Too early for Giants to know whether Beckham has matured

AP

The Giants have made it clear that they expect receiver Odell Beckham Jr. to mature. So has he? Bob Glauber of Newsday explained on Tuesday’s PFT Live that it’s too early to know.

“I don’t think they can actually say that just yet,” Glauber said. “I think they need tangible proof when he interacts with his team, which he hasn’t done a lot of in the last few weeks. I just don’t see how you can make any judgments until he’s in training camp, until he’s in games, until he is performing at the level we are going to see him at. It’ll be a high level, there’s no doubt about that. But the highs and lows were troubling to the Giants. Particularly the behavioral stuff; getting hit by the kicking net when it ricochets back to him, punching a wall in the Lambeau Field locker room. Everything we’ve seen from him.

“Now, he is a great talent; there is no question about that. This team is potentially a special team. I think a lot of it depends on what we see from Eli Manning. But there are pieces on this team that make you say, ‘Hey, this is a pretty wide open conference,’ and I think the Giants can be in it if Eli is not a regressing quarterback and there are big problems there. Beckham has to do his part by being a team guy. He’ll produce, but if you’re going to get the distractions in the locker room on the field, then there is an issue. I think they’d like to believe that he’ll mature, but I don’t think you can make that judgment just yet. There’s no way.”

So time will tell, beginning on Week One in Dallas, when the Giants face the Cowboys on Sunday Night Football. And it will depend on what he does when things are going well, and when things are not going well. Processing and overcoming adversity continues to be a key indicator of growth and maturity in the NFL. All players have bad plays, bad series, bad games. They can either put that behind them or then can allow it to let them spiral downward.

For Beckham, there have been too many times when he has allowed struggles to mushroom. If he’s going to become the best player he can be, that’s the biggest area where he needs to mature.

13 responses to “Too early for Giants to know whether Beckham has matured

  1. Too early?
    He was a clown last year, so why assume he’s matured in the off season.
    I’d give him the benefit of the doubt if he stops acting up for 2 years.

  2. TO and Ocho Cinco still haven’t matured. So if I’m the Giants, I wouldn’t hold my breath.

  3. He is another Terrell Owens. He will put up gaudy numbers for his career, bounce around to 3 or 4 different teams, and end up being shunned from the HOF because of his on the field antics.

  4. so they can’t tell if he’s matured because he decided not to be with his team and skip OTA’s so he could hang out with Chris Carter and work on his individuality and then he decides to make a video like any grown man would telling the world he’s back-

    I think the proof is in the pudding as they say.

  5. Early returns look promising… The Giants kicking net called him a ‘punk’ this morning, but Beckham simply continued walking and ignored it. No fight or argument ensued.

  6. No one over 21 “matures” in 1 year. At the very least it will take a few years. One step at a time young man.

    PS – shave the neck beard

  7. He needs to start trying to catch everything with both hands. As in practice using both hands before the game instead of showing off.

    Jarvis Landry can make those one handed grabs (we’ve all seen that LSU practice) but you don’t see him showing off. You see him trying to be the best.

    Landry was ranked higher than Beckham coming out of HS, so it’s not the ‘try hard’ story. It’s the ‘professional’ story.

  8. I would say the early and recent returns are are a little light on maturity. When it becomes about someone more than him he will have made some progress. But so far it is about his attention, his catches, his yards, his touchdowns, his pay, his respect, his ………

  9. Awesome talent and the numbers are good but…………
    Biggest baby in the NFL.
    Remember when Xavier Rhodes shut him almost completely out on MNF and after the game he said that he just wasn’t having fun anymore playing football.
    Or how about when the kicking net took him to school as well.
    The list is a mile long, the dude just isn’t very likable.

  10. I wouldn’t hold my breath. He didn’t get that way overnight. He is the way he is after being coddled and enabled for YEARS. It’s not going to go away in one off-season. He’s an amazing talent but his antics are holding him back and until he grows up, if he ever does, he will never be a reliable, consistent target. Too bad. He is fun to watch but his childishness is a big detractor.

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