He could have had it all, a legendary profession as a New York Giant, greatest receiver in the franchise’s history, and Odell Beckham Jr. dropped the ball.
It is nevertheless tough to fathom, such a wondrous young talent who seemed heaven-produced for the vibrant lights and the large stage becoming such a headache and such a distraction that the New York Football Giants couldn’t wait to wash their hands of what had grow to be in their eyes an ongoing soap opera.
The sight of Beckham wearing a 13 Cleveland Browns jersey on “Monday Evening Football” against the Jets will undoubtedly be surreal as he returns to the scene of The Catch that changed his life, and seemed to alter him as nicely.
From that evening on, he wore a bullseye on his chest, and struggled walking the tightrope and keeping his balance in between football star and entertainment icon.
And in front of the MNF Football cameras, Beckham faces a maturation test as he appears to embarrass Jets defensive coordinator Gregg Williams with out creating a spectacle of himself.
Beckham shined a light on Williams’ barbaric previous when he accused him of targeting his ankle 3 preseasons ago as Browns defensive coordinator, a calculated tactic made to get the zebras on higher alert from the get started. Williams won the Chutzpah Olympics when he dismissed his personal sordid Bountygate suspension and Beckham as a Lethal Weapon at the exact same time.
Beckham (7-71 getting in the Browns’ shocking 43-13 loss to the Titans) is hellbent on exacting his revenge on Williams. Williams, with out his defensive quarterback C.J. Mosley, is hellbent on assisting backup quarterback Trevor Siemian, if not finding in Beckham’s head adequate to compel him to headbutt and punch a sideline cooling fan or some thing.
The Giants wanted Beckham to develop into a leader, and gave him 90 million motives to grow to be 1. It by no means came as naturally to him as it has with Saquon Barkley, not even close.
Browns GM John Dorsey didn’t trade for a leader when he surrendered initial- and third-round draft options and security Jabrill Peppers to the Giants, he currently had his man in Baker Mayfield. No, Dorsey traded for the dynamic, game-altering playmaker who was need to-watch theater from the moment he stepped onto an NFL field.
Beckham desires to win the game the way Lawrence Taylor wanted to win the game, but there had been also lots of occasions when he could not tame his inner beast and it sabotaged him, left him acting out like some petulant, raging kid.
Sadly, he by no means seemed genuinely satisfied as a Giant, generally conflicted rather, dreaming about getting A Giant For Life 1 minute, telling Lil Wayne some thing else totally the subsequent.
His Giants teammates got a kick out of his goofiness, adored his function ethic and respected his otherworldly gifts. But tough as he attempted to establish a partnership with Beckham at the starting, coach Pat Shurmur failed to connect with him or attain him, and GM Dave Gettleman decided that Beckham could not be aspect of the Massive Blue band if he was going to maintain marching to the beat of his personal drummer.
Beckham must do himself a favor and quit hunting backward, quit trashing Gettleman and the Giants. In Mayfield, he has a quarterback he prefers to Eli Manning. Receiver Jarvis Landry is 1 of his greatest close friends. In Freddie Kitchens, he has a head coach who he believes will let Beckham be Beckham much more than he believes the Giants let Beckham be Beckham. With the Browns, he has a much better likelihood to win his initial playoff game than he would with the Giants.
Williams undoubtedly knows he does not have the cornerbacks to quit Beckham. The likelihood is that only Beckham can quit Beckham.