New York Giantsfirst-yearHead Coach Ben McAdoo vehemently refuted a SBN Report by Thomas George stating WR Odell Beckham Jr. has been notified by two Giants coaches that another on-field incident would lead to his benching. “That’s the first I’ve heard of it and those words did not come out of my mouth [to any of his coaching staff],” McAdoo told WFANradio host Mike Francesa during his regular Thursday afternoon spot.

Need to eliminate turnovers and penalties

In a sometimes contentious interview, during which Francesa expressed his displeasure in how the team and the coach were handling the talented but emotionally volatile star player, McAdoo repeatedly stated Beckham was not the reason the team is in the midst of a two-game losing streak.

“We need to eliminate the turnovers and the penalties,” McAdoo said when asked if Beckham’s on-field behavior, which has led to 15-yard personal foul penalties in each of the past two games, was contributing to the team’s recentpoor performance.

Beckham has “become a distraction”

When pressed by Francesa repeatedly on the issue, including the recent quoted by former Giants Head Coach Tom Coughlin stating Beckham has “become a distraction,” and offered to speak with his former player on behalf of the team, McAdoo denied any knowledge of his former boss’ comments. “I don’t pay attention to any of that stuff,” a calm McAdoo told Francessa. “Well, obviously a lot of people have opinions.”

I have this young man’s back

Francesa noted Beckham has been targeted 39 timed through four games this season, four more than Julio Jones(35) and five fewer than Antonio Brown (44).

Additionally, Beckham has zero touchdowns, despite dropping two passes at or near the end zone that would likely have resulted in scores. Asked if he has discussed his frustrations with Beckham, McAdoo told Francesa: “All those discussions between Odell and myself stay private. I support this young man.

I have this young man’s back.”

There’s a lot of stuff out there

When Francesa mentioned a recent report in Sports Illustrated from Annie Apple- the mother of Giants teammate Eli Apple- that Beckham screams at fans in the stands during a game, “There’s a lot of stuff out there being said and written,” McAdoo said.

“I don’t pay attention to it.”

“We have a short week coming up and we are focused on the Green Bay Packers,” the first-year head coach said before moving on to discuss Sunday night’s game in Green Bay, Wisc. The Giants (2-2) play the Packers (2-1) Sunday ar 8:20pm on NBC’s Sunday Night Football.

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