Why Odell Beckham Jr. Is Stepping Up And Attending OTAs

The New York Giants have gotten used to star receiver Odell Beckham Jr. skipping voluntary OTAs in favor of working out on his own. In 2018, that consensus changed. The drafting of Saquon Barkley and the mini-rebuild of the team has clearly changed the mindset of Beckham, who seems to be more dedicated than ever to the team that drafted him.

Where does OBJ’s values lie?

There’s no doubt that Beckham will be paid the big bucks within the next year, and we’ve received verbal confirmation from John Mara the he wants to keep him around for the long-run. Considering is unique, generational talents, letting Beckham walk would be foolish. Additionally, the relationship OBJ has with Barkley only benefits the team as a whole, and helps convince the star receiver to attend OTAs.

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When Barkley was asked about his relationship with Beckham, he said:

“Odell and I got a lot closer since the Draft. It was great meeting him. Odell was just being Odell. He’s one of the most electrifying players in the NFL, if not the best wide receiver in the NFL. He saw who I was from college, and we just started working out. . . Since then, he started giving me tips. He gave me a lot of tips on how to do it, and how not to do it. He’s done a little bit of both.”

Having a star-studded player as your mentor is always a great thing, but when considering his questionable actions on and off the field, it’s fair to be skeptical. But, Beckham seems to be maturing, and it’s the perfect time for him to step up and lead his team to a successful 2018 season. He must also realize the amount of money he can drag out of the Giants’ check-book relies on his performance on the field, and in the locker room. Reports have said Beckham is seeking a deal upwards of $17 million per-year… In other words, quarterback money.

The chance for Beckham to begin building chemistry with the revamped offense is present at OTAs, and if he has taken a step back and looked at the current state of the team, he will quickly realize that things are better than ever.