Beckham disputes penalty for kicking football

Odell Beckham Jr/ made a boneheaded play when he kicked the ball back to the official late in the fourth quarter to draw a flag for a delay of game.

The Giants lost their third straight game on Sunday, this time at the hands of their in-state rival the New York Jets. The Giants usurped a 13 point lead to fall in overtime, but Odell Beckham Jr extended his 100 yard game streak to five consecutive outings, hauling in 6 passes for 149 yards and a touchdown. Despite the strong performance, OBJ was somber in his postgame interview.

“It’s tough,” Beckham Jr stated on the loss. “Losing sucks. Not finishing sucks, but that was the case today and all we can do is move forward.”

The reining offensive rookie of the year had multiple highlight reel catches during the game to potentially lift his post-game spirits, including a 22 yard one handed snag in the first quarter coupled with a 72 yard catch and run touchdown. But Beckham Jr was focusing on the plays he didn’t make.

“I should’ve caught the ball in the end zone; it could have been a touchdown there,” OBJ said commenting on his touchdown drop in the third quarter. “We could’ve had touchdowns down at the goal line. There are so many plays that can happen or don’t happen, or should happen and didn’t happen, and what could you do besides keep playing?”

OBJ’s optimism through adversity showcases his continued passion to win. Beckham did have a few detrimental blunders during the game though, including a delay of game penalty for kicking a football that he dropped in overtime on third down. OBJ had no remorse for the kick.

 “If you kick the ball back, it’s not like I’m screaming F-bombs and kicking the ball back. You kick it back to the huddle and we go to the fourth and two play. I really don’t think it’s a penalty, but it’s not my job to make calls.”

The 2016 Madden cover player did make up for the penalty on the subsequent play, hauling in a 21 yard reception on fourth and seven and moving the Giants into field goal territory. The Giants were incapable of moving the ball much further, and they ended up missing a field goal attempt off the leg of Josh Brown. Beckham Jr had no frustration or blame to aim at his kicker.

We have one of the best kickers in the league. We didn’t hit it today; we didn’t connect. That is something that, time and time again, if the game is on the line, I would still put ‘3’ [Josh Brown] out there to kick a field goal because he is going to make it 9.9 times out of ten. This was the one. It’s all good.

So despite OBJ’s impressive performance, the Giants fall once again, but are still in contention for the NFC East title in close division.




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