CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Odell Beckham Jr. threw more shade at Eli Manning, his role in the offense and his situation with the Giants in the rest of his ESPN interview that aired Sunday morning.
Primarily, Beckham declined to rule out the quarterback as the problem with the Giants’ offense.
“I don’t know,” Beckham said when asked if there is an issue at QB. “Like I said, I feel like he’s not going to get out the pocket. He’s not — 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, you know, I want to go over the top of somebody.”
Beckham also questioned if he was being used in a role that maximizes his potential.
“I haven’t been in this situation,” he said. “I haven’t been in the place where I felt like I could really go out and do everything that I’m capable of doing. I don’t get 20 targets like some other receivers, you know.”
Beckham has 45 targets, 31 catches, 331 yards and no touchdowns through the first four weeks. If he fails to score Sunday, it would mark a career-long five-game TD drought.
“I feel like in the past five years, they found a way to run a Cover 2, keep everything in front, and that’s how they played me,” Beckham said. “And there’s no way to — how do we beat this? I feel like I’m being outschemed, and then I also don’t have a chance to, like, do something where I’ve got to take a slant and go 60. And not to say that’s not fun, but it’s like I want some easy touchdowns, too. I watch everybody across the league. All the top receivers get the ball the way that they, you know, should. And if they don’t, they say something about it.”
Beckham also couldn’t say for sure whether he is truly happy in New York.
“It’s a tough question,” said Beckham, who lives in Los Angeles in the offseason. “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.
“It’s like I want to be here, like I’ve been waiting to get here this whole time. I feel like a caged animal who gets this — it’s my 60 minutes of playtime,” OBJ added. “You know, I can play with other people. We can play nice, or we don’t have to play nice. But I get to play, and I get to do all this. This is my time to be out of the cage. You know, if somebody’s messing with me during my time to be out of the cage, like, it’s going to be a problem.”
Beckham’s comments that went public Friday included criticism of the Giants not throwing the ball 20 yards downfield, a direct shot at Manning, and comments that the team lacked “heart” and “energy.”