Tuesday’s roundup: Beckham antics upsetting Giants
Minneapolis — Giants receiver Odell Beckham Jr. took exception to getting tagged by Xavier Rhodes just after he ran out of bounds, so he got up and exchanged a couple words with the Vikings cornerback.
It was a benign confrontation by Beckham’s standards, but still drew an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty from officials.
And with that, the message was clear: The extremely talented and extremely volatile Giants receiver is a marked man now, his reputation cemented as a player who needs to be closely watched for all the wrong reasons.
“It’s always, it’s just my fault. That’s all I look at it as, it’s my fault. Whatever you want to call it,” Beckham said after having just three catches for a career-low 23 yards in New York’s 24-10 loss to Minnesota on Monday night. “I just have to understand if I sneeze the wrong way, it’ll be a flag, it’ll be a fine. If I tie my shoe the wrong way, it might be a fine or a flag.
“It is what it is. You have to understand that.”
Last year Beckham was suspended for a game after drawing three personal foul penalties in a vicious matchup with then-Carolina cornerback Josh Norman. It also prompted Commissioner Roger Goodell to back a new rule that allows referees to eject a player after drawing multiple personal fouls.
He already has lost $130,000 in salary because of fines and suspensions in his young career. Beckham was so unruly on the sideline in a loss to Norman and Washington last week that coach Ben McAdoo had to speak with him several times to try to calm him down.
Giants quarterback Eli Manning backed Beckham this week, but Manning said after Monday night’s game his wide receiver has to adjust.
“He’s got to be aware,” Manning said. “People are looking for him and he’s got to be smart. He can’t afford to do anything that they’re going to call. He’s brought that on himself, so he’s got to be aware of that.”
And the negative attention is starting to wear on teammates.
“I’m not answering any Odell, those types of questions,” receiver Victor Cruz said. “Ask me about him as a player or me as a player or our team. I’m not answering any Odell-infraction questions.”
Dolphins center Mike Pouncey returned to practice after missing the first four games with a broken left hip.
... The Colts released cornerback Antonio Cromartie and waivrd linebacker Sio Moore.
... Running back Justin Forsett was released by the Ravens.
... Jaguars left guard Luke Joeckel could miss the rest of the season with a left knee injury.
... The Cardinals will be without running back Chris Johnson and safety Tyvon Branch for at least eight weeks as both players were placed on injured reserve. Both have groin injuries.
... The Raiders signed linebacker Perry Riley Jr. and placed linebacker Ben Heeney on injured reserve with an ankle injury.