Pat Shurmur
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New York Giants head coach Pat Shurmur supported the trade of Odell Beckham Jr. last Tuesday through and through.

Since now-former New York Giants receiver Odell Beckham Jr. was traded to the Cleveland Browns last Tuesday, we haven’t heard much from Big Blue HC Pat Shurmur.

Giants GM Dave Gettleman has been in the news lately with some quotes, but Shurmur has been pretty quiet about the blockbuster trade … until now.

On Wednesday, Shurmur spoke to Paul Schwartz of the New York Post regarding the trade. Within the conversation, Shurmur responded on his full support of the trade.

“Absolutely,” Shurmur said. “Everything we do behind the scenes, coaching and roster building, is collaborative.

“My reaction is always the case with trades, it’s good for both parties. We feel good about what we got. We got a starting safety, we got a first-round pick and we got our third-round pick. We felt it was good for us and, because we were able to come to an agreement, Cleveland thought it was good for them.”

The OBJ trade did help fill one gap on defense. The Giants were able to snag strong safety Jabrill Peppers from the Browns, who will certainly help the replacement process for former Giants safety Landon Collins.

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Peppers will be playing alongside another new Giants safety, Antoine Bethea, who was signed to a two-year deal last week. Peppers had 69 combined tackles, one sack, five passes defended and one interception for the Browns in 2018.

Shurmur also had some kind words to say about his new defensive back.

“I studied [Peppers] back when he was at Michigan,” Shurmur said. “I like how he competes, he can play low, he can play high, he returns kicks and punts. In my mind, he’s a football player. I certainly like him. He’s a young player, I think his best football is in front of him. He’s already showed us some things he’ll be able to do for us.”


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