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Cory's Corner: History resides with Odell Beckham

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Cory's Corner: History resides with Odell Beckham

While everyone has been talking about Odell Beckham Jr.’s unintelligent decision making, people are forgetting about history.

Through four games last year, he had 24 receptions, 307 receiving yards and two touchdowns. This year, the third-year pro has 303 yards on 22 receptions and no touchdowns.

His buffoonery has been well documented. He doesn’t get it. He has compared himself to Lawrence Taylor, even though defensive players need to be wired differently from offensive players. Defensive players must play with and feed off of emotion, while offensive players must play with intelligence and walk the tight rope of poise.

Even if Damarious Randall is filling Beckham’s ears with wheelbarrows of trash talk, this is the fifth game. That’s when he seemed to find it last year by torching the San Francisco secondary for 121 yards and a touchdown.

Ever since Sam Shields went down with a concussion in Week 1, the secondary has lacked a veteran voice. And in Weeks 2 and 3, the Packers gave up a combined 387 yards to No. 1 receivers Stefon Diggs and Marvin Jones.

Randall is being asked to do something that he isn’t capable of doing. He wasn’t brought here to be a shut-down corner. Right now, he’s treading in the Atlantic Ocean without a life raft.

And what’s worse is that Beckham’s talent is light years better than Diggs and Jones, which is scary. Even with an invisible running game, Eli Manning is a major threat if Nick Perry and Clay Mathews cannot force him out of the pocket.

In three career games at Lambeau Field, Manning has thrown for 882 yards, five touchdowns and five interceptions. Manning will give the Packers’ secondary some chances, but will Morgan Burnett, Quinten Rollins, Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, Micah Hyde or LaDarius Gunter grab their first pick of the season?

But this game will be about stopping Beckham. After watching video from the last two weeks, Manning should give Beckham at least 14 targets. First of all, because he will win any one-on-one matchup the Packers throw at him. And secondly, to cool his emotional fire after getting thrown under the bus by his quarterback following the Giants’ beatdown in Minnesota.

Beckham is going to explode eventually. History tells us that it’s the fifth game. Let’s hope that Randall is an under-your-skin savant or else Beckham will get comfortable by running past the secondary all night long.

It may sound cheap to resort to such tactics, but if Beckham is going to lay down the welcome mat in terms of how to beat him, then by all means, use it. Remember, he became unglued on a kicking net, which, by the way, hit him pretty good on the head.

Beckham is easily a top 5 wideout, but his mind and actions will continually hold him back.

Then again, it is the fifth game. 


Cory Jennerjohn is a graduate from UW-Oshkosh and has been in sports media for over 15 years. He was a co-host on "Clubhouse Live" and has also done various radio and TV work as well. He has written for newspapers, magazines and websites. He currently is a columnist for CHTV and also does various podcasts. He recently earned his Masters degree from the University of Iowa. He can be found on Twitter: @Coryjennerjohn

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marpag1's picture

Um... as far as I can see NOBODY is forgetting about his history.

The notion that he will explode because it is the fifth game is silly and ridiculous.

EdsLaces's picture

21.....we need ya this week buddy..

stockholder's picture

Nothing to worry about. Take away the quick slants.! He can't handle pressure and needs the other WRs to catch too. At 6 foot he's not mega-tron. Most of his yards are after the catch. Give him the sideline. And a cheap shot or two for frustration. But don't talk trash to him. Gang tackle whenever possible.

Since '61's picture

Play him physically. Hit him early and often at the LOS. Put Brice or Fackrell over him at the LOS just to hit him, then turn him over to a CB if he's not on the ground. Frustrate him and let him throw himself out of the game. if we don't he will rise to the occasion of playing on national TV and will be a problem all game. Capers needs to have a plan to consistently get to Eli. Our best defense may be for our offense to maintain possession as long as possible. Go Pack Go! Thanks, Since '61

Packersxiii's picture

Yes we have to respect Beckhams talent , and quite frankly Randall is going to have to " Learn How To Swim " in the atlantic till help arrives. That being said, getting to Eli is paramount. They have a depleted running game , {is Jennings 100% he missed last week} and we have to get to Eli through MARSHALL NEWHOUSES { remember him} backup. Up front inside pressure, Eli is a tree with no lateral movement. Limit his progressions!!!

ray nichkee's picture

I'm sick of hearing about this clown. It seems everyone is hyping this up way too much. I can't listen to a radio show without constant reminders of his nehavior. I can't wait for this to pass. I woudn't mind seeing some highlights (hopefully not at GB) but everything is about his childish acts lately.

Tundraboy's picture

Have to keep moving the ball, minimal 3 and outs. Must score a lot and keep D fresh. If we have leads D will make difference in the end.

croatpackfan's picture

Lets give him 300 yards and 3 TD. And keep Giants on that. Nothing else. No Cruz, no Shepard. I bet Aaron and Eddie can put 5 to 6 TD over Giants...

Lphill's picture

Let him get 121 and a touchdown as long as Jordy and Cobb and maybe Adams get the same.

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