Terrell Owens Blames Eli Manning for Odell Beckham's Struggles, Calls for Giants to Bench QB

Eli Manning #10 of the New York Giants in action against the Washington Redskins during their game at MetLife Stadium on October 28 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. Al Bello/Getty Images

Terrell Owens has placed the blame for Odell Beckham Junior's disappointing performances this season firmly at Eli Manning's door.

The New York Giants are 1-7, tied with the San Francisco 49ers for the worst record in the NFL, and have lost their last five games.

So far this season, Beckham ranks second and fourth in the NFL in terms of receptions and yards, with 61 and 785 respectively, but has just two touchdowns to his name.

The former Louisiana State University student has shown signs of frustration, hinting the Giants' offense has been holding him back.

"I feel like I'm getting out-schemed," Beckham told ESPN last month, ahead of the game against the Panthers.

"I can take a slant and go 60 [yards]. All the top receivers get the ball that they should, and if they don't, they say something about it."

Giants co-owner John Mara swiftly rebuffed the 12th overall pick of the 2014 draft, suggesting he should do "more playing and less talking/"

According to Owens, however, Beckham's annoyance is more than justified.

"Odell can't perform because the quarterback is not performing," the Hall of Famer was quoted as saying by TMZ. "So, they should basically replace the quarterback [...] His skills are pretty much eroding and he's not really giving the guys an opportunity."

The Giants rank 29th in passing touchdowns and of the seven teams that have scored fewer points than them, four have played seven games, compared to the G-Men's eight.

The decision to stick with Manning in the summer looks more and more calamitous each week and Owens insisted it was time for the franchise to move on from the 37-year-old.

"I mean, if it was anybody else, any other quarterback, he would have already been replaced," the six-time Pro Bowler explained.

"So, at this point, give someone else an opportunity. He's accomplished a lot, but at the end of the day, the writing's on the wall."

The former Ole Miss student has thrown for just eight touchdowns in eight games and has already been sacked 31 times so far. To put things into context, his career-high for a season is 39.

While that points to a severe lack of protection from the Giants' offensive line, Owens insisted Manning would be able to overcome the problem if he was an elite quarterback.

In Owens' eyes, the Giants quarterback clearly doesn't fit into the category.

"He's won a couple of Super Bowls, but I wouldn't put him in the legendary status," he added.

"I wouldn't put him in that legend status as of yet […] no disrespect."

With the prospect of missing out on the playoffs for the sixth time in seven seasons almost a certainty, there have been calls for Shurmur to replace Manning under center with Kyle Lauletta for the trip to San Francisco on November 12 that follows this week's bye.

However, that prospect has been thrown in jeopardy after the rookie was arrested earlier this week while driving into practice.