NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
Tuesday, October 20, 2015, 1:29 AM
PHILADELPHIA – He didn’t practice all last week, was trapped on the sidelines as his teammates worked through drills. With each passing day, the concerns grew louder, the chances of him sitting out a pivotal NFC East division clash seemed a little greater.
And then, Odell Beckham Jr. played in the game.
So much for that balky left hamstring. On Monday night against the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field, the Giants’ most dangerous receiver gutted out his hamstring injury to make seven catches for 61 yards and score Big Blue’s lone TD on a 13-yard grab on the game’s first possession.
Not that Beckham came out of the game healthy. He admitted that he was far from full strength in the 27-7 loss.
“You’ve just got to manage it,” he said. “Know that you can’t put it all out there. You give as much as you can. I’m gonna give as much as I can every single week.”
Beckham gave the Giants plenty, especially in the first half, when he made all seven of his catches. But in the second half, he was targeted just once and held without a grab.
“I think it is just the way the game went,” he said. “They did a great job causing some havoc and we did not help ourselves out.”
He said the Eagles did not alter their coverage scheme to account for him in the second half.
“It was all the same thing,” he said. “Same thing they were trying to play. It is all about executing and making plays at the end of the day. You have to make plays.”
And on Monday night, Beckham knew his Giants hadn’t made nearly enough of them. He said he was “very very confident” in Big Blue after an opening drive in which they’d marched 80 yards on eight plays, a drive he’d capped with a 13-yard TD grab.
It had been a continuation of a good day for Beckham, when he’d warmed up well, without even needing a trainer, and started the game strongly. But then he watched his Giants commit three turnovers in an eventual loss.
“We really shot ourselves in the foot,” he said. “Turnovers, mistakes, things we really shouldn’t have been doing. This one’s on us.”