Odell Beckham Jr. is not going anywhere.
“We didn’t sign him to trade him, if that’s what you’re asking,’’ general manager Dave Gettleman said Wednesday.
So, this means Beckham will be back with the Giants in 2019?
“You heard what I said,’’ Gettleman said.
For some reason, trading Beckham surfaced again as a narrative after the Giants finished 5-11. The Giants gave him a five-year extension worth up to $95 million, knowing what a difference-maker he is as a wide receiver opposing defenses must account for on every play. Beckham missed the final four games dealing with a quad injury.
“The bottom line is: You want him on the field,’’ Gettleman said. “I have this crazy idea, he’s a great player, so let’s get him on the field. The offense did what it did with him and did what it did without him.’’
Gettleman said he was stunned when informed the Giants scored the most points in the NFC East. He was not at all surprised the Giants also allowed the most points in the division. He pinpointed defense as the chief failing this season.
“That’s why you’re 5-11,’’ Gettleman said. “We’ve got to continue to improve. It’s tough, it’s not easy to win games when you do not have playmakers. We need to improve the defense, guys. Just like I looked you right in the eye last year and told you we got to fix this O-line. We’ve got to get better on the defensive side.’’
Gettleman called rookie QB Kyle Lauletta’s arrest for several traffic violations, “Something silly in Hoboken or Fort Lee or wherever the hell it was. Weehawken, did something silly there. He’s developing. He’s like anybody else. He’s a kid. I’m a kid, we make mistakes, all right? None of us are perfect. Hopefully we learn. Kyle’s a work in progress, just like me.’’
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Pat Shurmur acknowledged Wednesday on WFAN that he is close with Vikings offensive coordinator Kevin Stefanski but denied he is trying to add him to his staff.
“I’m super happy with the job [offensive coordinator] Mike [Shula] did,’’ Shurmur said. “I’ll keep an eye open to see where [Stefanski] ends up.’’
The Giants signed nine players to reserve/future contracts. Five were on the practice squad at the end of the season: DE Myles Humphrey (Shepherd University), RB Robert Martin (Rutgers), OT Victor Salako (Oklahoma State), OT Jylan Ware (Alabama State), and DB Ronald Zamort (Western Michigan). The four newcomers are LB Jonathan Anderson (TCU), DE Jake Ceresna (Cortland State), WR Brittan Golden (West Texas A&M) and long snapper Taybor Pepper (Michigan State).