In a surprisingly diplomatic move, Odell Beckham Jr. is squashing his beef with Josh Norman ahead of Sunday’s game against Washington. The 3rd year wide receiver made it clear that he doesn’t want any personal battles getting in the way of a winning team.
“Honestly, there really is a bigger concern," noted Beckham. "Division game, 2-0 start to the year. Really focused on going 3-0. Wherever I go, wherever I lineup, that’s my job. The same way it would be whoever’s job it is to stop me. My job is to win over there. The biggest concern is winning, winning this game.”
Beckham was equally nuanced when describing his expectation of Norman this weekend, even going so far as to compliment the cornerback.
“I expect him to play his game the way he’s always played to get him in the position he is now," noted the Giants wideout. "He’s obviously done a good job of that. I expect him to play his game.”
The two share a well-documented history of going after one another’s ability via the media and social media; the latter including pointed messages as well as more subversive ones such as subtweets. Despite this, OBJ believes that many of the things attached to him in relation to Norman are purposely misinterpreted and/or exaggerated.
“I’m good, admitted Beckham. "A lot of things just like to make stories. Just stuff that looks good to click on. Words are misconstrued. I’m good.”
Beckham’s maturity may surprise some but not the man himself. He’s aware and happy that he’s changed and knows that it’s all part of his personal development.
“A lot. It’s been a lot that’s happened since then. That was a lot that happened at the time period of my life. You take the good and the bad and you learn from it. That’s how you grow and improve yourself as an individual and a human being. You take the life lessons and you learn from it.”