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Giants co-owner John Mara expects Odell Beckham Jr. to be a leader

Odell Beckham Jr., Giants

After what seemed like an imminent breakup earlier in the NFL offseason, the New York Giants have now made superstar Odell Beckham Jr. the highest-paid wide receiver in league history. Beckham will now shoulder the pressure of his enormous contract as well as be looked upon to provide leadership moving forward.

Giants co-owner John Mara recently talked about his newly extended superstar wideout and how he expects leadership to be a part of the deal, via John Fennelly of Giants Wire.

“Yes, I do [expect him to become a leader],” said Mara. “The one thing about him that I have always admired is how hard he practices and how he really competes on the practice field. And I think when other players look at the best player on the team and how hard he works and how he competes, it sets a good example. It sets a good tone for everybody else. Yes, I do expect him to be a leader. He’s going into his fifth year now. He’s not a rookie anymore, he’s a seasoned veteran, and we do expect that out of him.”

With the Giants signing Beckham to a five-year deal, the team has gone all in on their current face of the franchise. The team will live and die by their decision to stick by their man as they try to bounce back from missing the playoffs in 2017.

Fortunately for New York, the team was able to bring in a player on offense that might be able to shoulder the load with Beckham offensively while also benefiting from the leadership Mara wants to see from his superstar. The Giants drafted promising young running back Saquon Barkley this year, and many believe he could quickly become one of the best backs in the league in the same way Dallas Cowboys star Ezekiel Elliott did two years ago.

The Giants will get their first real look at their new dynamic duo on offense in Week 1 when they’ll face arguably the best defense in football in Jalen Ramsey’s Jacksonville Jaguars.