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Pat’s Perspectives: Good things really do come
01-14-2019, 09:41 AM,
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Pat’s Perspectives: Good things really do come
to those who wait New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. woke up today a richer young man thanks to his new five-year Color Rush Curtis Riley Jersey , $95 million contract signed Monday.While the record-setting deal raises the bar for future NFL receiver contracts, it also does something on a much deeper level: it proves that there is more than one way to get a new deal that doesn’t include holding your breath until your face turns blue or taking your ball home out of frustration.In perhaps his greatest show of maturation yet, Beckham was patient and calm throughout the entire process, a process that picked up steam shortly after the Giants opened training camp. Whereas some of his fellow NFL comrades were taking control of their contract situations by holding out, Beckham took control of his by placing the onus on the Giants.The first thing he did was show up and be a frequent participant in the offseason program and OTAs. It helped that Beckham and head coach Pat Shurmur had an understanding in which Beckham wouldn’t be exposed to any dangers of the preseason that come at the expense of a young, hungry defensive back on the roster bubble of another team looking to make a name for himself by taking out one of the best receivers to come along in this generation. Shurmur, who made building a relationship with Beckham a top priority, kept his end of the deal, protecting his receiver at every turn by keeping their private conversations between them. He also repeatedly gave his receiver the benefit of the doubt and vowed to be there to help Beckham find his way on his own.Beckham, to his credit, responded to Shurmur’s gentle guidance. He vowed to become the best player he could be and had the video to prove it. When he arrived at the Giants this year for the start of their offseason program, he was not only in the best shape of his life, he showed zero signs of having been laid up with broken ankle suffered in a Week 5 loss to the Los Angeles Chargers last year.More importantly, Beckham made a conscious effort to keep his name out of the tabloids. For him it was all about football, and if it wasn’t football with he Giants Youth Odell Beckham Jr Jersey , it was teaching football to youngsters who attended his offseason camps.Just like that, Beckham grew up before our eyes, and the Giants, liking what they saw, decided to commence contract negotiations just a couple days into the start of training camp, working on blind faith that Beckham was really the same receiver he was skill wise prior to his injury.So here we are, about six weeks later and Beckham is officially signed, sealed and delivered to a five-year deal worth $95 million that includes $65 million guaranteed and has a $20 million signing bonus. The new deal removes the potential for a distraction that likely would have popped up had a deal not gotten done before the Week 1 clash with the Jaguars.In the end, Beckham, whose critics have called him a “diva,” a “cancer,” “immature” and other derogatory terms are eating crow as the new and improved 25-year-old Beckham showed the NFL community that good things really do come to those who wait and that you don’t have to hold your breath until your face turns blue to force it.Odell Beckham Jr has grown up, ladies and gentlemen, and the Giants and Beckham are both going to be a lot better because of it. The New York Giants offense has more than its share of problems. They can’t run the ball, their pass protection is a shambles Color Rush Patrick Omameh Jersey , the passing game is inconsistent at best, and Eli Manning is in decline and not able to consistently play at the level he needs to in order to lift the offense above its deficiencies. But of all their problems, perhaps the biggest — and most surprising — is the offense’s inability to score when they are in the red zone. Despite being loaded for bear with explosive playmakers, the Giants struggle to score touchdowns when they get within 20 yards of the endzone. All the more frustrating, the team fielded one of the best red zone offenses in 2017, despite being without Odell Beckham Jr, Saquon Barkley, and Sterling Shepard battling injury all year. It’s a problem the Giants need to fix over their bye week, if they can just figure out how.“Definitely frustrating,” Saquon Barkley said, “we love our kicker to death, but we have to find a way to put six points on the board more times that we did in the game. That’s something, during this little stretch, that we haven’t been able to do. It’s something we have to start doing.”Pat ShurmurAs the architect of the offense, it will fall to Shurmur to figure out how to fix their red zone woes. “On offense Color Rush Nate Solder Jersey , we’ve got to score more points,” he said in his opening remarks. “Until we unlock that, until we get down there and score touchdowns, then it’s going to be tough sledding, so that’s where it is. You can’t score 13 points in any game at any level and expect to win them. We’ve got to unlock that, we’ve got to get that better. Whatever it is, we’ve got to get that figured out. We’ve got to put the ball in the end zone more often.”Evan EngramEngram was the biggest reason for the Giants’ success in the red zone in 2017, but this season he has been a non-factor. Between changes in his usage, his injury, and then some bad drops, Engram hasn’t been able to follow up his impressive rookie campaign. That doesn’t mean he isn’t trying to help his team succeed.“Our mentality is to score every drive,” tight end Evan Engram said, “no matter if we’re backed up in their territory or in our territory. Our mentality is to drive down and score. We didn’t want to live with anymore field goals. We want to end stuff in the end zone. We just gotta keep working at that and just keep getting better at that. There’s no doubt in our minds. We know what we are capable of. We just gotta get it done.” Odell Beckham Jr. While Barkley has taken the NFL by storm and quickly established himself as one of the league’s premier playmaking running backs, Odell Beckham is still the Giants’ most dynamic playmaker, and has been their most prolific scorer since his rookie season. But even he is at a loss to put his finger on why the Giants can’t finish drives with touchdowns. Beckham said Youth Evan Engram Jersey , “I don’t have an answer for that. It doesn’t make sense. I feel like we should be doing better and we’re not. This is where we’re at. When we get down in the red zone, we have to score.” “Just keep working,” he added, when asked what the team can do to fix the problem, “that’s all you can do. Score in the red zone, there is a lot of things we can do, we just have to go out and do it.” Beckham wouldn’t say that he is frustrated with the offense, but did say that he is ready and willing for the Giants to put more on his plate.“It’s definitely not where I want it [the offense] to be,” he said, “it’s definitely not what I envisioned this team being. ...If there is any frustration, that’s where the frustration comes in. All I want to do is come in and do whatever I can to help this team win. I know I have more in me, I’m ready to do that.”
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