In his second preseason game to date, Odell Beckham Jr didn’t have his ideal outing against the Jacksonville Jaguars. The reigning offensive rookie of the year was targeted five times and was held to zero catches on the evening.
This week OBJ and the Giants offense faces a larger obstacle going up against the secondary of the New York Jets, which boasts the recent cornerback additions of former pro-bowlers Darrelle Revis and Antonio Cromartie.
Getting his first taste of the Snoopy Bowl, Beckham admits he’s new to the battle for football supremacy in New York and New Jersey.
“They just say it’s a rivalry, you know Jets/Giants,” said Beckham. “When I first came here I thought the New York Giants would be in New York and the Jets were in Jersey, but I was obviously wrong about that. I’m just sitting back and trying to learn exactly what’s going on.”
Beckham Jr. talked with The Giants Beat about the team’s upcoming matchup against the Jets and touches on some of the foul-play that may have transpired against the Jaguars.
“I think it’ll be a great opportunity for us,” Beckham Jr stated about matching up against the Jets defense. “To be able to go into our third preseason game and kind of just take that next step in the right direction as far as moving the offense along.”
The LSU alumni focused on the broader aspect of the game, but one of the more notable components about Saturday’s matchup will be watching OBJ get his first taste of Revis Island. The second year pro was all class when commenting on the four-time first all-pro corner.
“He’s a good dude, very good person,” praised Beckham Jr. “Having to go against him, why would you not want to go against the best in the league? The Patrick Peterson’s, the [Richard] Sherman’s, Revis, the Joe Haden’s, that’s what you come here to do is to put yourself in the best position possible to go against the best and he’s clearly one of the best.”
OBJ was not sparse in sharing the praise and hyping up the game of other house-hold name cornerbacks. While this isn’t the trash-talk that adds appeal and publicity to a game, Beckham Jr shows his poise as well his ambition to go against the premier players in the league; a true sign of a budding star.
Revis gave the second year wideout similar praise in an interview with Dom Cosentino of NJ.com, calling him, “one of the best receivers in the league.” However, he also threw a little tough love Beckham’s way saying he had to “step up to the challenge.”
Number 13 did happen to touch upon last week’s comments by Victor Cruz about his belief that the Jaguars were gunning for OBJ. In the interview Beckham Jr still refrained from slander and calling anyone out.
“I agree with what he said, but at the end of the day it’s football. Guys are out there and you’re going to get hit. It’s a contact sport for a reason, but you just want to try and avoid any unnecessary contact.”
While Beckham Jr. does reaffirm that he stands by his teammates comments, he does so without a grudge, displaying his maturity. As a lifetime football player, Beckham is also aware that contact is a part of the game, and is just looking out for his personal safety, as well as the health of his peers.
Odell Beckham Jr. and the Giants will be set to face the new-look Jets in a mutual home game at New Meadowlands stadium at 7pm on Saturday, in what is widely regarding as the most important and revealing preseason game.