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Odell Beckham: Attacking Eagles’ depleted secondary ‘wasn’t in our game plan’

Odell Beckham: Attacking Eagles’ depleted secondary ‘wasn’t in our game plan’

The New York Giants blew a 16-point first-half lead and were unable to exploit a decimated Philadelphia Eagles secondary in the second half of a 25-22 loss at Lincoln Financial Field.

It left star wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. without answers for why the Giants managed just 61 yards on 12 pass attempts in the second half.cheap nike nfl jerseys china

“Honestly, that is a question for Coach [Giants coach Pat Shurmur],” Beckham said after finishing with five catches on nine targets for 85 yards. “That is not really my kind of question. I don’t call the plays. I just do what I’m told to do and go out there and execute. Whenever I get an opportunity to do something, I try to make the most of it. If I don’t have that many opportunities all I can do is do what I can when I do have an opportunity. That is more a question for Coach.

“Coming in, knowing that they’ve struggled in the secondary, personally, I would’ve loved to attack them. But it wasn’t in our game plan.”1

The Eagles’ secondary was depleted by injuries. Four of the Eagles’ top five corners did not dress. The only one who did, Rasul Douglas, did not practice all week and was used sparingly.

The three primary corners for Sunday’s game — Cre’von LeBlanc, De’Vante Bausby and undrafted rookie Chandon Sullivan — weren’t on the Eagles’ active roster as of a month ago. Only LeBlanc had started an NFL game before Sunday.

It didn’t help that Beckham needed another IV after cramping up during warm-ups before the second half. He missed the opening drive, a three-and-out. The Giants then wanted to spell rookie running back Saquon Barkley on the second drive.

Shurmur pointed to other reasons why the offense suddenly stalled. He insisted he wasn’t frustrated that they failed to exploit the Eagles’ secondary more.cheap nfl nike jerseys china

“I’m not frustrated. We could have,” Shurmur said. “I just mentioned it. It was the story of the second half, especially early. We weren’t making the yards that we need on the plays that we called. And we had penalties that knocked us off. So then you get away from the stuff that you certainly would like to do. And that’s the deal.”