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NFL: Three Things the Giants Want You to Forget about Odell Beckham Jr

by ESPN
by ESPN

Four years ago, the Giants acquired who can best be described as their best wide receiver ever since Victor Cruz. The young up-and-comer is Odell Beckham Jr.

Over the last couple of seasons, OBJ has become the main target for Eli Manning. The two work as a solid QB-WR. Not only is OBJ the best receiver the Giants have ever had, but he can also be described as the equivalent to the Steeler’s Leveon Bell. Well, just a bit less.

Either ways, OBJ’s run with Big Blue isn’t full of amazing highlights that show his greatness. There are key moments that will never make it into any highlight reel.

Losing the game after the One-Handed Catch

In a regular season match up against arch rivals, the Cowboys, Odell made the best catch in Giants history. The Helmet Catch now takes a backseat to this moment. Eli launched the ball sky high, with Odell being the target. Unknowingly, the Cowboys’ corner was nearby for the incompletion. Odell made the jump and somehow managed to stretch out his hand to make the infamous one-handed catch. To the dismay of the Cowboys, it was inbounds. The Giants were able to score on that drive. All of the celebration for that catch was for nothing, as the Giants lost.

The catch that OBJ will be best known. — by NFL
The catch that OBJ will be best known. — by NFL

Abusing a Kicking Net

Let us not forget that Odell is pretty much still a young guy. The equivalent to a teenager starting high school. In another match, in which the Giants were being humiliated, you could see Odell’s frustration. In a very childish manner, he started beating the kicking net. Sure, it makes for a funny moment and what not, but it was more like a temper tantrum. It’s understandable to get pissed off, but this just looked foolish on his part, as his foot got tangled. This made swearing on the sidelines look good.

Imitating a Dog Urinating

Speaking of being foolish, let’s go back to 2017. In a match-up against the Eagles, OBJ scored a touchdown for a 14-7 lead. As a means of celebrating the TD, Odell lifted his leg to imitate a dog peeing. Fox’s Joe Buck was right to call it a “classless celebration”.

This came two days after President Trump described protesting NFL players as a “son of a bitch” and that they should be fire.

A low moment for OBJ’s growing career. — by Luis Flores
A low moment for OBJ’s growing career. — by Luis Flores

“I'm a dog, so I acted like a dog. I don't know if the rulebook said you can't hike your leg. He said I peed on somebody, so I was trying to find the imaginary ghost that I peed on. But I didn't see him,” said Odell. Rightfully so, the Giants took a loss.

This article was originally published on @luisflores-ny