Odell Beckham Jr. said Thursday that Jets defensive coordinator Gregg Willams coaches "cheap shots and dirty plays'' and that he was responsible for causing the ankle injury that "changed my life forever.''
Beckham believes all of his subsequent leg injuries can be traced back to the preseason game here with the Giants in 2017 when former Browns cornerback Briean Boddy-Calhoun dove at his lower leg and drilled him, causing a high ankle sprain.
"That says enough about it. It’s preseason,'' Beckham said Thursday during his podium interview. "It’s like a known rule, in preseason nobody in the NFL is really out to do stuff like that. I had players on this team telling me that that’s what he was telling them to do, take me out of the game, and it’s preseason. So you just know who he is. That’s the man calling the plays.''
Beckham sat out the Giants opener that year and then returned in Week 2 against Detroit before he was healthy, and ultimately broke the same ankle in Week 4. He underwent surgery and missed the final 12 games of 2017.