The New York Giants are off to yet another disappointing start to the season after dropping their first two games that have put them in an early-season rut.
This has pushed some of the attention toward star wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr., who inked an NFL-record five-year contract extension that has made him the highest-paid player at his position in the league. According to Kimberly A. Martin of Yahoo Sports, Beckham Jr. has voiced that he feels like he could help out much more in the passing game to stir the Giants into the right direction.
Asked if he truly feels expendable, Beckham — who in August signed a five-year contract extension that made him the highest-paid wide receiver in the NFL — quietly replied: “No, not useless. I just feel like I can do more. I could be used more. I want to do more. I feel like that’s why they kept me here.”
“I’m a shooter. So if I don’t get to shoot, you kind of feel useless, no matter what you’re doing,” the NFL superstar told Yahoo Sports during a quiet moment before practice. “Even when I’m out there decoying and distracting defenses and drawing coverages, there’s still that part of you that wants to get your shot up.”
Beckham Jr. is producing at a high level through the first two games of the season hauling in 15 of 24 targets for 162 receiving yards. These comments are likely coming from the team’s shortcomings against the Dallas Cowboys in Week 2 as his involvement in the passing game was notably down as he made four catches on nine targets for 51 receiving yards in the loss. Although this isn’t quiet outing, it falls well below the standard that Beckham Jr. has set for himself that has been compounded by the Giants’ struggles on the field.
The 25-year-old hasn’t been a part of those issues as he has been one of their strong points with his play on the field. He looks to be completely past his surgically-repaired ankle and is once again performing at an elite level that the team was hoping he would be after he inked the lucrative contract extension.
This only further outlines that Beckham Jr. has a strong desire to be even more involved in the effort in helping New York get on track pushing toward contending for the playoffs this year.