news / 05.29.2015 Odell Beckham Jr.: Extra defensive attention on me is 'not going to work'
One thing you can say for sure is that New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. is not short on confidence. The 2014 Rookie of the Year understands that he could be a marked man on defensive coordinator's game plans after racking up 1,305 receiving yards and 12 touchdowns on 91 receptions through just 12 total games. He's got news for those defensive masterminds planning to stifle the Giants' offense--it's not going to work.
"I definitely expect to receive a lot more attention," Beckham said to reporters on Wednesday after the Giants' first organized team activities (OTA) workout of the year, per True Jersey. "But it's just not going to work."
Beckham's comments can be misconstrued as cocky, so let's end that talk right here. His bold statement derives from a true confidence in his teammates and their ability on the field.
"You know you have Vic and Reuben, it's going to be hard to double or have a safety over the top with the stuff that we have going on," Beckham said. "I don't think it's going to be beneficial for them."
It is reasonable to be hopeful that Beckham will be even more dynamic in 2015. He spent most of the early part of the 2014 season on the sideline nursing a hamstring injury and learning offensive coordinator Ben McAdoo's offense from scratch. Now, he has more familiarity with the offense and he expects this will allow McAdoo to get more creative with how he deploys the Giants' weapons.
"It feels like with the playbook, I know more now than I did last year, so it kind of helps you as far as moving around," Beckham said. "I think that is going to be a lot of the offense. Moving Vic around, myself, Reuben, Preston [Parker], whoever is in.
"It has just been a point of emphasis. We're all moving around right now. Everyone has to know every spot that way it allows you to do that with the offense."
Eli Manning mentioned last season that he didn't feel completely comfortable in McAdoo's offense until the final month of the season. Over the final four games of the 2014 season, the Giants averaged just over 30 points per game. The offense has the pieces to become one of the NFL's most dominant offenses in the league in 2015.
(h/t True Jersey)
Fox Sports | May 28th, 2015