It has been an interesting start to another disappointing season for the New York Giants. Filled with weapons including Saquon Barkley, Odell Beckham Jr. and Sterling Shepherd, this New York squad just has not been able to produce as much as they should. While they continue to search for the answer for their poor offensive performances, star receiver Odell Beckham Jr. has voiced his own thoughts.
Last season, we thought we'd seen the ending to Eli Manning's
More Odell Beckham to ESPN: "How come we can’t throw the ball for more than 20 yards? How come we don’t attempt or try to throw the ball for more than 20 yards? Those are questions that we have to figure out." https://t.co/DOI34wOuqj— Ralph Vacchiano (@RVacchianoSNY) October 5, 2018
Although Manning has thrown just one interception so far this season, he also has just four touchdowns in four games. Beckham Jr.'s comments were certainly directed towards the team's quarterback play, and he didn't mince words. For a team used to producing big plays, their longest completion of the season is just 37 yards...to Cody Latimer, no less.
To take a macro view on OBJ's comments, there may be a few other reasons for their lack of playmaking. The Giants' offensive line has given up 15 sacks in four games and allowed six to the Dallas Cowboys alone. Manning has rarely had enough time to look past the first down marker. In their only victory, Manning averaged about 10 yards per throw, four yards more than his season average.
Perhaps that's no longer a valid excuse, though.
Just finished watching the All-22 of the first half from Sunday. Eli Manning wasn't touched once. Took ZERO QB hits. I counted 1 pressure. Using the O-line excuse this week is lazy. This is his pocket on the second missed throw of the first half to Odell Beckham Jr. pic.twitter.com/C5bftrAPMl— Jordan Raanan (@JordanRaanan) October 2, 2018
OBJ may have a valid argument in the lack of energy that is produced on this team. How much does Manning want it anymore? This team has had problems the last two seasons, and a suddenly-so-conservative Manning may just be the cause, since he seems to know he can't do much other than manage a game.