Giants WR Odell Beckham Jr. will step on the field for his first game since Week 5 of last season this Sunday. And there is no easing him back into his role considering his matchup: Jaguars CB Jalen Ramsey.
Ramsey is arguably the best cornerback in the NFL, and has a knack for getting under his opponent's skin with trash talk. He recently went after several players around the league, including Giants QB Eli Manning, in an exclusive with GQ magazine.
Beckham has an obvious past with trash-talking corners, more specifically Josh Norman. They literally went head-to-head two years ago at MetLife Stadium as both players focused more on fighting than the game itself.
But that was the past, and Beckham has learned from that meltdown. This time, he'll let his plays do all the talking.
"I think I learned my lesson," he told reporters after practice on Wednedsay. "But, this is probably, if not the best, one of the best corners in the league. There's no way around it and this defense that they have -- you know, they have six or seven Pro Bowlers maybe more on the team. They have a very good scheme. They're probably the best defense in the NFL. So, we have a very tough challenge ahead of us."
Beckham reflected on his feud with Norman, and how he "took the cheese" that the corner put in front of him.
Odell isn't going to "take the cheese" this time like he did with Josh Norman pic.twitter.com/8a1vqdJ258- SportsNet New York (@SNYtv) September 5, 2018
"I remember going into the week before, and to be honest with you, I hadn't watched much tape on Josh before we played him," Beckham explained. "And we came here and I remember y'all bringing me information in his interview and saying that this is sweet and blah blah blah and the stories and papers are written. It was all set up to happen what exactly happened.
"I'm kinda just seeing things different now and just knowing it is going to be a matchup but it's not going to be something you're going to repeat."
Beckham hasn't played in any preseason matchups, so no one knows for sure what to expect from that surgically-repaired ankle in a game situation. He looks to be at full speed and strength during practice, and that shows from his $95 million contract extension the Giants gave him.
So, this matchup against Ramsey is the perfect test to see if Beckham has truly bounced back. He's looking forward to it.
"Yeah, definitely. Honestly, I'm moreso just looking forward to playing football again to be real with you. But, yes, it is an exciting matchup. It's a good test for yourself in the first game."