Eli Manning says Odell Beckham kind of brought scrutiny 'upon himself'
The Giants quarterback thinks his top receiver isn't helping himself
Last week, coach Ben McAdoo called OBJ a "distraction" for his sideline behavior against the Redskins in the Giants loss. This week it's quarterback Eli Manning calling out Beckham, with Manning saying after Monday night's loss to the Vikings that Beckham has to "play smart."
Manning was specifically asked about Beckham being penalized for unsportsmanlike behavior, and said OBJ "kind of brought that upon himself."
"He's got to be aware people are looking for him. He's got to play smart," Manning said. "He can't afford to do anything they'll call. He's kind of brought that upon himself, so he's got to realize that."
Late in the second quarter, with the Giants trailing 14-0 and trying to start a drive, Beckham caught a short pass from Manning. The play wasn't worth the catch, however, because Beckham promptly picked up a 15-yard taunting penalty afterwards, moving the Giants back and setting up a second-and-21 on the Giants side of the field. Two plays later, New York would punt on a fourth-and-1 from its own 40.
The Giants top receiver would finish with almost as many penalty yards (15) as receiving yards (23), despite being targeted nine times by Manning over the course of the game.
"There's never an explanation [from the officials]," Beckham said. "It's always it's just my fault. That's all I look at it as, it's my fault. I just have to understand if I sneeze the wrong way it'll be a flag, it'll be a fine. If I tie my shoe the wrong way it might be a fine or a flag."
Technically he did by saying it's his fault. But "if I sneeze the wrong way" doesn't really have the sound of a guy who realizes he needs to change the way he acts on the field.
At this point there's a pretty clear formula for playing against Beckham. Get physical, get in his head and get him to lose his cool. He's flown off the handle multiple times.
When the Giants are winning and Beckham is piling up yards it's all fun and games. But two losses into the season and there are some fingers starting to get pointed.
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