Eli Manning Says Odell’s Antics Will Be a Distraction Whether They Win or Lose (Audio)
On Sunday, New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. showed the world what made him a household name in the first place after recording eight catches for 222 yards and two touchdowns in a 27-23 victory over the Baltimore Ravens.
After his late game touchdown, Beckham still received a penalty for removing his helmet. Cameras then followed him as he kneeled to propose to the same kicking net he made famous weeks ago when he punched it in frustration.
After the game, head coach Ben McAdoo was not feeling the antics, so he reprimanded Beckham for removing his helmet and causing a penalty.
“We need to keep our focus on the ball game,” McAdoo said Monday in his weekly conference call of Beckham’s going down on one knee for the whole world to see.
“He came up to me right after. We had a discussion about it. Can’t have it. He knows that,” McAdoo said. “He went out and wanted to fire up our kick coverage and the defense. He knows we can’t have it.”
New York Giants QB Eli manning isn’t a fan of the antics either, stating they will be a distraction whether the Giants win or lose—but they’re easier to deal with when the team is winning.
“I think with a win you can ignore it (the constant Beckham storylines) a little bit easier, kind of let the coach handle — obviously we’ve got to be careful about getting penalties late in the game and putting our defense in a bind right there,” Manning said.
“But he (Beckham) made plays, and so it’s one of those deals where hey, you can get real sick of it if he’s not going out there and making plays, but when he goes out and has a couple huge catches and 200 yards and a game-winning touchdown, you still want him to be smarter, but you accept it a little easier.”