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New York Giants
NOTES, QUOTES

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  The Giants and Jets, who face each other every year in the preseason, will meet again this year in just under 100 days.

Besides the battle of bragging rights, one of the battles that both teams gave a glimpse of in their preseason game is the matchup between future Hall of Fame cornerback Darrelle Revis and dynamic receiver Odell Beckham Jr.

Beckham, who was matched up against Revis on some pass plays, caught his first receptions of the preseason, going five of six for 31 yards to lead the Giants in receptions. The newly crowned Madden cover boy brimmed with excitement and anticipation when asked about seeing Revis again when the Giants host the Jets on Dec. 6.

"I think it's going to be a very good matchup during the season. He's one of the best out there," Beckham said. "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."

One of the highlights of the Beckham-Revis matchup was on a free play that came once the Jets had jumped offside. Beckham ran a pattern along the sideline, but got a little too close to being out of bounds.

Revis, who has made an art of using the sideline to his advantage, managed to guide the receiver out of bounds as Beckham came up with one of his signature one-handed receptions that wowed the crowd even though it was ruled incomplete.

"I knew I was close to out of bounds, and I was just trying to make sure that I caught the ball first," Beckham said of that play.

"By the time I looked down, I couldn't get my other foot in, but there was another ball down the sideline that I have to make the play; it's just plays that we need made. We need big plays, and we all have to do it, so on my behalf, it's just one of those balls that I'll be thinking about."

In his short career so far, Beckham has made plenty of cornerbacks look foolish. Last year as a rookie, he got the better of Seattle's Richard Sherman, who praised the young superstar after their epic battle. Moving forward, Beckham realizes that opposing defensive coordinators are likely to assign their top cornerback to cover him exclusively throughout the game.

"That's what you play for; you play to go against those guys: Joe Haden, (Richard) Sherman, Pat Pete (Patrick Peterson)," Beckham said. "All those corners who are known for being the best, that's what you play for; to be able to go against them. So it was definitely a lot of fun, and much respect to (Revis)."

Beckham smiled and shook his head when asked if it meant anything to him to be able to get his first preseason receptions against Revis.

"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," he said, adding, "There's still so much we need to improve on that it's kind of irrelevant."

With the Giants searching for that dynamic pass rusher to fill the void left by defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul as he recovers from a July 4 fireworks accident, head coach Tom Coughlin said he has liked what he has seen of third-round pick Owa Odighizuwa.

"He has done a good job to this point in time and we are obviously thinking more and more about how we might be able to utilize him to a further extent, so he is a young man that we have high expectations for," Coughlin said.

Odighizuwa, who initially missed parts of the spring practices due to knee soreness, has made significant progress since the start of the summer that has Coughlin encouraged.

"Obviously he has had a chance to practice and he has had a chance to learn more in the system and look at himself on tape and his coach has been able to make the corrections with him," Coughlin said.

"Again, that cumulative effect is what you are trying to accomplish in professional football even throughout the course of the entire season so he definitely has improved - there is still of course a lot of work to be done, but he has improved."

Safety Nat Berhe, who underwent surgery on Friday to remove a blood clot from his calf, tweeted his optimism about being able to return to action in time for the start of the regular season, if not shortly soon after.

Head coach Tom Coughlin, however, wasn't so sure that would be the case and hinted that Berhe's condition could be season-ending.

"I think there is more information trying to be gathered, there (are) decisions that have to be made and of course there is a very short amount of time to make them in," he said.

"I appreciate very much Nat's optimism. I wish it had a bigger factor on the healing process because he has been in a good frame of mind ever since last spring but it just, or whatever is going on down there it wasn't to be, and so now that he has had some further work done I hope that we can rectify that situation."


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