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Odell Beckham: Never prepared for the season

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. could tell he was ready for the season even while hosting his second annual football camp. In fact, he claimed to have never felt quite this good.

“I don’t think so,” he said at the Citi Odell Beckham Jr. Football ProCamp at Kean University, which attracted close to 600 campers. “I think this might be the most [I've been ready] in my lifetime. In every which way, I just feel it there. … I’ve really been training, and to have these next six weeks to get another opportunity to train, it’s going to be great.

 

Odell Beckham Jr. is the only player in NFL history to top 90 catches, 1,300 yards and 10 touchdowns in each of his first three professional seasons.
“Just like you said — mentally, physically, spiritually, everything. I don’t think I’ve been as ready as I am now.

Beckham elected to skip voluntary OTAs this year. He remained in Los Angeles and worked with his trainer, Jamal Liggin. The Giants were extremely complimentary of the receiver’s conditioning at minicamp this past week.

Even when Beckham was racing campers in a 40-yard dash on Saturday, his mother, Heather Van Norman, a former track star and coach, noted he was running well. Beckham said she was impressed with the way he was driving and in “drive phase” for 40 yards, even though he said he wasn’t really running.

How will this translate to the season after three record-breaking Pro Bowl efforts?

“I guess you have to wait and see,” said Beckham, who is the only player in NFL history to top 90 catches, 1,300 yards and 10 touchdowns in each of his first three professional seasons. “Words can only do so much — you have to wait to see what happens.”

Beckham spent almost seven hours Saturday putting smiles on kids’ faces at his camp before heading back to Los Angeles. The camp is something he started last year and plans on continuing, and possibly even expanding. There are thoughts of potentially doing something with his close friends and former LSU teammates Jeremy Hill and Jarvis Landry in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

Beckham matched up against children in grades one through eight on offense and defense on Saturday in New Jersey, and despite him being in prime shape, he admitted he got shook once. More often than not, though, he got the better of the 1-on-1 matchups, just as he does on Sundays.

It was a gratifying experience no matter the result.

“It’s just so much fun being out here,” he said. “Each one of them has a smile on their face. Just out here having fun. This is what it’s about. It kind of reminds you why you do it. The same love and joy that they have is what got me to where I’m at.”

Beckham’s at the point in his career where he is an established player trying to take his game to the next level. His 2016 season ended with a disappointing performance during a playoff loss in Green Bay.

But the bouncing back is part of the message he was hoping to pass along to the kids. It’s what he tried to show them on the field Saturday and plans to put on display in the fall.

“Just show them [to] come out and play and give it your best every single time — win, lose or draw,” he said. “Teach them how to come back after losing. Teach them not how to accept losing but how to get better from it. Just always keep continuing to grow, and most importantly, have fun.”

Giants defend Eli Manning amid false memorabilia claims

Eli Manning turned over potentially incriminating emails this week in connection with a suit that claims the New York Giants quarterback knowingly provided false game-worn memorabilia to collectors, according to documents filed in a New Jersey court.

A 2010 email from Manning to a Giants equipment manager asks for “two helmets that can pass as game used,” according to the documents filed Tuesday in Bergen County Superior Court.

Details of the suit were first reported by the New York Post.

Manning’s email allegedly was sent after he was alerted by an agent that he needed to provide game-used equipment to satisfy a marketing contract he had with a memorabilia dealer. The suit also alleges that the Giants were complicit by deleting the email from its accounts, and that the equipment manager, Joe Skiba, was aware that the QB wanted to provide fake items because he did not want to part with his authentic equipment.

A spokesperson for the law firm representing the Giants issued a statement that read: “The e-mail, taken out of context, was shared with the media by an unscrupulous memorabilia dealer and his counsel who for years has been seeking to leverage a big payday. The e-mail predates any litigation, and there was no legal obligation to store it on the Giants server. Eli Manning is well known for his integrity and this is just the latest misguided attempt to defame his character.”

Three memorabilia dealers are suing Manning, the Giants and others for their alleged roles in providing fraudulent items.

Eli Manning says Odell Beckham Jr. has ‘got to back it up’

Eli Manning said New York Giants teammate Odell Beckham Jr. has “got to back it up” if he continues drawing attention to himself with his behavior on and off the field.

Beckham and fellow receivers Victor Cruz and Sterling Shepard made headlines last week after vacationing in Miami on their day off to celebrate their regular-season-ending victory over the Washington Redskins.

Beckham then struggled in Sunday’s loss to the Green Bay Packers in the wild-card round, finishing with four catches for 28 yards and dropping multiple key passes from Manning, including a potential touchdown in the first quarter.

Eli Manning said New York Giants teammate Odell Beckham Jr. has “got to back it up” if he continues drawing attention to himself with his behavior on and off the field.

Beckham and fellow receivers Victor Cruz and Sterling Shepard made headlines last week after vacationing in Miami on their day off to celebrate their regular-season-ending victory over the Washington Redskins.

Beckham then struggled in Sunday’s loss to the Green Bay Packers in the wild-card round, finishing with four catches for 28 yards and dropping multiple key passes from Manning, including a potential touchdown in the first quarter.

Beckham, Cruz, Shepard and receiver Roger Lewis took a private jet to Miami on Jan. 1 after New York’s 19-10 victory in Washington. They were captured on social media partying with a group of celebrities, including Justin Bieber, at a nightclub and were photographed on a yacht the following day.

Beckham, 24, has made the Pro Bowl in each of his first three seasons. He mentioned several weeks back that it was important for him to keep his composure on the field and sideline because some of his younger teammates are watching.

“We all have had to grow up in different times in our lives,” Reese said. “I think it’s time for him to do that. He’s been here for three years now. He’s a little bit of a lightning rod because of what he does on the football field, but the things he does off the football field, he has to be responsible for those things. We’ll talk through it and I believe — I know — he’s a smart guy. I believe he understands he has a responsibility being one of the faces of this franchise. I think he’ll accept that responsibility.”

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — Back from his one-game suspension, New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr(Odell Beckham Jr Jersey). said Wednesday that he has learned from the experience but won’t change the way he plays the game.

“I don’t think anything’s going to change except learning from this experience,” Beckham said after Giants practice Wednesday. “I don’t think I’m going to play with any less intensity. I don’t think I’m going to play with any less emotion.”

Beckham incurred three personal foul penalties for aggressive and violent on-field actions in the Giants’ Week 15 loss to Carolina and was suspended for this past week’s game as a result. He lost control on multiple occasions, lashing out at Panthers cornerback Josh Norman and other Carolina defenders. In the time since that game, it was revealed that a Panthers player carrying a baseball bat (part of Carolina’s normal pregame ritual) interacted with Beckham before the game, and it was clear during the game that Norman and other Panthers players were trying to rattle Beckham with their physical play.

Of course, it all worked, as Beckham’s responses went far enough over the line to earn him a suspension. He chose not to rehash too much Wednesday.

Asked if he’d spoken with Norman since the game, Beckham said, “Ah, no.”

Asked about the baseball bat, Beckham said, “Pretty irrelevant now. The suspension’s over, we move forward.”

Asked about what was said to him on the field by the opposition, Beckham said, “Words are words.”

Asked if he’d seen video of his on-field actions against Carolina, he said he had but would only add, “I take responsibility for my actions, I learn from it, and it’s all good.”

Beckham said it bothered him not to be in Minnesota with the team Sunday and that he felt bad his actions had hurt the team and set a bad example for young fans.

“It’s just unfortunate,” Beckham said. “You never want to do that on the field. To be caught up in such a moment, you don’t want to put the team in that situation and you don’t want to show that to kids. I wasn’t controlling myself and I ended up hurting my team. It’s poor sportsmanship and not something you want to put on film. Everything is under your control and ultimately it’s up to you. You can’t do that type of stuff.”