New York Giants Rumors: Odell Beckham Jr. Reacts To Not Being Liked Around The League [VIDEO]

Mike Smollins
By Mike Smollins @MikeSmollins
on Sep 08, 2016 08:10 AM EDT
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Entering his third NFL season, Odell Beckham Jr. might as well have a target on his back.

The Giants wide receiver certainly isn't feeling the love around the league and he ackowledged the fact that he isn't very well liked by many people around the NFL.

Beckham, 23, has been one of the most explosive receivers in the league over his first two seasons. After winning Offensive Rookie of the Year honors in 2014, he hauled in 96 receptions for 1,450 yards and scored 13 touchdowns in 15 games last season.

While he's been turning heads with his play, he's also drawn his fair share of enemies.

"I don't know if I'm necessarily liked anywhere, really," Beckham said, according to ESPN. "It just is what it is when we're on the field; off the field, there's no hard feelings for me anywhere. At the end of the day, it's football. I can't control who resents, likes, doesn't like, in a sense. We just go out there, handle our business, play football, and keep it moving from there."

Beckham drew the ire of former Panthers and current Redskins cornerback Josh Norman in an infamous game last season, which saw the two get into a verbal spat throughout the contest. Norman recently sounded off on Beckham ahead of the season.

"Everybody saw what he was," Norman told ESPN last month. "People from around the league were coming up to me afterward and saying, 'He does that crap all the time.' He lost so much respect from people for that little tantrum. I've already got a couple people telling me, 'OK, I've got a hit out on him.' It's going to be rough for him this year. And he brought it on himself."

The receiver said he believes the likes of Norman, Stephon Gilmore, and Chris Culliver dislike him because he has fun -- though he also said he can't pinpoint it.

"I don't know. You tell me," Beckham said. "Could be that way, couldn't be that way, I don't know. I'm more focused on this year and accomplishing the goals that we have set out -- winning games."

The Giants begin their season with a game against the rival Cowboys this Sunday in Week 1 of the season. New York is looking to improve on a 6-10 season and to make the playoffs for the first time since winning the Super Bowl at the end of the 2011-12 season.

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