Odell Beckham Jr.: 'I Don't Regret Anything That I Said' About Giants

Tyler Conway@jtylerconwayFeatured ColumnistOctober 8, 2018

New York Giants' Odell Beckham (13) catches a pass as Carolina Panthers' James Bradberry (24) defends in the first half of an NFL football game in Charlotte, N.C., Sunday, Oct. 7, 2018. (AP Photo/Mike McCarn)
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Odell Beckham Jr. has apologized to his teammates for his candid remarks about the New York Giants' coaching staff and Eli Manning in an ESPN interview.

He just doesn't regret them.

"I don't regret anything," Beckham told reporters. "I don't regret anything that I said. If it took that for us to come together as a team like we did [Sunday]. I can take that every single time."

In an interview with ESPN's Josina Anderson, Beckham called his use within the offense into question and criticized Manning for not taking more downfield shots. Beckham had his best game of the season Sunday following the controversy, hauling in eight passes for 131 yards and a touchdown while also throwing for a 57-yard score in a 33-31 loss to the Carolina Panthers.

Beckham continued:

"It's been on my heart. And I think all the stuff that was built up inside, it just kinda—it came out in the wrong way. And I texted [head coach Pat Shurmur], and I asked if I could have a minute to just talk to the team, because I feel like if we're not all on the same page ... if it's not authentic and real, and we can all understand each other, then there's always gonna be miscommunication.

"So to be able to do that was big for me. I was nervous to get up thereand these are your brothers you see every daybut once you're up there in front of all of 'em, it's a little nerve-racking. So I'm just excited about the way we pulled together. Like I said, we came up short, but we fought [Sunday]."

Beckham still hasn't been on the receiving end of any big plays—his long Sunday was 33 yards, and that's his long for the season—but he did get into the end zone for the first time in 2018. Manning threw two interceptions but had arguably his second-best game of the season overall, throwing for 326 yards and two scores.

Beckham previously told Anderson:

"I don't know. Like I said, I feel like he's not going to get out the pocket. He's not—we know Eli's not running it. But is it a matter of time issue? Can he still throw it, yeah, but it's been pretty safe and it's been, you know ... cool catching shallow [routes] and trying to take it to the house. But I'm, you know, I want to go over the top of somebody."

The Giants didn't draft a quarterback early to replace Manning as their long-term option in April and ultimately selected Saquon Barkley second overall. The Penn State running back is an early Rookie of the Year contender, totaling 582 yards and five touchdowns through five weeks.

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