Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman has been heavily involved with The Player Tribune this season, posting weekly articles and videos, and this time he answered questions from fans. Of course, the hottest topic this week has been New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr, and so that’s what one fan wanted to know Sherman’s thoughts on as one of the game’s best corners.
Everyone’s talking about Odell Beckham Jr. and his antics. As a cornerback who’s known for being great at playing the mental game, how do you take advantage of a guy who’s getting frustrated like that or getting off his game? —Brett
Honestly, it’s difficult. It’s really a case-by-case basis because if you go at a player like that, it can go one of two ways: He’ll either get more frustrated and get further off his game — which we’ve seen with Odell — or he could turn around and smoke a guy for 200 yards, and you just woke up a sleeping dragon. You’ve seen that with Odell, too. People talk about how he got into it with Josh Norman last season, but Odell caught the game-tying touchdown pass in the fourth quarter of that game after making a 40-yard catch a few plays earlier. So you can talk all you want and do all that extra stuff, but at the end of the day you still gotta line up and go at it.
Sherman knows first hand how difficult it can be to cover the Pro Bowl receiver. Beckham’s done something that few NFL receivers have ever done, getting the better of Sherman in a 38-17 loss back in 2014 — Beckham finished with seven catches for 108 yards despite Seattle’s easy victory.
Some have called for OBJ to take a seat on the bench until his head is right despite the fact that he’s on pace for over 1,200 yards and had seven catches for 121 yards against Josh Norman just two weeks ago.
The Giants and Seahawks do not play each other in the regular season this year, so there won’t be a rematch between these two players unless it comes in the playoffs. New York is 2-2 and facing the Packers in Green Bay this Sunday.