Odell Beckham Jr. is labeled a lot of things, but one thing that goes under the radar is his brutal honesty.
The Giants wide receiver was unfiltered yet again on Sunday, criticizing his head coach for not doing enough to exploit a depleted Eagles secondary in a 25-22 loss.
It is not the first time Beckham voiced his true feelings and certainly will not be the last.
The star receiver has a history of speaking his mind and he is often right — or at least has good reason to say what he says.
Here are five instances this season when Beckham has been either brutally honest or right about things:
“Coming in, knowing that they struggled in the secondary, personally I would’ve loved to attack them. But it wasn’t in our game plan.”
Beckham has a legitimate gripe in his most recent comments. The Giants offense disappeared in the second half of a 25-22 loss to the Eagles, scoring just three points and gaining 51 yards of total offense. Beckham had just two catches in the half and the Giants were unable to win a game they led 19-3 at one point.
“Uh, I don’t know. We know Eli’s not running (the ball). Like I said, I feel like he’s not going to get out the pocket. We know Eli’s not running it. But is it a matter of time issue? Can he still throw it, yeah, but it’s been pretty safe and it’s been, you know … cool catching shallow [routes] and trying to take it to the house. But I’m. … I want to go over the top of somebody.”
Here is an instance of Beckham being honest to a fault. He was asked in an Oct. 7 interview on ESPN about if there was an “issue” with Eli Manning and Beckham could not say no. He was immediately labeled as a distraction and a bad teammate, but it was true. The Giants have not been able to win recently with Manning. He is not a mobile quarterback, he does not have the arm he once did and Beckham is often left trying to make something out off short passes and slants. He was not exactly off-base with what he said.
“It’s a tough question. Obviously, I love seeing the sunshine all the time. I love, you know, I love being in L.A. I just like that atmosphere, but this is where I’m at. I remember before games, I used to get that. I used to get butterflies, like good butterflies. I was anxious. And now when I step on the field, it’s something completely different. It’s not butterflies.”
Again, Beckham is being honest to a fault here. He was asked in the same ESPN interview if he was truly happy in New York and could not answer the question. Obviously, this one came back to haunt him, too, but you have to kind of respect the fact he was not going lie.
“I don’t feel like it’s necessary for me to apologize for how I feel….If I’m not allowed to put my foot down and say I’m tired of losing, that’s tough for me to deal with, bro. Like, I’m having a hard time dealing with that.”
Beckham made these comments in his UNINTERRUPTED Facebook series following his ESPN interview. There was plenty of outcry over his comments but Giants wide receiver was not going to give some fake apology to appease everybody. He has had one winning season since joining the Giants and it has certainly taken a toll on him.
“I missed four games my rookie year and still came back and did what I did. The end zone, it’ll come.”
Through four weeks this season, Beckham was asked if he had any concerns over not scoring a touchdown. Beckham knew the touchdowns would eventually come based on what he’s done in the past and he was right. Since then, Beckham has five touchdowns in his last seven games.