Failing to catch a touchdown in the first four games of the season hasn't frustrated Odell Beckham Jr. of the New York Giants.
Failing to catch a touchdown in the first four games of the season hasn't frustrated Odell Beckham Jr. of the New York Giants.in Diskussionen Allgemein über die Kryptowelt 16.11.2018 04:03
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The NFL's highest-paid receiver laughs when any form of the word frustration is used to ask about not getting into the end zone.His response is don't worry. The TDs will come. It's just a matter of time.The problem for the Giants (1-3) is they need something to happen soon. This weekend on the road against the Carolina Panthers (2-1) would be timely."It's just about when you catch fire [url=http://www.49erscheapshops.com/cheap-authentic-brock-coyle-jersey]49ers Brock Coyle Jersey[/url] ," Beckham said Thursday. "But there does need to be a sense of urgency to play better, do better, execute, win games, but there's definitely not a panic in my mind, in my body, soul, my heart. I'm not panicking."Beckham, who signed a five-year, $95 million contract extension in training camp, is having a good season coming off a broken ankle that limited him to four games last season. He leads the team with 31 catches for 331 yards, a 10.7 yard average. The only thing absent from his statistics is the touchdowns, and there is a good reason for that.Opposing teams are doubling him more often than not, and they are playing a lot of two-deep zone to prevent him from going deep.That's what Panthers coach Ron Rivera saw when he watched film of the Giants' offense."I do see where people most certainly are paying attention to where Odell Beckham is lined up, that's for dog-gone sure," Rivera said. "That makes a lot of sense to me."The Giants also have been without tight end Evan Engram since he sprained a knee in Week 3 at Houston. He helps open things up for the other receivers.Beckham said in a recent game the Giants got into the red zone and set up for a passing play. He looked up and saw a nickel cornerback covering him with a safety offering help over the top and a linebacker shading in his direction."So I joked with everybody, I was like: 'You know that I'm coming back off the ankle surgery,'" Beckham said. "I'm thinking maybe I'll get a chance, you have to prove yourself, and it's like they just jumped right back into what they were doing last year, doubling up and doing those things. We just have to find ways to get around that."The Giants have struggled to score points. They have been held to 15, 13 and 18 in losses to the Jaguars, Cowboys and Saints. They beat Houston 27-22 in their best game offensive, although they were held to seven points in the second half.What's been missing has been the big play. New York has nine passes of 20 or more yards and only two at 30 or better.Beckham's long was a 30-yarder against Houston. The running game is similar. The Giants have nine runs of 20 or more yards, with Saquon Barkley having eight of them, the long being a 68-yarder against Jacksonville. It's the only run over 30 yards.Offensive coordinator Mike Shula, who was the Panthers coordinator last season [url=http://www.49erscheapshops.com/cheap-authentic-k_waun-williams-jersey]http://www.49erscheapshops.com/cheap-authentic-k_waun-williams-jersey[/url] , said the Giants aren't going to start forcing passes to Beckham, who had 38 touchdown catches in his first four seasons, the last being a four-game run."I think he's very talented," Shula said of Beckham. "He's going to get the ball. He's going to get us in the end zone. He's going to get in the end zone. More importantly, we need to score more, however we do it. Whether or not it's Odell, or Saquon, whoever it is. We just need to get down there number one, and finish drives."Beckham said the offense has just made too many mistakes. They move the chains on drives and then allow a sack or commit a penalty that puts them in second or third-and-long. It's a no-win situation.In the three losses, the Giants have gotten into the red zone six times, scoring three touchdowns. That's not enough for either the number of trips or the TDs.Beckham believes he will step up."I don't feel like I've been stopped, no disrespect to anybody, but I don't feel like I can be covered," he said. "I am just very confident in me, I've worked an entire offseason to be able to bring the best me to this team and I just want to be able to do that."NOTES: CB Eli Apple (hamstring) practiced fully for the first time since being hurt against Dallas on Sept. 16. ... LB Olivier Vernon (ankle) was limited. He has not played in a game this season. ... New York signed WR Quadree Henderson to the practice squad. He is a rookie out of Pittsburgh. The Kansas City Chiefs break huddle and line up in a traditional formation: Patrick Mahomes settles under center, Kareem Hunt is in the backfield, tight end Travis Kelce joins wide receiver Sammy Watkins on the right side, and Tyreek Hill and Demarcus Robinson head to the left.Then, from a defensive perspective, all hell breaks loose.Mahomes is suddenly dropping into the shotgun, careful he doesn't run into Hunt, who has moved from the left side to the right. Hill has run all the way across the field and lined up on the right, just as Kelce has raced in the other direction to line up on the left.The defense thought it had everyone covered. Now, mismatches abound as linebackers try to cover Kelce and safeties are forced to match up with the Chiefs' speedy wide receivers.That play against Pittsburgh a couple weeks ago wasn't just a gimmick. That's standard stuff in the Chiefs' basic offense, a seemingly seamless melding of Andy Reid's old-school West Coast system and the new-school spread offenses that have changed the college game."That play calling was something I've never seen before," said Jacksonville safety Tashaun Gipson, whose top-ranked defense was torched in a 30-14 loss at Arrowhead Stadium last Sunday."I've played Andy Reid [url=http://www.the49ersfootballauthentic.com/kyle-juszczyk-jersey-authentic]http://www.the49ersfootballauthentic.com/kyle-juszczyk-jersey-authentic[/url] , and maybe it was the Browns or it was Jacksonville 2016, and he didn't pull out all the stops," Gipson said. "But this game plan, man, and I can't say it enough — and again, I'm not trying to discredit any guys over there — but I've never seen a team do that to us consistently."In fact, Gipson said, "they had their way with us all game."They've had their way with just about everybody the first five weeks, piling up a franchise-record 175 points. Mahomes has already thrown for 1,513 yards, shattering the Chiefs mark for five games, and a 300-yard passing game at New England on Sunday would give him a team-record five straight.Kansas City (5-0) has scored at least 30 points in each of its games."If you try to play zone coverage against them, they've got the guys to beat zone. They have the guys to beat man. So you have to pick your poison," Gipson said. "We came here with all this hype, talking about how good we are as a defense, myself included, and we got drug out there. Straight drug."What the Chiefs are doing this season is hardly a flash-in-the-pan attack, though. It's the culmination of years of tinkering, beginning with Brad Childress' work as "spread game analyst" and incorporating bits of the college-style spread attack to what the Chiefs were doing last season.But while Alex Smith could pull off run-pass options, or do things in the quarterback-run game, it wasn't a perfect fit. That came when Mahomes took over as the starter this season.Mahomes is a product of the Air Raid system, basically a spread offense on steroids. He is accustomed to a flood of targets all over the field, quickly identifying where the matchup problems give the offense an advantage, and delivering the ball so that his playmakers can make things happen.Plus, Mahomes has the arm strength to make any throw on the field."He's not afraid to let it loose," Broncos offensive coordinator Bill Musgrave said. "When you have the arm strength that he has, he can fit the ball into those small windows."Most of the time [url=http://www.49erscheapstore.com/kyle-juszczyk-jersey-cheap]http://www.49erscheapstore.com/kyle-juszczyk-jersey-cheap[/url] , though, the Chiefs are able to give him garage doors.That's because they have the personnel to make all those creative formations work. Kelce is athletic enough to line up anywhere on the field, Hunt has excellent hands for a running back, and Hill and Watkins have the speed to beat anyone in a one-on-one matchup.So, for example, the Chiefs can line up without anyone in the backfield, forcing defenses to change their personnel and alignment. Then the motion games begin, and Kelce or Hill or someone else could end up in the backfield, creating confusion and mismatches."There's not much we can do once we make our call and (Mahomes) comes out in his formation," Broncos coach Vance Joseph said. "Once he goes empty, he knows what he's got. That makes it tough."Or downright impossible, it sometimes seems."Watching Andy for a long time, he always has some neat, cool things," 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan said. "I don't know where they come from. He's in there looking up a lot of stuff because they do some unusual things. Sometimes I'm predicting it came from a high school team, maybe a college team. They know how to spread the field. They know how to run all those jet sweeps and do all the RPOs."Shanahan said the foundation remains the West Coast offense, and the Chiefs are still capable of beating teams with basic stuff. Just look at how they've put away games late in the fourth quarter, when they've leaned on Hunt and some old-fashioned, smash-mouth football.But none of that catches people's attention like the flashy stuff."Over these last four years or so, they've really added an element of the misdirection and stuff. It's been an issue, not just because of the plays, but the people with the plays," Shanahan said. "They have the speed at every angle to run those things and really put defenses in a bind."NOTES: SS Eric Berry (heel), FS Eric Murray (ankle) and OLBs Justin Houston (hamstring) and Tanoh Kpassagnon (ankle) remained out of practice Thursday. RB Spencer Ware was out for a personal matter.
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