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Giants’ Odell Beckham Jr. credits past week for helping him ‘put things in perspective’ – ESPN

Beckham: ‘You play to leave a legacy’ (0:37)

Odell Beckham Jr. explains why he hates losing more than he enjoys winning, and he talks about his reason to hug a practice net after scoring a touchdown. (0:37)

GREEN BAY, Wis. — A lot happened in a six-day span for Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. He was flagged for taunting, fined and under fire since New York lost to the Minnesota Vikings on Monday.

Beckham and the Giants lost again in prime time on Sunday night, but he scored his first touchdown of the season late in a 23-16 loss to the Green Bay Packers.

It capped an eventful six days.

“They’ve been great,” Beckham said of the days. “Sometimes you just have to go through some things to give you a greater appreciation of it all. To be able to come here on Sunday, Lambeau [Field], I mean, it’s literally a blessing to be on the field. Sometimes you just have to put things in perspective; my week has probably been one of the better weeks I had. It has been a short week, too. Amnesia. I don’t remember. Just keep it moving, man. We’re on a losing streak, and you gotta just snap out of it.”

After scoring his first touchdown of the season Sunday night against the Packers, Odell Beckham Jr. made amends with the kicking net that had gotten the better of him in a Week 3 loss to the Redskins. Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports

The Giants (2-3) lost their third straight game Sunday night. Beckham finished with five catches for 56 yards on 12 targets.

On a night when he was clearly a bigger part of the offense, there was no drama. Beckham was matched mostly against young Packers cornerbacks Quinten Rollins and LaDarius Gunter, without incident.

“Just have fun. Smile. Have fun,” Beckham said of his approach to the game. “Never let anyone steal your joy. This is what I love doing. This is … it’s cool and all the other stuff that comes outside of it. But you play to leave a legacy.”

Beckham’s touchdown ended a five-game drought. He had scored 25 touchdowns in his first 26 career games.

“You play for bigger things than just scoring touchdowns,” Beckham said. “You play to win. I hate losing games even more than I enjoy winning. I can’t sit here and tell you I even enjoy wins, because there is always something to critique. And it’s tough, but I don’t think there is anything different, besides maybe the camera won’t follow me as much.”

After Beckham’s touchdown Sunday night, he ran over to the kicking net and made amends. Beckham had a confrontation with the kicking net — and lost — in a Week 3 loss to the Washington Redskins.

“We hugged it out. Last time I hit him, he hit me back,” Beckham said. “I told him it was a good hit. I said from now on we can be friends. It is what it is. I’m having fun.”


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