Odell Beckham Jr. Comments on Week 3 Matchup with Josh Norman

Adam Wells@adamwells1985Featured ColumnistSeptember 21, 2016

New York Giants' Odell Beckham (13) catches a pass for a touchdown in front of Carolina Panthers' Josh Norman (24) during the second half of an NFL football game Sunday, Dec. 20, 2015, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)
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Following their hotly contested battle last season, Odell Beckham Jr. and Josh Norman will reunite Sunday, when the New York Giants host Washington in a Week 3 NFC East showdown. 

Knowing that Norman is on the other side of the field, Beckham told reporters he expects Washington to test his patience early and often.

"Part of their game plan," Beckham said Wednesday, per ESPN.com's Jordan Raanan. "I would do the same. That's just what you do. It's mental warfare. It's the art of war. You know what I mean? There are different ways to attack it."

The Carolina Panthers defeated the Giants 38-35 at MetLife Stadium in December. Beckham had a solid performance while primarily matching up against Norman, hauling in six catches for 76 yards and one touchdown in the loss.

However, Beckham was frustrated and annoyed with Norman, earning three 15-yard penalties for unsportsmanlike conduct during the game, including one for a blatant helmet-to-helmet shot during the third quarter.

On Wednesday, Beckham told reporters the high level of emotion he displayed in last year's Week 15 game is part of what makes him who he is on the field, per Raanan.

"You ever watch [Oklahoma City Thunder point guard] Russell Westbrook play basketball? He plays with a lot of emotion, passion, whatever you want to call it," he said. "It's what is best for some players, what is not best for some players. You use it, and you just be smart. Just play smart. It's football at the end of the day."

Washington's coaching staff drew criticism after a Week 1 loss against the Pittsburgh Steelers for not having Norman trail Antonio Brown throughout the game. Instead, Bashaud Breeland was left on an island and gave up seven of Brown's eight catches for 113 yards and two touchdowns. 

ESPN's Britt McHenry reported on Wednesday that Norman is going to shadow Beckham throughout Sunday's game, except when the Giants put him in the slot. 

Beckham and Norman will be the focal point of Sunday's game because of their verbal war of words over the last 10 months.

Washington will enter the game seeking its first win of the season, while the Giants have gotten off to a 2-0 start.

If Beckham and Norman are at the top of their games, their one-on-one battle will be must-see television in a game that is already of huge importance for Norman's new team.

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