Odell Beckham Jr. got his first taste of the Giants-Eagles rivalry in Week 6 of last season and felt the wrath and hatred of Eagles fans at Lincoln Financial Field. The Giants were shutout 27-0 and Beckham hauled in two receptions for just 28 yards—so it’s not a game that the Madden Coverboy looks back on with warm and fuzzy memories.
“I think it was my second game back,” noted Beckham on his return from a hamstring injury that forced him to miss the first four game in 2014. “All I can really remember was what everybody telling me about how the Giants and Philly games usually are. It was a fun experience going down there, not the game, but the atmosphere was a lot of fun.”
Beckham’s young star was on the rise as he went on to have most of the most prolific rookie receiving seasons in NFL history. The former LSU standout got the treatment from a notorious rowdy and raucous bunch in the City of Brotherly Love.
“Yeah, they treat me like royalty,” joked Beckham about his reception from Eagles fans.
During last year’s loss to Philadelphia, Victor Cruz tore his patellar tendon and was carted off the field. Cruz, almost one-year removed from season ending knee surgery, has still yet to return to the field. This time his calf has sidelined him for likely the first six games of the 2015 campaign. Beckham’s status for Week 6 is a major question mark as his hamstring injury precluded him from practicing so far this week.
Beckham briefly left Sunday night’s win over the San Francisco 49ers after he felt a pinch in his hamstring, but convinced trainers to allow him back in the game for the Giants final game-winning drive. In retrospect, Beckham second-guessed his decision to try and play though the injury.
“To put myself in the game It might have been the best thing to do so early in the fourth quarter,” admitted Beckham. “It just kind of happened.”