By Rahul Lal
“I remember coming into the league and there were guys like Sammy Watkins and Mike Evans, I wanted to be talked about the way they were talked about,” said star wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. in a recent interview. “Be careful what you ask for,” he added.
“[My life] creates so much distraction for the rest of the team,” said the Giants’ wide receiver.
“Odell Beckham Jr. has obviously lost his sense of where he falls in everything,” fired back Fitz. “He is losing his mind and his perspective.”
Fitz expanded on this by pointing out that Beckham’s antics in the media are not as big of a deal as he may think they are. He brought up the point that Beckham’s life does not dominate the lives of 52 other football players who are all focused on their own lives.
“Dude, you’re just a wide receiver,” Fitz said. The only reason Beckham has any worth to most people is because he can catch a football, so, when he stops catching a football, no one will care about him anymore, no one.”
Beckham’s future standing with the team, as Fitz sees it, doesn’t present “a lot of positive outcomes.”
Fitz also looked at the Broncos’ QB situation, as reports came out this past week that veteran Mark Sanchez and former seventh-round pick Trevor Siemian are in a heated battle for the starting position.
Fitz labeled this as one thing and one thing only: “spin season.” While many analysts may point to Siemian having “something special,” Fitz characterized it simply as “complete bull.”
Siemian may be playing better than expected, but Sanchez is also probably playing worse than expected. And a lot of that stems from the team picking Paxton Lynch in the first round.
“If you buy this, you buy that [John Elway] decided to waste a first-round pick on the ‘if’ column, he’s smarter than that, said Fitz. “Broncos fans, you have reason to be concerned.”
Lastly, NFL workout holdouts — both veterans and rookies — have dominated headlines. Simply put, Fitz didn’t see any reason that veterans who have been part of the system for years need to be at training camp every day.
The controversy about holdouts is exaggerated in the news, “it’s a press issue, we need content,” explained Fitz. “The players know it is going to work out, the teams know it is going to work out.”
Listen to the full show, covering these topics and more, on the latest episode of The Jason Fitz Show.
Rahul Lal is an LA native stuck in a lifelong, love-hate relationship with the Lakers, Dodgers and Raiders. You can follow him on Twitter here.