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Odell Beckham Jr. slowed but still makes seven catches, scores TD

New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham scores

New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham scores on a touchdown pass from quarterback Eli Manning against the Philadelphia Eagles during the first half of a game Monday, Oct. 19, 2015, in Philadelphia. Credit: AP / Matt Rourke

PHILADELPHIA - In answer to the big question leading into Monday night's game: Odell Beckham Jr. was active.

But that was simply a designation of his availability. It certainly was not a description of his play in the second half of the Giants' 27-7 loss to the Eagles, when he was consistently on the field but targeted only once and did not have a reception. The offense squandered two turnovers and could not produce any points in those final 30 minutes.

"We have to find a way to keep the ball moving," Beckham said of a stagnant offense that had 10 first downs in the first quarter and eight for the rest of the game. "We just have to play better, pure and simple."

As for the hamstring that did not allow Beckham to practice this past week and left him as a game-time decision, the wide receiver said he doesn't feel as if he did any further damage by playing. He did admit, however, that he was not running at 100-percent speed.

"You just have to manage it and know that you can't put it all out there," he said. "You just give as much as you can, and I'm going to give it all to this team every single week."

Despite the long dry spell, Beckham still had a team-high seven catches for 61 yards and the only touchdown. He didn't say whether he would be available to practice this week in preparation for the Cowboys game on Sunday. The Giants have a short week to prepare.

"Just try to stay on top of it,'' he said, "and manage it as best you can."


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