Eli Manning thinks Odell Beckham Jr. is handling things well


By most reasonable measures, Giants quarterback Eli Manning is a major star. Being the son and brother of NFL quarterbacks, hijacking your rookie draft, and playing in the biggest media market will do that for a guy.

But Manning had to admit that the swirl of attention around wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. at the moment is “at a whole new level.”

“Everybody’s got to kind of grow with the times, and things have changed,” Manning said, via Justin Tasch of the New York Daily News. “The NFL’s changed, social media, all that’s changed since I’ve been a New York Giant. So you have to understand the different personalities, the different mindsets of people and how to adjust and handle that.”

And Beckham is clearly a little different than the low-key Manning, who cracked jokes about whether the return of his star wideout would create a distraction.

“Well, luckily we haven’t had any media, so we haven’t been asked about it. So this is the first time,” Manning said. “So no, you can’t make it a distraction. People are gonna ask about him. He’s an interesting guy and they want to know what’s going on.”

Manning would probably like to know what’s in Beckham’s head as well, so he’s stayed in touch with him while he was skipping voluntary workouts. The Giants have to make some adjustments on offense this offseason (with new parts including Brandon Marshall and Evan Engram), but Manning doesn’t think Beckham missed that much by staying away from OTAs.

And he’s also not worried about the over-arching questions about Beckham’s maturity as he prepares for his first big contract negotiation.

“It’s all new to a lot of guys,” Manning said. “I was in the same position years ago and had to go through it, had to mature and realize things and just understand how to handle everything that’s kind of thrown at you. I think (Beckham’s) doing a good job doing that.”

And by treating it as a perfectly normal occurrence, Manning’s doing his part to keep things low-key as it pertains to a player who is anything but.

13 responses to “Eli Manning thinks Odell Beckham Jr. is handling things well

  1. Everyone on the Giants is always afraid to criticize this guy or say no to him. That was the South Beach incident and it’s no different now. It might be better for Bekham to work out on his own, but it might not be best for the team. They are playing into the diva thing.

  2. The guy released a look at me video to announce he was attending a training camp. Yeah, he’s handling things well.

  3. How many of you would show up to work if it was voluntary?

    His teammate Oliver Vernon got a BIG contract last year and didn’t show up to OTAs this season. Yet no one mentions that…but with Beckham, people blast him because of his popularity and stardom.

  4. Odell said during his press conference what he was doing during OTAs, and it was for the same reasons that Olivier Vernon, Eric Berry, Justin Houston, Marcus Peters, and many many others missed OTAs.

    The media thinks these players owe them an explanation. If the player chooses to keep quiet, and let media start rumors about contract, teammate drama, etc., that’s the players choice.

    Besides, it’s not like if Beckham released a statement saying he was skipping OTAs because he was working out on his own, he would be immune to criticism. It would just serve as more material for the media to spout off on.

  5. If OBJ performs, it won’t make a difference. If he lags, he will be crucified. As long as he understands that, it’s only a concern for the Giants and their fans. Personally, I’m not crazy about his act, but as long as he’s not breaking the law, it’s not that big a deal to me. If OBJ thinks “being himself” is worth putting this huge target on his back, if he can still perform at a top level with all this needless attention on his back, more power to him. Because, man, if he fails, he is going to get absolutely throttled by the fans, the media, and probably by his team.

  6. Life would be a lot simpler for Beckham if he took a page out of Jeter’s or EZ Eli’s books. They have different styles but they made the rabid doberman sports media in this city their lapdogs which in turn framed their national perception.

  7. Eli won’t rock the boat with his own fraud trial coming up. As far as we know, at least Beckham hasn’t pulled a stunt like that.

  8. ragnarthemagnificent says:
    Jun 14, 2017 1:33 PM
    Remember last year when Beckham Jr got worked by Xavier Rhodes and the Vikings? Classic.

    I remember the Vikings going 8-8 and missing the playoffs after a 5-0 start. Now that was classic.

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