Giants receiver Odell Beckham Jr. quickly has become the most scrutinized receiver in the NFL. However, he’s not interested in being analyzed.
Appearing on Tuesday’s PFT Live on NBC Sports Radio and NBCSN, Bob Glauber of Newsday said he asked Beckham whether he’d be willing to consult with a sports psychologist in order to better handle provocation from opposing players.
“There’s still that stigma on it and I talked to Beckham about if would he be willing to go,” Glauber said. “He says, ‘No, I’m in a good place right now, my mind is in a good place.’ Oh really? Well, you saw what happened last night and you’ve got to say that there are issues going on here.”
Glauber said he spoke to a couple of sports psychologists who told Glauber that Beckham has “definitely got to get hold of this thing and kind of get his mind right.” The reluctance likely comes from the perception that any NFL player who talks to a sports psychologist has psychological issues, making him in some way weak or at a minimum not tough.
That’s unfortunate, if that’s why Beckham isn’t interested. Plenty of NFL players and other pro athletes work with sports psychologists. For Beckham, it likely will take more than the long talk Beckham had with G.M. Jerry Reese last night.
Regardless of how or whether Beckham can fix it, he ultimately can blame only himself. Once he started publicly complaining about efforts by defensive backs to play him and not the ball, Beckham invited efforts to get under his skin. The manner in which he came unhinged against the Panthers last December proved that it works.
The last two games have underscored the value of harassing Beckham. Until he can demonstrate on a consistent basis that he won’t take the bait, his adversaries will continue to bait the hook.
Which gives Beckham something in common with a certain presidential candidate. Beyond the interesting choice in coiffure.