Odell Beckham’s normal is certainly not “normal”. When your catches are actually unable to replicated to due virtual physical impossibility, you know you are not normal. But, what is becoming normal for Beckam is putting up gaudy stats as the Giants main receiving weapon. Beckam has become accustomed to scoring touchdowns by dissecting plays like this time and time again.
Beckham on his second touchdown of the day said, “It was a normal play for us. Eli [Manning] made a check to the tight end and gave me the post route to try and occupy the safety. The slant came open late and it just looked like a lot of open field, so I tried to run as fast as I could.”
As for whether Beckham’s freakish athleticism and ability is getting in the heads of his competitors, Beckham credited his opponent today for staying physical and playing him well.
“You never really know. Sometimes you can see it, sometimes you can’t. He was smiling and laughing the whole game and competing. That is what it is all about. You take it at somebody and you do the best you can to win every single time. Sometimes you come up short. I know he broke up the pass in the end zone. It is going to give me trouble sleeping at night. It’s little things like that. There are a lot of good that was in the game, but there is still so much to learn from.”
Also, apparently for Beckham, one thing he does not have to learn is how to execute the back shoulder catch. For him, it has become “natural” and just another ho hum play.
“I think it is just a natural thing. You see the defender over the top. A quarterback is naturally going to put it back shoulder. He is not going to try and throw it past him if he is already on top. I think it is an automatic read. He just put in spots where I could only get to it. You can only be thankful for the opportunity.”
So, you might be wondering what Beckham’s reward is for his breakout season and his inability to be stifled. Two words sum this question up: More defenders.
“You can definitely see some more adjustments. I don’t remember exactly who it was, it was ‘91’ [Ryan Kerrigan], he was out there at almost cornerback on one play. I just think he was out there as a decoy and to distract, but as the game goes on, you can see the teams make adjustments and the defense shift. We did a great job at changing the plays up and getting where we needed to go.”
But, no matter what the situation, for Beckham, it is about being levelheaded and grounded on the goal at hand and the obstacles in the way.
“You keep going with the punches. Whatever is thrown at you is whatever situation you are going to be in. For me, it’s about making the most of the opportunities and whatever chance I get, to just make the most out of it.”
He is certainly making the most of his opportunities. He has been spectacular and a diversion from many of the Giants faults, however, there is a difference between spectacular and spectacularly consistent. Can he be the latter? Next season will begin to answer that, but for now, lets take the final two games to admire the spectacular and the direct opposite of “normal.”