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Odell Beckham Jr. says ‘it’s nothing but love’ for Eli Manning

OBJ was traded from the New York Giants during the offseason.

LSU wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. catches the ball during NFL football pro day, Wednesday, April 9, 2014, in Baton Rouge, La. (AP Photo/Jonathan Bachman)
LSU wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. catches the ball during NFL football pro day, Wednesday, April 9, 2014, in Baton Rouge, La.
Jonathan Bachman, Associated Press

New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning will be benched for rookie quarterback Daniel Jones. And Odell Beckham Jr. — who spent five seasons with Manning at New York — doesn’t have much to say about it.

Beckham told reporters that there’s “nothing but love” for Manning, and that he wouldn’t look to criticize the organization or the team for benching their once-star quarterback.

“That’s a brother of mine. It’s been nothing but love,” he said, according to the New York Post.

“But I don’t play for them anymore, so I don’t have anything to do with that situation, with that organization or anything that’s going on. But it’s nothing but love for (Eli).”

Beckham spoke out against Manning in the past. In an ESPN interview last year, Beckham questioned Manning’s ability to play well during a poor season.

“I feel like, in the past five years, they found a way to play cover two. Keep everything in front of them,’’ Beckham told ESPN. “How do we beat this? I feel like I’m getting out-schemed. I can take a slant and go 60. All the top receivers get the ball that they should, and if they don’t, they say something about it.

“Everything at the moment. It’s just everything. It’s just everything. Not to say that it isn’t going to work. But, right now, I feel like I have to work entirely too hard.”

He also suggested that his current quarterback, Baker Mayfield, is better than Manning earlier this summer.

“Words don’t do it justice for being out here,” Beckham told reporters, according to Cleveland.com. “I’m almost giddy. I’m like a little kid, seeing Baker (Mayfield), seeing this offense, and this defense is something special.”

“Just catching (passes from Mayfield) from the first day it was like, ‘This is different,’ ” said Beckham said.