"I don't know if I'm necessarily liked anywhere, really," Beckham said Wednesday when asked if there was any lingering resentment among the Dallas Cowboys following his celebrated one-handed catch. "It just is what it is when we're on the field; off the field, there's no hard feelings for me anywhere. At the end of the day, it's football.
"I can't control who resents, likes, doesn't like, in a sense. We just go out there, handle our business, play football and keep it moving from there."
Beckham, 23, is set to start his third professional season with a matchup Sunday afternoon against the Cowboys and cornerback Brandon Carr, who was on the wrong end of Beckham's famous, behind-the-ear grab two years ago.
Two of Beckham's three least productive games last season actually came against Carr, with the Cowboys limiting the Pro Bowl receiver to nine catches for 79 yards in the two meetings.
"It just happened that way," Beckham said. "First game last year was in Dallas' stadium and, like I said, we really didn't hit the ground running. It was kind of lackadaisical and we were going through the motions. Make sure this year we hit it and get it right."
Whenever Beckham takes the field, all eyes are on the electric receiver. He's eccentric, flashy and talented. He makes one-handed grabs, plans elaborate touchdown dances and holds an extended, one-handed catch session during warm-ups.
Does it make him a villain?
"I don't know. You tell me," Beckham said. "Could be that way, couldn't be that way, I don't know. I'm more focused on this year and accomplishing the goals that we have set out -- winning games."
But Beckham thinks differently in regards to why those perceptions exist.
"Because of this," he said, flashing a grin from ear to ear. "I don't know. I have fun. I'm myself at all times and I don't think it's necessarily liked all the time, unless you're on my side. I can't really control that. Like I said, I can't control who likes, doesn't like me. It's football at this point."
Beckham does have his backers. He's popular in the locker room and is developing into a respected leader among his Giants teammates. He has also built a stable of NFL friends, including Miami's Jarvis Landry, Cincinnati's Jeremy Hill, Arizona's Patrick Peterson and Tyrann Mathieu, Dallas cornerback Morris Claiborne, Pittsburgh's Antonio Brown, Minnesota's Teddy Bridgewater and seemingly anyone else with LSU ties.