Odell Beckham Jr. is making a statement, and Ben McAdoo doesn’t like it, nor should he.
“I love my team and am excited about the season,” Beckham told NFL Network, a long way away from OTAs Thursday.
He was asked if he will attend OTAs next week.
What about the June 13 minicamp?
Apparently, he loves his team when it is mandatory to love his team, rather than voluntary, and is excited about the season when it is mandatory to be excited about the season, rather than voluntary.
Remember the Jordan Rules?
Welcome to the Odell Rules.
The very first question Thursday for the second-year head coach of the Giants was a Beckham question.
“You want all your players here, especially your great players,” McAdoo said. “It’s a time to build fundamentals and communication and chemistry and trust, so you want all your players here, especially the great ones. They facilitate a lot of those things for you, but you coach who’s here. That’s what time of year it is for us.”
There was a second question about whether Beckham had communicated with him, and the same answer, only shorter. Then a third Beckham question a few minutes later about the coach’s concern level with how much Beckham has or has not matured.
“Again, we want all our players to be here, and we coach the guys who are here,” McAdoo said.
The fourth Beckham question for McAdoo: Is it disappointing he is missing football things or that the questions about his absence become a distraction?
“I already answered that question — it’s an opportunity to build fundamentals, it’s an opportunity to work on your communication, the trust and the chemistry,” McAdoo said.
The fifth and final Beckham question: Is this a contract thing? Defensive end Olivier Vernon was absent as well, but he signed a five-year, $85 million free-agent contract last season. Beckham is due to make $1.839 million in the final year of his rookie deal, virtual tip money compared…