New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. is known for wearing his emotions on his sleeve, and it’s led to some notorious outbursts. The problem, according to fellow Giants wideout Victor Cruz, is that Beckham is way too hard on himself — almost to a fault.
That’s exactly what Cruz said on WFAN Sports Radio in New York on Tuesday (via Paul Scwhartz for the New York Post), adding that Beckham beating himself up all the time could become a problem for the three-time Pro Bowl selection at some point.
“Having those outbursts are going to hinder him in some regard,” Cruz said.
That is, if they haven’t already done so.
Beckham’s eruptions have created all sorts of issues, from penalties during games to simply drawing unwanted negative attention from opposing players and the media. For all of the discussion about whether the media inflames these situations, the simple fact of the matter is that he’s bringing it on himself.
It hurts the Giants, too, when Beckham takes a completely unnecessary, unsportsmanlike penalty or creates a distraction in the locker room. Yes, a superstar of his magnitude in a major market like New York is under the microscope, but he’s also making himself an easy target.
You have to question whether Beckham’s emotions were hindering him during the Giants’ postseason loss to the Green Bay Packers on Sunday. The 24-year-old only caught four passes for 28 yards with zero touchdowns during the game, although it was the seven targets that fell incomplete that should concern people, as quite a few of those balls touched his hands.
Maybe the media is too hard on Beckham. Regardless, until he learns how to handle the pressure, these meltdowns are going to result in a lot more than bad publicity. They’ll continue to manifest themselves in Giants losses.