As if Odell Beckham, Jr. wasn’t surrounded by enough controversy already, the Giants wide receiver made an under-the-radar comment last week about being frustrated by the offense, indicating he might not be getting enough looks. Beckham also seemed to imply he had communicated his unhappiness with the coaching staff, to no avail.
Although if Beckham did voice any concern with the offense, that apparently is news to Giants wide receiver coach Adam Henry. According to Jordan Raanan for ESPN.com, Henry claims the two-time Pro Bowler never complained about his targets.
“Not once has (Beckham) ever asked anybody to throw him the ball or do anything,” Henry said. “He’s just … he wants to win. He’s like all of us. Just stay the course and do what you do best.”
Henry’s comments are interesting, because if Beckham’s own words are to be believed, he definitely relayed the message to somebody. That might be head coach Ben McAdoo. That could also be Henry, and the receivers coach has chosen to keep a lid on the story to keep it from growing legs and create another reason for negative publicity around the emotional superstar.
If Beckham did complain about targets, it didn’t get him very far in his first game after. While the third-year wideout did catch his first touchdown of the year, he only made 5 grabs for 53 yards in a loss to the Packers. That’s not the type of production the Giants have come to expect.
Regardless, it does nothing for the team to air their dirty laundry. Beckham may very well have raised some concern about his role, but that’s just what great players do. They want the ball, and while a lot of the negative attention has been warranted, in this particular instance any controversy would surely be overblown.