Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Eli's Got Odell's Back

Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Eli's Got Odell's Back

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Eli Manning has taken on a lot of responsibilities in his previous 12 seasons as quarterback of the Giants.

Perhaps the most important challenge facing the two-time Super Bowl MVP this season is watching the back of his most gifted weapon: wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr.

"It's my job to keep him going when things are going well," Manning said after Friday's practice. "But there are going to be games where a defense takes him away for a quarter or a couple of series. It's my job to pump him up and find ways to get him the ball, find ways to keep him happy, so he can make plays for us."

Manning has raved about Beckham's work ethic, essentially from the moment he walked through the door, if not the day his hamstring healed up enough for him to finally get on the field in Week 5 of his rookie year two seasons ago. …

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