An injured thumb isn’t affecting Odell Beckham Jr., this after the New York Giants star wide receiver had two drops this past Sunday in a home win over the Dallas Cowboys.
Beckham had four catches for 94 yards and the Giants’ lone touchdown in the Week 14 win but the two dropped passes were uncharacteristic of a player who made his legend on a one-handed catch. His thumb injury is surely a part of the issue and he said that it is affecting him, even as he fights through the pain.
“It’s only when there’s contact or I try and grab someone. It’s not like it’s a regular finger, it’s your thumb,” Beckham said on Wednesday. “It’s the most important one you have. It’s definitely difficult but I’ve dealt with it before and I’m sure it will happen again. You just have to play through it and rub some dirt on it.”
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Beckham said that leading up to the Giants game this week against the Detroit Lions, he’s trying to keep the thumb as healthy as possible while still getting ready. There appears to be some limitations in what he is able to do on the field.
He also admits that it impacts the way he catches the ball.
“Yes, you look at it differently. You try and find the spiral and just place your hands around it the best way you can without having to go through that contact,” Beckham said. “It’s something that crosses your mind but certain times it crosses your mind more than others when you’re going to make a catch.”