Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. knew rookie running back Saquon Barkley's 68-yard touchdown run was a long time coming, even if last Sunday's 20-15 loss to the Jaguars was his NFL debut.
And now, Barkley has his souvenir ball ... again.
Beckham posted a video earlier in the week of him jokingly stealing Barkley's first touchdown ball in the locker room, and admitted the ball is back where it should be: in Barkley's possession.
"I gave it back to him. It's funny how just being in the locker room, he's your brother and you're joking around with him, and next thing you know, it's across the entire world," Beckham said Thursday. "It was really nothing more than just me messing around with my boy, so I gave him his ball back."
The two former first-round picks are two of the biggest playmakers in the league, as evidenced by Barkley's ability to break multiple tackles and sprint downfield in the end zone, and how Beckham can make some of the most dynamic one-handed catches in the game.
Beckham caught 11 passes for 111 yards in his return from a fractured ankle, nearly as many yards as the rest of the Giants totaled in Week 1. But even so, he touted the other players on New York's offense, notably tight end Evan Engram and wide receiver Sterling Shepard.
"The crazy things about this offense, the guys on this offense, we're only one play away," Beckham said prior to Sunday night's matchup against the Cowboys. "It could be any second of the game, like you've seen him take it 68 yards, that's what he does. A slant, we're going 60. Evan's reliable to go any time. I get on Shep all the time, it's like, it's time for you to start taking these slants to the house. It's a one-play-away offense at any point in time. We want to be a very dangerous, dangerous offense."
The 25-year-old Beckham, who became the highest-paid receiver in the NFL during the preseason, said his return from missing most of last season gave him a new perspective on the game, and he credited head coach Pat Shurmur with expanding his playmaking abilities on the field.
"I worked hard to get back to where I'm at now, and I want to work even harder to get even further," Beckham said. "So with Coach Shurmur helping me and putting me in a position to really get open and run away from people and use the abilities that I have, he's putting me in good places to where I should be able to get open and get separation and make big plays."