The expectations for Odell Beckham this season were always absurd, and everybody knew it. No receiver had ever had the kind of start that he did in the NFL last season. It was insane to expect him to do it again.
But it wasn’t out of line to expect more out of Beckham than the Giants have gotten so far.
It’s not that he’s not playing well. He’s certainly still the best receiver on the team and one of the best in all of football. It’s just that heading into the Giants’ game Sunday night against the San Francisco 49ers, Beckham’s numbers and performance have seemed almost... normal. Last season, he seemed to alternate between being spectacular and superhuman. This season he’s seemed at times like he’s just one of the guys.
And the Giants sure wanted — and needed — a little more out of Beckham than that.
“I think, in general, we’ve haven’t been as clean (throwing to Beckham) outside the numbers as we’ve liked to be,” offensive coordinator Ben McAdoo said. “It’s not the quarterback. It’s not Odell. It’s just a combination of everything, and that’s something we’re working at right now to get better at."