It Doesn't Really Matter, But It Does Seem Odd That Odell Beckham Skipped OTA's To Kick It With Johnny Manziel
TMZ- Johnny Manziel recruited one of the best receivers in the league this week to help with his NFL comeback -- Odell Beckham!!
We're told Manziel and OBJ hit the gridiron for some passing drills while hanging with Odell's custom cleat artist, Kickasso ... and we're told the ex-Browns QB was firing the ball around -- lookin' like Johnny Football again.
Odell -- and few other receivers -- ran routes while Manziel threw them passes. Word is his arm looked strong, and his feet looked fast.
Look, I'm not going to pretend to care that Odell Beckham skipped some optional workouts to play catch with an unemployed "quarterback" who is apparently now marketing his (former?) addiction by rocking a "#LostInTheSauce" hat. I don't know why he would do so when he's already a lightning rod for controversy, but it's probably because Odell simply isn't being true to himself if he's not making news somehow. The idea that an NFL player's attendance at OTA's is discretionary is more in name than it usually is in practice, but I'm not going to kill the guy for getting started off on the wrong foot when that's exactly where he left off last season. I may question why he would prioritize some personal time with someone who has basically been ostracized (and rightfully so) from the same league that employs him, but what Odell Beckham wants to do on (what is technically) his own time is of no concern to me.
I just don't need these "scouting reports" that read like the Giants' superstar wideout is doing anything other than casually tossing the pigskin around the yard with a 24 year old has-been. His feet look fast and his arm looked strong? Really? That might be a fine standard to go if we were comparing "Johnny Football" to the Johnny Manziel that was stumbling drunk around the Caribbean looking like he was on a strict diet of blow and rabbit food. However, it's not exactly the most ringing endorsement of someone that's looking to transition from rehab to an NFL locker room. Like, let's not get duped into believing that Odell Beckham is playing sponsor to a guy who still has a long way to go to get back to the life he drank and snorted away. It's pretty clear he's just relaxing somewhere sunny with his shoe designer and some bum whose incessant attention seeking he can wholeheartedly relate to. There's nothing wrong with that, but it's certainly not going to help Giants' fans forget about what happened in Green Bay.