Imagine what it’s like to be a Giants fan right now.
Just when you’re starting to come to terms with losing one of the finest young safeties in the NFL, this happens.
A week after the Giants cut ties with all-pro safety Landon Collins, they reportedly shipped Odell Beckham Jr., their unstoppable, explosive 26-year-old wide receiver, to the Browns for a first-round pick, a second-round pick and third-year safety Jabril Peppers.
Clear difference in philosophy: The Browns have figured out that having good players is good. The Giants? Well they think having good players is bad. We’ll see who is right.— Kevin Clark (@bykevinclark) March 13, 2019
In the span of a week, the Giants cut ties with a 25-year-old three-time Pro Bowl safety and now a 26-year-old three-time Pro Bowl wide receiver.
Collins landed with the Redskins and now Beckham is with the rejuvenated Browns, where he gives 23-year-old Baker Mayfield a legit all-pro weapon.
OBJ has 390 catches for 5,476 yards, fourth-most in NFL history by a player in his first 59 games.
This is certainly good news for the Eagles and the rest of the NFC East.
Although the Eagles have had the Giants' number over the last several years, those two Giants games on the schedule now look easier than ever as general manager Dave Gettleman continues dismantling the Giants in a manner not unlike what happened to the Eagles in the early 1990s, when Reggie White, Clyde Simmons, Seth Joyner and numerous others were allowed by owner Norman Braman to leave via free agency.
OBJ had a 12-for-185 game against the Eagles in 2014 and an 11-for-150 game against the Eagles in 2016. He’s one of only three players in history with more than one 150-yard game against the Eagles — the others are Woodley Lewis in the 1950s and Terrell Owens.
Since he entered the league in 2014, Odell Beckham has more receptions (61), receiving yards (732) and receiving touchdowns (6) than any other player against the #Eagles— Dave Zangaro (@DZangaroNBCS) March 13, 2019
Now, he's shipped out of the conference.
The Giants have become a punchline around the NFL.
They haven’t won a playoff game since the 2011 Super Bowl season, and they’ve had just one winning season in the last six years.
They are staunchly devoted to their 38-year-old quarterback, who is 31-63 in his last 94 starts and 1-9 in his last 10 starts against the Eagles. Yet they cut ties with two of their most exciting young players.
What the heck???
And you have to wonder what Giants coach Pat Shurmur is thinking. He was Chip Kelly’s offensive coordinator when Kelly got rid of DeSean Jackson and LeSean McCoy.
And now this.
He’s probably in Gettleman’s office right now begging him not to get rid of Saquon Barkley.
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