Shaquille O'Neal was so dominant at basketball in his day that, sometimes, teams would just give up trying to defend him and voluntarily force him to the free throw line all game. The tactic was soon branded "Hack-A-Shaq".
In a different sport, Giants dominant WR Odell Beckham understands the treatment. The explosive receiver twice forced blatant defensive pass interference calls against the Jaguars, potentially saving touchdowns but giving the Giants first downs. Bechkam compared it to what O'Neal had to deal with.
"Like 'Hack-A-Shaq?' That's fine," Beckham said Thursday. "It's a first down for us. It keeps the drive going. Of course I want to catch those passes, but you get to keep the drive going. Then, it's just about capitalizing on those mistakes that they make. At the end of the day, it's all about putting points on the board."
Obviously Beckham would prefer to score touchdowns, but he wants to do whatever he can to help the team be successful.
"Well, I do want to get into the end zone so that way it gives energy and I can bring that energy forward, but if I can't, I'm going to try to bring it any other way that I possibly can," Beckham said.
In his return to NFL action for the first time since the first half of the 2017 season, Beckham caught 11 passes for 111 yards. He led the team with 15 targets, eight more than any other Giant.
"I'm not going to lie, I was sore after the game," Beckham said. "First time in, whatever how many days it was, 300 something, getting hit out there. I felt good to make it out, but I was feeling it. I was feeling it the Monday after. We're here healthy, get back in and do your rehab, and get ready for this week."