Time for Odell Beckham Jr. to grow up
GREEN BAY, Wisc. – The hole in the wall reportedly created by Odell Beckham Jr.'s fist was not the reason the New York Giants lost to the Green Bay Packers in their first playoff game in five years. His play on the field factored way more into the equation than a postgame hissy fit.Two drops and several others catches that the uber-talented receiver normally makes were detrimental to the Giants' cause in a 38-13 loss to the Packers. The Giants had opportunities early to open a lead and whiffed, leaving the door open for Aaron Rodgers to get going and crush the Giants’ playoff dreams.That’s the skinny on Beckham’s on-field performance, which wasn’t up to par for such a player in the playoff spotlight. Beckham’s first career postseason game was a dud, complete with a postgame incident that (again) reflects poorly on his maturity.Really, this is the story of his 2016 season. When the Giants win, all is good. Beckham is catching touchdowns and making defenders look foolish.Odell Beckham Jr. finished his playoff debut with four catches for 28 yards, tied for the second-worst production of his career. Jeff Hanisch/USA TODAY SportsWhen the Giants lose, there is always something with Beckham, whether it’s hitting the kicking net, losing his cool against the Minnesota Vikings, banging his head against the wall or complaining about the officials. There is always some sort of drama.Well, it’s time to grow up. It’s time for the talented-but-mercurial wide receiver to get past these antics. He's not a rookie anymore. He's not an obscure player. He's a role model to millions of young fans.There are lots of players who want to win just as badly as Beckham. They’re able to keep their composure after games and don't go around banging their head or punching walls.Beckham, 24, is young, but he's not a rookie. He just completed his third professional season but is still making rookie mistakes off the field, including taking that Miami trip after the regular season finale. No, it didn't lead to his poor performance on Sunday in Green Bay, but it was a detriment to the Giants’ playoff run.“I think it did a great job at creating distractions for us,” Beckham conceded after Sunday's loss. “And it’s unfortunate. That is just the way this world is. There is just no way you can connect something that happened seven days ago to [Sunday].”Beckham finished his playoff debut with four catches for 28 yards on 11 targets.