Jerry Reese: “It’s time” for Odell Beckham to grow up

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Giants General Manager Jerry Reese had a conversation with wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. on Monday before the Giants players were dismissed for the offseason.

Reese probably chose his words carefully. He shared some of them with reporters.

“I see a guy who needs to think about some of the things he does,” Reese said of Beckham, per Newsday. “He needs to look in the mirror and be honest with himself. We’ll help him with that, but he has to help himself.”

The Giants need Beckham to grow up, and Reese wasn’t afraid to say that.

Beckham had nearly as many drops as he had receptions as the Giants lost at Green Bay Sunday. He reportedly punched a hole in a wall near the postgame interview room after the game, and Giants quarterback Eli Manning wasn’t afraid to say on Monday that the Giants need and expect more from Beckham.

Reese agreed.

“[Beckham] is a smart guy, but sometimes he doesn’t do smart things,” Reese said. “We all had to grow up at different times in our lives. I think it’s time for him to do it now. He’s been here three years now.”

94 responses to “Jerry Reese: “It’s time” for Odell Beckham to grow up

  1. About eight years from now, he’ll look back and say; “Wow, I sure was immature back then.” A lot of the arrogant punks have that epiphany at some point, if he’s smart, like you say.

  2. He’s worse than Owens was as an eagle. Atleast Owens was highly dominant,productive, and flashy. OBJ is only flashy.

    It’s clear Manning does NOT like this guy on the team. Won’t be surprised if he is traded.

  3. Beckham is more of a liability at this point. He’s not even that good of a WR. He made one great catch and feels he’s HOF material. Does TO ring a bell?

  4. Love a GM who when a player admits to domestic violence says the team has his back.

    Yet another player takes teammates on a boat ride and he “has to grow up”.

    Makes sense.

  5. it is time for all to admit reese has been a poor gm

    accorsi handed their last good draft..10 years ago

    yikes!

    good thing reese wrote big checks to jenkins and vernon

    that will haunt them for years and years

  6. “We all had to grow up at different times in our lives”

    I don’t what age Reese had in mind but I personally had to do it way before I was 24 years old.
    And it had nothing to do with multi million contracts or easy money endorsements either.

  7. reese drafted this immature prima donna with a low iq

    and now he needs to pay him 15 mil perm
    or, he is smart and deals him for a 2nd rder

    we shall see

  8. Between Reese, Mara, and McAdoo not a one, to this day, have been able to bring themselves to criticize Josh Brown for beating his wife.

    Time to grow up indeed.

  9. Oh, and thank god the steelers didn’t draft this clown and took Shazier several spots ahead of him.

    We already have a clown, but at least you know he is gonna catch the ball and make the big play when needed 9 times out of 10 .

  10. taintedsaints2009 says:
    Jan 9, 2017 9:41 PM

    He’s worse than Owens was as an eagle. Atleast Owens was highly dominant,productive, and flashy. OBJ is only flashy.

    It’s clear Manning does NOT like this guy on the team. Won’t be surprised if he is traded.
    ===============================
    LOL. OBJ will be a Giant longer than Eli.

  11. i agree completly. your 41 years old. your career is over. youve won league titles in 4 different countrys, and your married to a spice girl. its time to grow up becks. maybe start by covering those tatoos, just a thought.

  12. bubbasmithguy says:
    Jan 9, 2017 9:42 PM
    Beckham is more of a liability at this point. He’s not even that good of a WR. He made one great catch and feels he’s HOF material. Does TO ring a bell?

    First of all, I can’t stand TO. He was a drama queen and nothing but trouble. However, you can’t deny he played hard and he put up his numbers nearly every week. He could be a complete diva all week but you knew he came to play on Sunday. That being said, I think it’s unfair to compare OBJ with TO–unfair to TO. He’s immeasurably better than OBJ has shown.

  13. It’s all about himself. Look at me, look at me.. A kid on full time recess. A very talented clown. Very immature one at that.

  14. Jordy Nelson in the SB vs. the Steelers had plenty but then wound up redeeming himself in the 4th. Davante Adams and James Jones also had tons of drops early in their careers, and Jones went on to lead the league in TDs a few years ago. Every WR in the NFL drops passes, some just drop more than others.

    The boat was a nonissue in my opinion, punching walls, banging heads against lockers, proposing to nets. Being all over the map on emotions will lead this guy to be an extremely inconsistent performer.

  15. I don’t think they’ll trade OBJ but I can’t see them signing him to a new deal after this one is expired. He’ll want Dez Bryant money and some team will be dumb enough to give it to him. He has the potential to be a good WR deserving of that contract but this year he’s nowhere near that level and until he grows up, he never will be. I think he’d prefer to be a drama queen anyway.

    I’m sure OBJ is somewhere pouting about what Reese said.

  16. So, the Giants have identified their fall guy. But after 13yrs, Eli needs to prove he’s more than just a helmet catch. OBJ dropped one but a couple of other key ‘drops’ by him were high throws by a panicking Eli. Mini-Manning has been one-&-done in 4 of his 6 trips to the playoffs. He did not eatn the right to blame/turn on OBJ. Do you think Peyton or Brady would have said any such thing? No.

  17. Obj is a diva. Loves the camera and attention. Not good when playing in nj. But he can ball. I say get rid of the the pomeranian hair doo for starters. and focus on the game.

  18. Wow – it Reese all of three YEARS to acknowledge the OBJ needs to grow up.

    Too smart, too late.

  19. Refreshing to see a GM be honest, but if I’m being honest, I think this is more likely to make OBJ worry about how he is not appreciated by his own team, than to think he needs to fix something himself. I’d get with him, ASAP, and try to make sure that everyone is on the same page

    For guys saying that “he’s not even that good”, or he’s “not worth the distraction”, I can only say as a division rival, I’d take him in a heartbeat. He’s the type of receiver that can not only help immensely himself, but he can make life easier on the rest of the offense.

    That being said, he needs to turn down the diva attitude. He is going to have to decide if he wants to have a career that parallels TO/Chad Johnson (tons of production, never made a serious playoff run or won anything), or that parallels Larry Fitzgerald/Marvin Harrison (maybe not as much production as they “could” of had, but their team was better for it). If he doesn’t make it soon, he may be making it somewhere other than NY

  20. Fine, he’s immature. But some of you talkin’ about how he’s not dominant? Settle down a bit.

    “Beckham broke numerous NFL rookie receiving records, despite missing the first four games of the season due to injury.”

    and next year “becoming the fastest player in NFL history to reach both 200 career receptions and 4,000 career receiving yards.”

    2 seasons, 2 All-Pro nods.

    but hey, the Vikings have been much better after Moss retired, and the Eagles reached the playoffs and super bowl again after TO left…when?

  21. The personality criticism is accurate, and the locker room cancer criticism may prove true as well, but the idea that he is overrated or not a top flight WR on the field is just not accurate – he’s gone over 1300 yards and double digit TD’s all three years he’s been in the league.

  22. rodgerstonelson says:
    Jan 9, 2017 10:05 PM
    Dude is a glorified punk….it is me, me, me with him.

    He makes TO..look like a good teammate.
    ———————-

    BAM!!! Close this topic, the mic has been dropped.

  23. Fine, he’s immature. But some of you talkin’ about how he’s not dominant? Settle down a bit.

    “Beckham broke numerous NFL rookie receiving records, despite missing the first four games of the season due to injury.”

    and next year “becoming the fastest player in NFL history to reach both 200 career receptions and 4,000 career receiving yards.”

    2 seasons, 2 All-Pro nods.

    but hey, the Vikings have been much better after Moss retired, and the Eagles reached the playoffs and super bowl again after TO left…when?

    ___________

    The Eagles made the playoffs, and won a game, after TO. The actually never won a playoff game TO suited up for (he was out the entire playoffs the year they went to the SB)

    But overall, I get your point. As I stated above, I’d take him in a heartbeat on my team

  24. People like to compare him to T.O. Terrell Owens would ball out and show up and put up big numbers in the big games. Even though the dude was a self promoter nobody could question his toughness by what he did in the Philly playoffs or how fearless he was going over the middle.

    Beckham doesn’t like to be hit. His biggest game of his career, he had 3 drops and 28 yards.

  25. You have to come to grips with the fact that there are some guys like Beckham and Terrell Owens. It’s not about growing up. These guys are already grown up. You either move on from them or embrace them. They’re not going to change because they can’t change. You can’t win with them. This is on Reese. He’s making a big mistake keeping this guy. After yesterday, you can no longer blame the player. The GM needs to do his job now. Don’t be shocked if the Giants don’t move on from Odell Beckham.

  26. Cowboys should trade for Beckham. Dez, OBJ and the ginger kid would be a pretty formidable group and the DFW area might be more complimentary to his personality and there’s already a support structure in place.

    Also wouldn’t hurt his feelings to for him to play with a top tier QB and RB, I’m sure.

  27. True enough – though I think the real problem here was that Beckham put too much pressure on himself

    Gronkowski goes off and does the party thing – but somehow he always seems to be able to perform on the field

    Beckham’s not quite there yet

  28. Of course, this advice will go unheeded. In his celebrity mind, OBJ is bigger than the GM or any aspect of the Giants organization, singular or plural. OBJ is bigger than the NFL or MTV. OBJ is a rock god in his head. Sad.

  29. could it be he had a severe high ankle sprain
    2 weeks prior?

    are you this dumb?

    giants fan arrogance is unreal

    you should be thanking bernard pollard, but instead,
    you act like it is something special your team did

  30. So we’re ignoring the fact that Eli’s numbers the past few years are solely based on drafting Beckham. Be careful what you wish for Giants fans.

  31. raideralex says:
    Jan 9, 2017 10:14 PM
    Fine, he’s immature. But some of you talkin’ about how he’s not dominant? Settle down a bit.

    and next year “becoming the fastest player in NFL history to reach both 200 career receptions and 4,000 career receiving yards.”
    _________________

    RG3 and Vince Young had great rookie seasons as well. AP was the the best all around athlete to ever play RB and his won playoff win to show for it.

    Those accolades are dandy but it should be MORE important for him to make his teammates better. He also had 7 games where he was held to under 60 yards including the playoffs this season. I love the Packers but that is an ALL PRO WR getting covered some 4th string fella, he also got locked down vs. Chicago. He needs to become more consistent and all that other stuff will follow naturally.

    Stop overreacting about every win and every loss.

  32. He needs to learn that he is only competing against himself. If he can maintain his focus and concentration on the field, nobody can stop him. He is that good. Just need to learn how to do that every play.

  33. @ bullcharger says:

    “The Giants offense sucked this year. Not because of OBJ…. despite of him”.

    Uhhhhhhh, that would be “in spite” of him. The Giants offense was mediocre, and simply wasn’t very balanced.

    Paul Perkins began to show up the last 3 games, but the run game was pretty bad most of the year, and besides Beckham, there just weren’t many other weapons on offense. The offense was mediocre, although flashed at times. The defense was pretty solid and kept them in most games up until GB, and they should also be pretty solid next year – they were top 10 in all but passing yards allowed. I mean, I hope the D would be solid again after spending close to a quarter of a billion in FA contracts ($203 million, with roughly $141 million guaranteed). That is a LOT of money to get beat as badly as they did in GB.

    One saving grace, if you will, is if you compare the amount of money spent by Philly – $280,254,834 in guaranteed money, nearly double than the Giants. Philly certainly didn’t disappoint the rest of the NFC East, and Cowboys, Giants, and Skins fans would ALL agree it was money well spent in Philly…….

  34. Giants upper management should stop making public comments about OBJ or there going to lose Him. I’m not a Giants fan I’m a Titans fan and I would love to have OBJ with his antics and all. I’m not a fan of Becham I’m really not but let’s not forget by the numbers this guy is one of the best of all times this early in a career.

    Ray Lewis got away with murder and was loved by every Raven fan for more then a decade.

    Big Ben gets away with Rape twice and is loved by the entire city of Pitt and the entire football media family.

    Not every player lives between the lines and ObJ deffinetly does not but the flack OBJ takes with his childish antics is petty compared to some of the more beloved NFL stars past actions.

    He’s not beating women, doing drugs, flashing guns, or any of the other horrible incidents we see throughout the league. Sometimes stars come with extra baggage and Odell has multiple bags but take him off the gmen and there a 5 win team.

  35. Those accolades are dandy but it should be MORE important for him to make his teammates better.

    ————-

    Oh, its obj’s job to help the Giants cover better so they don’t give up 38 points to the Packers. It’s also his job to make sure his Giants don’t have a running game to lean on.

    Record breaking good, and you want to get rid of him because he isn’t perfect.

  36. Getting rid of weird personalities always helps your team in the long run.

    Signed, the San Francisco 49ers.

  37. Seriously everyone saying that Beckham is overrated and has been made a hall of famer based off of one amazing catch is a complete load of.
    The guy has been nothing short of amazing since he has come into the league. Has more receptions in less games then anyone in NFL history. Averages a 100 yards a game.
    Yes does some dumb things no question. Act like a complete moron on the field no question.
    But all this overrated not as good as dez or aj green is complete nonsense. He is one of the best wr in the game with let’s be real marginal qb play.
    Yes he has to grow up but he can play and deserves to be paid when it’s time. Not a team in the league that wouldn’t pay him.

  38. Reese talking to OBJ about his behavior on Monday as the plane is warming up on the Tarmac, kinda like telling a ten year old to study hard on the last day of school.

  39. Eli has very few years left. This is the time to take advantage because when he’s gone who knows what scrub will be throwing you the ball. Probably Sam Bradford!!!

  40. Just another ME ME ME guy.

    A team cancer.

    Can’t win with him.

    Giants were 1-3 this season when he had over 100 yards receiving.

  41. I kind of like this kid, much in the same way I like Richard Sherman. Yes, they both let their emotions get away from them at times, but football is an emotional game. Both play their guts out and seem like decent guys during unemotional interviews.

    The Miami trip was a poor choice but I would bet all those guys learned a valuable lesson from it and OBJ may not have been the ringleader. I’ll give him a pass on this one and see where it goes from here.

  42. Did he punch that HUGE hole in the drywall or did he put his head through it? (A friend thought she could see the outline of his ‘do at the top of the hole.)

    Either way, I trust many people would have rather he hit a spot with a stud directly behind it. Now THAT would have made for a great story for him and perhaps at least defused the whole yacht party thing a bit.

  43. OBJ – think about spending a little bit of time with Jerry Rice (if he’ll have you) this off season. Model that behavior. It will serve you well.

  44. When my Dolphins drafted Jarvis Landry a lot of people said he was better than OBJ, I did not think so at that time but I do now & I am so glad we got Landry over beckham,Landry just seems to be more dedicated to the game & not being “Mr Big Deal look at me”

  45. dejadoh says:
    Jan 10, 2017 8:39 AM
    What goes up, must come down.
    NY is a big stage. If this were Oakland, and Crabtree and Cooper missed passes, they’d blame the QB.

    ————————

    Actually its because the dude talks so much and goes so far out of his way to put the spotlight on him. when you do that, you better back it up and not fold like the mental midget he is

  46. He’s was a punk, is a punk and probably will always be a punk.

    Punks make bad teammates. They break rules. They do things for themselves and not the betterment of the team as a whole.

    It’s tough to win with a punk on the team. They’re divisive and destroy morale. And it is only worse when they underperform in big games under the bright lights. That’s when the real players, the tough guys who worked their butts off to get there really feel betrayed.

    OBJ sucks. The Giants can keep him and never win anything if they want. I wouldn’t want him on my team for free.

  47. Many are very jealous of Odell and like to pile it on from their keyboard.

    While he is still immature, he’s is already one of the greatest WR’s to ever play.

    He had a bad playoff game and will be back in one soon.

    Go Giants

  48. OBJ wants to be known as the best but to this point is not willing to sacrifice for it. He’s more concerned about his hair and who he is seen with, rather than learning how to be a better player. Until that changes he’s just another punk receiver with potential.

  49. NFL fans have mental problems. Only explanation why people create these caricatures of people they don’t know and tear them down. Game would definitely be much better with every team full of 5 slow guys who can’t get open as long as they don’t bring any attention them. This is an entertainment league, not cricket. Weird.

  50. 123makarov says:
    Jan 9, 2017 9:43 PM
    Love a GM who when a player admits to domestic violence says the team has his back.

    Yet another player takes teammates on a boat ride and he “has to grow up”.

    Makes sense.

    He said he needs to grow up because he punched a hole in someone else’s wall and banged his head against the wall because he was “upset.” Learn to control your emotions, it’s part of growing up. OBJ, needs to grow up.

  51. He’s already shattering receiving records, so, yeah, no.

    ———————

    qbarrel says:
    Jan 10, 2017 9:53 AM
    This dude has flameout written all over him. I wouldn’t be surprised if in five years no one remembers him.

  52. you guys have absolutely no clue. He is liked by his teammates and he is a dominant receiver. Is his career going to be as long as guys like owens, Rice and moss?NO. he relies too much on speed and when that is gone so is his career. . But he is indeed great.

    His antics are because of his passion to do better. He gets frustrated. But have you EVER seen him argue with his teamates??? NEVER.

  53. Their management isn’t focused on winning. Rubs off on players. deflagate and headset bs. You still have to win. No one is cheating you. Focus.

  54. In the one chance TO got to play in a Super Bowl, he played like a giant – he carried the whole team on his back that day, making huge plays all day, and only others on the team letting down cost him that SB ring.

    Say what you will about his personality – I’ve always respected TO since that game. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a “diva” WR play hungrier than he did that day, before or since.

    Still waiting to see something like that from OBJ in a big game. He probably has it in him, but with the highly competitive state of the division and conference, he may only get a few chances to really prove it.

  55. It looked like to me he was trying to make the catches he dropped look spectacular and harder than they actually we’re instead of just catching them. He wants the glory for himself, not for his team. #Selfish

  56. raideralex says:
    Jan 10, 2017 2:46 AM

    Oh, its obj’s job to help the Giants cover better so they don’t give up 38 points to the Packers. It’s also his job to make sure his Giants don’t have a running game to lean on.

    Record breaking good, and you want to get rid of him because he isn’t perfect.
    _________________________

    No one will ever be perfect, Record breaking IS good, but winning will always be better. Its OBJs job to help elevate the offense or at LEAST the WR group so the team scores more than 13. This is the same guy was pouting earlier in the year about other players being mean to him, and “not loving football anymore” . Yet proposing to nets and loving life when its all good.

    I prefer players with more composure and maturity. What would have happened if their was a stud behind that wall and he would now be the proud owner of a mucked up hand. I don’t care if the Giants keep him or not I am a Packer fan and am glad he and the other receivers struggled in the cold.

  57. The fact that he made this public tells me the Giants are tired of saying it too him privately and not getting the results they are promised. He’s 24 well past time for him to stop acting like he’s 14. I’m not talking about the Miami thing, I’m talking about all the tantrum throwing. The whining to the press that the refs are out to get him. Time to shut up and play football. JMO but the kid got too much fame too quickly and the Giants let his head get way too big. “Fun” fact about those amazing one handed TD catches he made against Dallas and Washington….the Giants lost both of those games.

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