Odell Beckham Jr. may not be able to catch touchdown passes this season. Instead he’s throwing them.
Beckham threw a touchdown pass Sunday against the Carolina Panthers, the first of his career. He was thrown the ball by quarterback Eli Manning behind the line of scrimmage on the left side and threw back across the field to running back Saquon Barkley with a defender in his face midway through the second quarter. Barkley’s first career receiving touchdown went for 57 yards, and came from Beckham instead of Manning.
This was Beckham’s second career pass attempt. He also threw a pass during his rookie season.
Earlier in the game, Manning rolled right and threw to an open Beckham near the right sideline. The ball was thrown behind Beckham, who had to reach back and make a leaping one-handed grab for a gain of 13 and a first down.
All eyes are on Beckham after his comments about Manning in an interview with ESPN's Josina Anderson last week.
Manning has been Beckham's starting quarterback ever since he entered the league in 2014. The two have combined for 38 touchdowns, tied for sixth among active quarterback-wide receiver duos entering Sunday, but they haven't connected for a touchdown this season.
"I don't know," Beckham said when asked if there was an issue at quarterback. "Like I said, I feel like he's not going to get out the pocket. He's not -- we know Eli's not running it. But is it a matter of time issue? Can he still throw it, yeah, but it's been pretty safe and it's been, you know ... cool catching shallow [routes] and trying to take it to the house. But I'm, you know, I want to go over the top of somebody."