Odell Beckham Jr. finally made his first reception of the preseason during Saturday night’s 28-18 loss to the Jets, but the Giants wide receiver didn’t have any big gains against opposing cornerback Darrelle Revis.
Matched up against Revis, who has been one of the top defensive backs in the NFL since being drafted by the Jets back in 2007, Beckham caught five of the six passes thrown his way for 31 yards. The one target that Beckham didn’t catch turned out to be the most talked about of the night, as the sophomore wide receiver made a sensational one-handed attempt only to land with both feet out of bounds. The longest Beckham reception that counted in the box score went for just eight yards.
“I think it’s going to be a very good matchup during the season,” said Beckham, “[Revis is] one of the best out there. I think it’ll be better once we all watch film and we really see how he’s going to play and reach our game plan for a team. It was great to be able to just get out there, get into the offense a little bit, and have fun.”
Even though Beckham didn’t come up with any highlight-reel catches that fans expect from him nowadays, there were still some positives to take out of the Giants’ third preseason game. For one, Beckham finally got his hands on the ball.
“It’s still preseason,” he said, “None of those catches count for anything really, so it doesn’t really matter as much, but it’s still great to be able to come out here and run routes and get open in the game and be able to catch passes. But like I said, there’s still so much we need to improve on that it’s kind of irrelevant.”
The Giants do need to work on their offensive consistency, but it was nice to see the first team finally put a long drive together. Aided by some Jets penalties and a running game led by Rashad Jennings, the Giants drove 85 yards for a touchdown in 14 plays during the second quarter.
“I think we’re on the right path,” said Beckham, “There’s just a lot of corrections that need to be made. And they’re small things. We’ll be able to go in and watch the film and see how guys played, and the unfortunate side of this is that it’s all a business. After today, there’s only going to be 75 [players], and after next week, there’s going to be 53.”
With only one preseason game to go until the regular season premiere, the next time we see the 2015 Giants in earnest will be when they are trimmed down to a 53-man roster. When Beckham is able to play a full game with quarterback Eli Manning, we’re more likely to see exciting plays that land in bounds.