It's unclear how the younger Odell Beckham Jr. would have reacted after the Giants lost to the Saints on Sunday, 33-18. The loss dropped them to 1-3 on the year, but it was Beckham's quiet day—just seven catches for 60 yards and no touchdowns—that could have possibly erupted into another brazen attack on a totally innocent steel wall. But while the $95 million man is trying to let his play do the talking, he couldn't hold back on New York's sputtering offense when the day was done.
"It seems like it shouldn't be this hard," Beckham said, by way of NJ.com, "but it is."
"I don't have a Richter scale of where the frustration level is," he continued. "It's definitely frustrating."
New Orleans hasn't exactly been a defensive wall this season, but they held the Giants under 300 yards of total offense and just 18 points. It stands in stark contrast to the 48 points they gave to a backup quarterback, Ryan Fitzpatrick, in a Week 1 loss to the Bucs, and the 37 points Atlanta dropped on them in Week 3.
The fault seems to rest with Eli Manning, who was benched last year as New York was going through their dismal 3-13 campaign. Through four games, Beckham has a career-low 10.7 yards per catch. He also doesn't have a touchdown to his name since going down last season with an ankle injury.
"I'm doing everything I can," Beckham continued. "I put my all into this. I have sacrificed everything, especially coming into this year. I have sacrificed and made personal changes, doing all I can to be the best teammate and bring everything that I can every Sunday. It's disappointing when you have to leave like this. You work way too hard five or six days a week for 60 minutes of football. I hate to get out there and waste those 60 minutes."
The Giants visit the Panthers next week and host the Eagles the weekend after that, so they're not far removed from an 1-5 start that makes any postseason berth highly improbable. If Eli Manning and Co. can't find a way to kickstart a stagnant aerial attack, it's unclear how long OBJ's newfound maturity holds up. As evidenced by Sunday's comments, there already appear to be cracks in that veneer.