John Fennelly, Lead WriterThe fixing of the “broken” offense continues. The addition of LSU WR Odell Beckham Jr. give the Giants another weapon they can aim at defenses. And a much-needed one at that.
Beckham was high on the Giants’ board, obviously higher than Notre Dame OL Zack Martin, who they passed on, but maybe not as high as Michigan OT Taylor Lewan, who was snatched up by the Titans right before the Giants selected.
Either way, they got the playmaker they came for. Beckham is ready to take on defenses with his ability to get under, past and around defenders.
“I love running routes,” Beckham said at his presser at Radio City Music Hall Thursday night. “I’m looking forward to coming in here and getting my hands on the playbook.”
Beckham is excited to be joining the Giants. I asked him about his reaction when he got the call from Giants head coach Tom Coughlin.
“I was trying not to cry. My mom was crying. And I told her ‘Don’t cry.’ It’s such a surreal feeling,” he said.
I asked Beckham last night how he compares to former Giants WR Hakeem Nicks, the man he’s been brought in to replace.
“I don’t really compare myself to Hakeem Nicks. I think I’m more like Victor Cruz. I like to model my game after his elusiveness. Catching the ball in the open field, making guys miss and him salsa-ing in the end zone is just something I always loved about him.”
The Giants, in their presser last night, said Beckham was a player that could score from anywhere on the field and was versatile enough to score three different ways. The Giants haven’t returned a punt for a TD since 2009 and have made some moves this offseason to address that weakness by bringing in Quentin Demps and Trindon Holliday.
Expect the explosive Beckham to throw his hat in the ring as the punt returner. I asked him if planned to do so.
“Absolutely,” he said. “Returning punts and kicks is something that I love to do, especially punt returns. If they have a guy already back there, then I’ll fight for the spot and leave it for the coach to decide.”
It looks like the Giants have done it again. They a took a player that can play multiple positions, but this one is designed to get the crowd out of their seats more frequently than the others.