X

Odell Beckham Jr. Comments on Loss to Packers, Miami Boat Trip

Scott Polacek@@ScottPolacekFeatured Columnist

GREEN BAY, WI - JANUARY 8: Odell Beckham #13 of the New York Giants fails to make a catch in the first quarter during the NFC Wild Card game against the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field on January 8, 2017 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)
Stacy Revere/Getty Images

New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. had little impact on the 38-13 postseason loss to the Green Bay Packers, but he had plenty to say in the aftermath.

"You have to grow and learn from this and find ways to not have this feeling again," he said after hauling in four catches for only 28 yards, per the Giants.

Beckham added, "It's a game of inches, and we were just inches short from making some big plays."

The Giants shared more of Beckham's comments:

New York Giants @Giants

WATCH: @OBJ_3 on missed opportunities vs. the Packers https://t.co/c5QUWpL1G1

The receiver also allegedly took out some of his frustration in the locker room, according to ESPN's Sal Paolantonio:

Jordan Raanan @JordanRaanan

Odell Beckham was banging head against locker room door, per Sal Pal. Also believed to have punched this hole in https://t.co/dOpRJyremD

"We and I take full responsibility for that," Giants head coach Ben McAdoo told reporters regarding the punch to the wall. "That's not the way we want to act after ballgames."

The hole has since been repaired, per Tim Van Vooren of Fox6:

tim van vooren @tvvfoxsix

Gone, but not forgotten. The OBJ hole in the wall at Lambeau Field has been fixed. #packers https://t.co/KTBoNF29ID

Giants general manager Jerry Reese also spoke about Beckham during his press conference Monday, per Dan Duggan of NJ.com:

We all had to grow up at different times in our lives. I think it's time for him to do that. He's been here for three years now. He's a little bit of a lightning rod because of what he does on the football field. But the things he does off the football field, he's got to be responsible for those things. We'll talk through it. I know he's a smart guy. I believe he understands that he has a responsibility being one of the faces of this franchise. I think he'll accept that responsibility. ...

I see a guy who needs to think about some of the things that he does. Everybody knows he's a gifted player, but there's some things that he's done that he needs to look at himself in the mirror and be honest with himself about some of the things that he's done. I think he'll do that. We'll help him with that, but he has to help himself and we believe he'll do that. He's a smart guy, but sometimes he doesn't do smart things.

Beckham is under the microscope whenever the Giants take the field as one of the pre-eminent superstars in the NFL, but he was even more scrutinized during Sunday's loss because of how he spent a day off leading up to the game.

Duggan noted Beckham and other Giants wide receivers, including Victor Cruz, partied at a Miami nightclub after last Sunday's 19-10 win over Washington.

They also hit the open water, as Justin Witmondt of USA Today passed along:

Justin Witmondt @JustinWitmondt

So OBJ, Sterling Shepard, Victor Cruz, and Roger Lewis flew to Miami last night, went clubbing, and are on a boat. Living life. #Giants https://t.co/SE6QqfuYfT

Duggan noted McAdoo gives players Mondays off after Sunday games, and Beckham and some of his teammates took advantage of the down time.

Beckham stressed the trip to Miami was not a factor in Sunday's poor performance, per Ralph Vacchiano of SNY: "It doesn't really connect to me. ... I was never distracted in my mind."

Cruz didn't turn in a stellar game either, finishing with three catches for 30 yards.

Quarterback Eli Manning—who finished 23-of-44 for 299 yards, with one touchdown and one interception—took some of the blame for Beckham's lackluster showing, per Vacchiano: "I could've made better throws. I didn't have to make it so tough on him."

Pointing out New York's struggles is just one part of the equation. The Packers were the better team Sunday and deserve plenty of credit for defending their home-field advantage at Lambeau Field in front of a raucous crowd.

Whether Beckham went on a boat or not, Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers, arguably the best player in football, was going to be difficult for the Giants to deal with. He tallied 362 passing yards and four touchdowns while leading his team to its seventh straight win dating back to the regular season.

Now the Dallas Cowboys will have to deal with the red-hot Rodgers in the divisional round as Beckham and the rest of the Giants ponder their missed opportunities during the offseason.