There’t not a player in the NFL that’s as fun to watch or as dangerous on the field as Odell Beckham Jr. At the same time, however, there’s no player whose decisions and actions are so frustrating.
The New York Giants began their OTA’s this week, and Beckham hasn’t showed up. Granted, these are technically optional workouts, but ‘optional’ in the NFL pretty much means mandatory. While Beckham is still working out in California in preparation for the upcoming season, it amazes me as to why he won’t do the right thing and show up to these OTA’s. Eli Manning and Brandon Marshall showed up, and as the best player and a supposed leader on this team, Beckham should do the same.
This isn’t the first questionable decision Beckham has made. Whether it’s his temper tantrum-riddled first half of the 2016 season or his decision to go down to Miami on an off Monday with the rest of the Giant receivers the week of a playoff game against Green Bay, Beckham never seems to make the right choices and do what’s expected of a great NFL player.
Most of the league’s best, including Tom Brady and Antonio Brown, are at OTA’s trying to get better and prepare for a long season. They don’t want to leave anything to chance and say after the season that they could’ve or should’ve done more, and I’m afraid that’s what Beckham will do if the Giants fail to win the Super Bowl this year.
His team is a bonafide favorite to win the NFC East and possibly the NFC in general, and the fact that Beckham isn’t getting extra reps with Manning and just being there to work with his fellow receivers and pass on some wisdom to New York’s rookies is concerning. Beckham is a key cog in this machine that’s expected to keep playing until February, and the fact that he’s not with them this week just looks bad.
If Odell Beckham wants to be considered the best receiver and one of the best players in the league, he has to change his attitude. The players that are truly great in this league soak up every opportunity to get better with their respective teams and get on the same page for the entire season.
The Giants are championship contenders this season, and it’s time Beckham started taking that seriously.