EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- The spectacular, one-handed catch that put Odell Beckham Jr. on the map as a rookie is now commonplace -- and really, just as spectacular as ever. During training camp practices, he warms up by catching passes one-handed; he fields punts one-handed; and occasionally he makes ridiculous, incredible, one-handed catches in team drills, too.
He did it again on Monday, making a leaping, one-handed, backhanded grab over Giants cornerback Janoris Jenkins -- very similar to one he made on Sunday, too. The crowd roared as it does with just about everything Beckham does.
But as usual, Giants coach Ben McAdoo did not appear entertained or amused.
"I like two hands on the ball better than one," McAdoo said. "I like completions better than incompletions."
That wasn't a scolding from the coach as much as it was a reminder to the Giants' star receiver that thrilling a crowd is nice, but the fundamentals that lead to actual victories are even better. Beckham has made some spectacular catches in games, but also last season he dropped far too many catchable passes.
And to be fair, Beckham seems to know what he's supposed to do.
"You're supposed to catch the ball with two hands, obviously. I know that as well," he said. "Sometimes it just happens. If you catch it, hey, great play. But (the coaches) will definitely still sit there and be like, 'Use two hands.'"
Of course, sometimes the whole thing is staged -- not that it makes the catch any easier. On Monday, Beckham admitted he told his teammates he planned to make a one-handed grab before he went out and did just that. As for the one on Sunday, that seemed more of an instinctive reaction than anything else.
"I told the receivers in the (film) room, 'I don't know what happened. I just kind of clicked out,'" Beckham said. "I'm in a different place right now and (Eli Manning) threw the ball and I was like, 'I've seen this before.' It felt like it was a dream just to be able to have that confidence and come down with those plays."
Beckham said that after the one on Sunday he "jogged back slow" to avoid the wrath of his coaches, so "they can maybe forget about it and go on to the next play." Overall, though, he doesn't want to make one-handed grabs a habit. His goal is to just "get the job done, however you can."
"I'm not trying to teach the kids out here to use one hand," Beckham said. "I was taught growing up to use two hands. … (But) if I've got to fight and scrap for (the ball), whatever I've got to do to come up with it, it just has got to be mine. There's just no other way to put it."