When Odell Beckham Jr. decided not to attend New York Giants OTA’s this off-season, his teammates were left to answer a lot of the media’s questions about him.
Quarterback Eli Manning wasn’t bothered by Beckham’s absence or answering questions about it because he knew the 24-year-old was putting the work in on his own.
“When stuff happens, the media is usually going to ask the head coach and quarterback to answer the questions,” Manning laughed during his appearance on The Jim Rome Show Tuesday on CBS Sports Radio. “Odell and I, we talk constantly, and he’s up front with me about what his plans are, when he’s going to be there and what he needs to do to get better.
“So hey, I promote him in doing whatever it takes for him to be at his best, and for that he thought he needed to be training on his own in California to get his workouts to make sure he’s healthy and ready to go for the upcoming season.”
The two-time Super Bowl champion said Beckham knows himself and his regiment to be ready.
“The guy’s a workhorse. He’s loves the training, he knows his body, he knows what he’s got to do to get ready and so he felt this was the best way for him to get prepared,” Manning said. “Sometimes as athletes, you know your body better than anyone else. You know what you need to do to get in the best shape and get the most work and that’s what he felt, and you have to support the guy, because he is working. He is doing the right things, and he is trying to get better.”
Manning said timing with Beckham won’t be an issue when the 2017 season kicks off.
“We got the workouts, a decent amount in April, before the practices just on our own throwing routes and getting on the same page. We got the mini-camp, and then we will have all of Training Camp,” Manning said. “He’s a guy, he knows the offense, he’s a great practice guy, he’s got a great work ethic, and we got plenty of time to get on the same page and work on things and have a big year.”
Entering his 14th NFL Season, the 36-year-old’s motivation remains simple.
“Just putting another trophy in the trophy case, getting that fifth trophy for the New York Giants organization,” Manning said about what his motivation is. “That’s what it’s all about. I think there is excitement about this team, and that’s a good thing. I think having players that are excited and realizing you got a good squad, you have some good players, and now it’s a matter we have to prove that we’re good and we got to prove that we can go out there Sunday and hang with the best teams and bring our best effort our best performance on those days and that’s exciting, and if we go out there and play our best football, we’re going to be a tough team to beat.”