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Is OBJ stepping out of bounds too easily?

Don in DC : 9/13/2018 5:48 pm
Obviously I recognize the outstanding talent that OBJ represents. However, there were several times during this past Sunday's game where OBJ had the ball in his hands and it appeared possible that he could try to turn upfield and gain some potentially significant additional yards, but instead he simply stepped out of bounds.

It seems to me that he looks like he is wary of contact and erring on the side of self-preservation as a result of his recent injury.

My imagination, or did anyone else notice this?
First game back after missing the season  
Chip : 9/13/2018 5:54 pm : link
and playing no preseason snaps. Lets see what happens as the season goes but yes to your question. We saw what happened when he was not in the lineup.
come on Don what he did was smart each time there  
gtt350 : 9/13/2018 5:58 pm : link
were three guys right there to tackle him
meh  
Leg of Theismann : 9/13/2018 6:00 pm : link
He had 11 catches for 111 yards and drew 2 defensive penalties. I'm not complaining. Honestly if he's going to catch 100 balls a season for the next 6 years and we're paying him $20M a year I don't mind him avoiding hits when he can. As long as it doesn't prevent a first down or TD I'm okay with it.
Nah  
David B. : 9/13/2018 6:00 pm : link
He should be taking big, unnecessary hits.
Nope  
kelsto811 : 9/13/2018 6:17 pm : link
But this did remind me of some frustration i had during the game. He kept going sideways rather than forward, even in spots where he had a chance to burst through for extra yards. That kind of bothered me but I do trust the guys judgement. No reason to take an unnecessary hit if you can't turn it into something big
Each time that happened,  
DonQuixote : 9/13/2018 6:34 pm : link
I thought he had no chance of getting more yards.

He was plenty physical in the middle of the field.
No he did the same pre-inury  
USAF NYG Fan : 9/13/2018 6:42 pm : link
and it's a good thing. He sees when he's not going to get much, if any, yards and either goes to the ground or steps out of bounds. He has a target on his back. I'm not kidding. He SHOULD NOT look for contact. He makes moves until he knows he's out of moves.

That's exactly what I want to see him do too.
Good observation if true,  
TMS : 9/13/2018 6:46 pm : link
and can see a ball receiver trying to avoid a late hit after a reception. Nasty game football and OBJ takes a lot of illegal late hits that are never called. The Refs; job not yours. it happens on both sides of the ball. OBJ is not the biggest guy, but his desire and heart are as big as anyones, Opposing defenses want him hurt and out period. Get real.
Smart guy  
crick n NC : 9/13/2018 6:51 pm : link
OBJ
When he does fake going ob  
mattlawson : 9/13/2018 6:52 pm : link
And takes it to the house in the playoffs Ill remind us of this post. #longcon
I do feel like there was one play  
mfsd : 9/13/2018 6:55 pm : link
where he cut out of bounds about 3 yards short of the 1st down marker

But in general I agree with the crowd...I'd rather he make good business decisions to stay on the field than to take shots to the head, ribs and legs fighting for an extra yard.

He is who he is - All-Pro talent, but not a Plaxico sized guy who should be playing that way
Imagination...  
Jimmy Googs : 9/13/2018 6:57 pm : link
is that what you call it?
Each time he ran out of bounds  
eclipz928 : 9/13/2018 7:03 pm : link
I thought it was the right decision. This is the NFL - you may make one guy miss you near the sidelines, but you won't likely make two guys miss you. No reason to take any unnecessary abuse unless it means preventing the team from having to punt the ball.

And besides that, probably more often than anyone Odell catches the ball in traffic going across the middle of the field - never seen him short arm it. I have no questions about his toughness or willingness to take a hit.
He is stepping out.  
section125 : 9/13/2018 7:04 pm : link
So what. He is 198 lbs, not 230. He is lethal with speed not power.

Keep him healthy.
It's cool to have an observation  
Ten Ton Hammer : 9/13/2018 7:06 pm : link
But what would you say is the value of this? Do you want him to take more hits?
oh, for fucks sake  
speedywheels : 9/13/2018 7:07 pm : link
He should take unnecessary shots for a few yards?
He should truck defenders like Brandon Jacobs  
Coach Red Beaulieu : 9/13/2018 7:17 pm : link
Don't you know who I am, I'm the Juggernaut bish!
LOL  
ZogZerg : 9/13/2018 7:19 pm : link
..
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arcarsenal : 9/13/2018 7:25 pm : link
I'm sure the Giants noticed this as well and are probably wondering if they made the right decision in giving him that contract. Pretty big red flag, IMO...
RE: .  
crick n NC : 9/13/2018 7:27 pm : link
In comment 14074305 arcarsenal said:
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I'm sure the Giants noticed this as well and are probably wondering if they made the right decision in giving him that contract. Pretty big red flag, IMO...


FACT
I know there's this idea that you should go for EVERY yard,  
81_Great_Dane : 9/13/2018 7:27 pm : link
and NEVER CONCEDE ANYTHING. Jim Brown didn't like Franco Harris because Harris would run out of bounds, avoiding extra contact. That idea is ingrained in football.

But in today's NFL that just isn't practical. You have to choose your spots, and there aren't many spots where it makes sense to take that kind of punishment.

Plus: If you invite those hits you also increase the chance for a fumble. It's smart sometimes to take the yards, limit the hits on you, and protect the ball.
.  
crick n NC : 9/13/2018 7:30 pm : link
He..  
FatMan in Charlotte : 9/13/2018 7:34 pm : link
had a bet with Landry that he could stay off of Sportscenter....
Huh?  
Marty866b : 9/13/2018 7:41 pm : link
Stepping out of bounds too easily? Really?
Yes  
ArlingtonMike : 9/13/2018 7:47 pm : link
He needs to take more advantage of these 1 on 4 situations.
JFC...  
SFGFNCGiantsFan : 9/13/2018 7:48 pm : link
...
Bro............................  
Bchurch : 9/13/2018 8:11 pm : link
Really??
Hes uncoverable...  
trueblueinpw : 9/13/2018 8:12 pm : link
Sit back, watch and enjoy the show. The young man is ridiculously good at his job. You can trust that he knows what hes doing.
RE: meh  
chuckydee9 : 9/13/2018 8:17 pm : link
In comment 14074245 Leg of Theismann said:
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He had 11 catches for 111 yards and drew 2 defensive penalties. I'm not complaining. Honestly if he's going to catch 100 balls a season for the next 6 years and we're paying him $20M a year I don't mind him avoiding hits when he can. As long as it doesn't prevent a first down or TD I'm okay with it.


all that while facing top 5 CB.. other than Brown there isn't a wr who can beat Jax's CBs this often.. I am happy he is actually running out of bounce.. we are a 3-13 team without him..
He will take the contact if he's in a playoff game  
jamison884 : 9/13/2018 8:25 pm : link
I'm sure if you did a massive scientific study, the extra "1.something" yards extra when taking contact versus stepping out has less impact to the NYG's success when compared to the injury potential eliminating him from snaps.

In other words, be smart about contact (as he's done) until it really counts.
When you have that much passion  
ghost718 : 9/13/2018 8:25 pm : link
you just want to run to the sidelines and talk about the next play.
Disagree  
mpinmaine : 9/13/2018 8:35 pm : link
We cannot see the entire field on the TV
RE: Hes uncoverable...  
mrvax : 9/13/2018 8:50 pm : link
In comment 14074340 trueblueinpw said:
Quote:
Sit back, watch and enjoy the show. The young man is ridiculously good at his job. You can trust that he knows what hes doing.


I've seen some damn good WRs but the way Beckham was able to create separation Sunday was just crazy.
I would tell ANY of my players to be wary of contact  
Knineteen : 9/13/2018 9:03 pm : link
if it meant sacrificing a meaningless yard or two. Same thing with a baseball player unnecessarily running to first base.

Save your body; it's a long season.
Even Saquon  
CT Charlie : 9/14/2018 8:09 am : link
should value longevity ahead of macho.
Holy  
mikeinbloomfield : 9/14/2018 8:47 am : link
crap. LOL.
Yes,  
RinR : 9/14/2018 8:50 am : link
It's your imagination.
No Biggee  
Rong5611 : 9/14/2018 8:55 am : link
He was playing smart, had nowhere to go each time. Why get popped for no reason?
people must be sick and tired  
family progtitioner : 9/14/2018 9:07 am : link
of talking about the o-line and the Jets. Let's make up a controversial subject to get through the week
It's  
Jerry K : 9/14/2018 9:31 am : link
Eli's fault.
Come on Don...  
Howyadoin : 9/14/2018 9:33 am : link
Really Bruh?
Boy...  
Don in DC : 9/14/2018 11:39 am : link
raise a question and ask for opinions and people get pretty worked up.

He looked to me to be stepping out a bit early. There was at least one play where I thought he clearly could have gotten to first down yardage and didn't go for it, but stepped out a few yards short instead.

I'm not saying it's not the smart play for his longevity, or even for his productivity. But I noticed it.
Odd question  
santacruzom : 9/14/2018 11:53 am : link
I mean yeah, I suppose he is too easily stepping out of bounds and the opposing defense could work harder and scheme to make it more difficult for him to do so. But I'm not sure why they'd do that, and I'm not sure why we should care about how easily OBJ is doing things.
Franco Harris  
Bubba : 9/14/2018 12:36 pm : link
was 235lbs and ran out of bounds, so what?
Bad post  
TMS : 9/14/2018 5:13 pm : link
with a bad implication. so you got what you should have expected. Learn from it. Most here do not want our franchise WR going for the extra yard on sideline plays that are already over, most of the time.
LOL  
Don in DC : 9/14/2018 10:01 pm : link
Ok there. Take yourself a l little more seriously.
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