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Pat Shurmur denies hydration comment was a slight to Odell Beckham Jr.

Pat Shurmur had to deny that a comment about hydration during an interview this week was a jab at Odell Beckham Jr., which in and of itself is a sad indication of how the New York Giants’ season has gone completely off the rails.

The Giants head coach made the comment in question while praising Aldred Rosas during an interview on WFAN, saying the kicker has the “mentality of a football player. He doesn’t care if he’s had a good night sleep, doesn’t care if he’s hydrated.”

The seemingly innocuous comment caused a stir because of what Beckham said earlier this season about his inability to say hydrated … because he’s not a fan of water.

“I’ve always cramped,” Beckham told reporters in October. “I really don’t like water. I’m trying, [but] I really just don’t like it. You get that stomach feeling, like it’s all slushy. I’m trying to stay hydrated but sometimes I got to get an IV; it’s necessary. You’re cramping in both calves; it’s hard to run and make cuts. If you’re cramping and dehydrated, you’re susceptible to something else, so I try to stay on top of it the best that I can.”

When asked if his hydration talk was intended as a slight to Beckham, Shurmur scoffed at the notion.

“Not at all,’’ Shurmur said, via the New York Post. “It’s not a shot at anybody. … That answer had nothing to do with any other player other than to compliment the fact that [Rosas] is a tough son of a gun and I appreciate him as a player. Whoever perceived that [as critical of Beckham] was way off base.”

Given how Beckham has been something of a thorn in Shurmur’s side due to repeated, arguably disruptive chatter, it was not an overreach to infer that the comment was meant to shade Beckham.

However, given the Giants’ nightmarish 3-8 campaign, Shurmur presumably is worrying about other things instead of taking veiled shots at one of the team’s superstars, even a disgruntled one.