Mon. Sep 21st, 2020

Odell Beckham’s former Giants teammates growing…

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Odell Beckham’s former Giants teammates growing...


It wasn’t that long ago that Odell Beckham Jr. was the face of the New York Giants. He was the player many camp to see each week out at MetLife Stadium.

But things change rapidly in today’s here-and-now world and Beckham, once the team’s core player with a $95 million contract in his back pocket, suddenly fell out of favor with the Giants’ brass and was traded to the Cleveland Browns in March.

Ever since Beckham’s departure, he’s taken swipe after swipe at the Giants, who aren’t taking the bait. Many who were his teammate here still have feelings for him, but they’ve all moved on. Beckham, unfortunately, has not.

“This wasn’t no business move,” Beckham said. “This was personal. They thought they’d send me here to die.”

The Giants thought nothing of the sort. In fact, Cleveland is the “in” place to be these days. Beckham has gotten just what had been clamoring for — to play with college teammate Jarvis Landry and with a new-age quarterback in Baker Mayfield.

Yet, Beckham is still looking backwards. Cleveland may be an up and coming team in this league, but the media attention is only a fraction of what it is here in New York and that is what he misses. The fanfare. The fawning. The idol worship. That he can only get in New York, which is why he keeps looking back instead of looking forward.

Beckham’s former Giants teammates are too busy to be distracted by the noise coming out of Cleveland. They thought they were rid of this nonsense. Some of them have simply blocked it out.

“He’s a friend first and foremost, so I’m not going to say anything bad about him,” running back Wayne Gallman told NJ Advance Media. “But in terms of him just focusing on his team, I think he’ll start to move on on his own time. There are some personal issues that he has to deal with [after the trade].

“He was here for a long time, so of course he feels some type of way. That’s just Odell and who he is. I honestly can’t sit here and tell him: ‘He should’ve done this, he should’ve done that.’ He’s his own person. He’ll eventually move on, but this was a place that he loved.”

Long-snapper Zak DeOssie, a 12-year veteran and as yeoman as a player can get, put OBJ’s comments in complete perspective.

“I don’t waste any sleep on it — or thought,” DeOssie said. “It has nothing to do with what we’re trying to do here. Don’t care about it. I wish Odell nothing but the best. Don’t care what he has to say about here.”

Finally, wide receiver Bennie Fowler, one of the players seeking to fill the void left by Beckham’s departure, perhaps captured the vibe of the team on the subject.

“I don’t pay attention to it,” Fowler said. “He is who he is.”

Odell Beckham's former Giants teammates growing tired of his nonsense

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