himself to be a big part of that surge.
“It’s just a matter of when it’s going to click,” Beckham said. “We missed the first quarter of the season, we can’t have it back, but there’s still another three quarters. It’s about making the most of those . . . There does need to be a sense of urgency to play better, do better, execute, win games. But there’s definitely not a panic in my mind, in my body, soul, my heart. I’m not panicking.”
A week ago, Beckham was optimistic about a big game coming his way, and he should have been. He and the Giants were getting ready to face the Saints’ vulnerable secondary. Instead, the Giants lost and Beckham was largely a non-factor.
“I always feel like I can do the most, like I can go for a thousand yards every game,” he said. “Not literally, but that’s just how I feel. I don’t feel like I’ve been stopped, no disrespect to anybody, but I don’t feel like I can be covered. I am just very confident in me. I’ve worked an entire offseason to be able to bring the best me to this team and I just want to be able to do that.”
The Giants paid a lot of money for that best Beckham, too. So far they haven’t figured out a way to showcase it. Which has led to the goose egg in the touchdown column on his stat sheet.
“I’m not concerned,” he said of his own lack of scoring. “You seem more concerned about the end zone than me.”