Eli Manning says Odell Beckham Jr. must ‘raise his level’

New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning said that star wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. must “raise his level” going forward, according to Jordan Raanan of The Newark Star-Ledger.

“We definitely need some guys to step up in that category,” Manning said. “Odell has obviously done great things, but we need him to raise his level as well.”

Interesting choice of words from Manning, considering how Beckham has been the Giants’ most consistent contributor on offense in his first two seasons. Over that stretch, he has 187 catches for 2,755 yards and 25 touchdowns, with his yardage being an NFL record for a player over the first two seasons of their career.

To give a better idea, Beckham led the Giants with 1,450 receiving yards last season and second behind him was Reuben Randle with 797 yards, and Randle has since departed for the Philadelphia Eagles via free agency.

That said, Manning should step back and actually realize that Beckham isn’t the issue with the Giants. Rather, it’s the lack of talent around the star receiver.

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