New York Giants Will Get "Best Version" Of Odell Beckham Jr. In 2018

It's a contract year for Odell Beckham Jr.

Taz and the Moose
October 30, 2018 - 10:00 am

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Odell Beckham Jr. has created his fair share of headlines, many of which haven’t been positive – or had anything to do with football. But the 25-year-old receiver said on social media that he is all in on the 2018 season.

Should we believe him?

“I think he’s always been all in on football,” former NFL linebacker D’Qwell Jackson said on Taz & The Moose. 

But what about the distractions Beckham brings to the team? A lot of people don’t like that.

“These are probably the old-age guys,” Jackson said. “The new NFL, you got to deal with the social media, you got to deal with guys building their brand – you got to deal with the Odell Beckhams. Especially playing in a place like New York, he’s a great talent. I can probably guarantee you there’s not one guy in that locker room that would trade Odell Beckham and all his antics for anyone else playing his position. He means that much to that organization.”

Beckham had 90+ catches for 1,300+ yards and 10+ touchdowns in each of his first three seasons. Last year, he was limited to four games – and the Giants finished with the worst record (3-13) in franchise history.

“Just watching him play from afar, the guy is a super talent,” Jackson said. “You don’t want all the distractions throughout the course of the year, but you know that’s what you’re going to get. He’s marketable, he understands it, he’s going to be out in the public. He needs to make better decisions obviously. He can’t put himself in compromising positions moving forward, but as long as he shows up on Sundays, as long as he’s a great teammate and he produces – (he’ll be welcomed).

“This is going to be an interesting year because this is a contract year,” Jackson continued. “So you’re probably going to get your best version of Odell Beckham this year – I can almost promise you that – because he wants that big long-term deal so he can solidify himself as being one of the top receivers in the game.”

The Giants open the season at home against Jacksonville on Sept. 9. Kickoff is at 1 p.m. ET.