A day after taking a swipe at WR Odell Beckham Jr., Giants co-owner John Mara said that despite all the drama, he still has trust in his $95 million man.
"Listen, I think he wants to win," Mara told Newsday after Wednesday's NFL owners meetings in Manhattan. "He wants the same things that we want. He's a work in progress, but I still believe in him."
Mara on Tuesday was blunt when speaking about Beckham and the wide out's recent controversial ESPN interview, saying "I think he needs to do a little more playing and a little less talking."
But that doesn't mean a chat between the two isn't in the works.
"I will [talk to Beckham] at some point," Mara said, per Newsday. "I've had a number of those conversations with him in the past, but at some point, I'll probably sit down with him."
Beckham has taken heat for saying "I don't know" when asked by ESPN's Josina Anderson if Eli Manning was a problem for the team at quarterback. Beckham, who sat alongside rapper Lil Wayne during the interview, was also reluctant to say he was happy in New York, adding he felt he was getting "outschemed."
Mara said Tuesday that he hasn't spoken to Beckham since the interview aired before Week 5, saying "I think enough people have spoken to him."
But Mara seemed to be in a more forgiving mood Wednesday. When asked if he believes things will calm down between Beckham and the Giants, Mara replied, "Yes, I do." (Newsday)
"Because I'm an optimist," he added.
The team reportedly fined Beckham for the comments, which he apologized for among his teammates. However, he said recently that while some of what he said may have been taken the wrong way, he won't apologize for sharing his feelings.
"If I feel bad for anything, I feel bad for one that people have to answer questions about it and not knowing my true intention or where my heart is in the message," Beckham said on his Facebook series, UNINTERRUPTED. "I feel bad that the message was -- I won't even put it on someone else, not taken wrongly -- but the message was perceived wrong."
The 25-year-old Beckham has 45 catches for 506 yards and a touchdown this season. He is averaging a career-low 11.2 yards per catch, and his longest reception through Week 6 has been just 33 yards.