Giants WR Odell Beckham looked to be in particular angst after a loss to the Eagles last week, and talked about being out of gas late in the game.
This video shows Beckham holding his head against a metal security gate after the loss, and reports show he was growling to himself approaching the locker room.
In the middle of another monster season, Beckham has scored 10 touchdowns this year to go with more than 1,300 receiving yards, but the weight of being a great player in New York City might be getting to to third-year star out of LSU. Always one for the spotlight, at various times this season, Beckham has looked volatile on the field and talked about his need to keep his emotions under control.
With the Giants spot in the playoffs clinched, should New York rest OBJ? It might seem a silly question, but it's one that New York Daily News' Giants reporter Pat Leonard suggested last week. From Leonard, in what was an especially rough column on the 'Skins and Josh Norman:
Beckham is the Giants’ most important player. They have won eight of nine games and have earned this advantageous position to potentially make the shrewdest of season-savings decisions. That would be to sit No. 13 in Week 17 and prevent Norman from spoiling Big Blue’s run for Super Bowl No 5.
Leonard's column is prime tabloid fodder, heavy on unnecessary and incorrect insults for Washington, but his point is interesting. Norman undoubtedly gets in Beckham's head. In two meetings, the Giants star has melted down with weird to disturbing episodes both times. He tried to spear Norman last season, and this year, Beckham took his frustrations from being matched up with the corner out on a kicking net. It didn't end well.
Eli Manning made clear he does not intend to rest against the 'Skins, but Manning doesn't suffer with the emotional outbursts that come from Beckham so often. Other veteran Giant players talked openly about using some rest before the playoffs. Linebacker Jonathan Casillas said it would be "great" to rest Week 17.
It will be an interesting call for Giants coach Ben McAdoo, and he will get asked about it plenty.