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Beckham Jr. vs. Revis matchup likely not to happen


Odell Beckham Jr. likes to swap jerseys with his opponents after games.

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It's a sign of mutual respect that he's shared with players like Richard Sherman and Dez Bryant. But it looks like he'll have to wait to get a No. 24 in Jets colors.

All-Pro cornerback Darrelle Revis remains in the concussion protocol and has yet to practice this week after missing his team's last game against Miami. On Thursday, Jets coach Todd Bowles said Revis came in for treatment and light exercise before being sent home. Bowles was asked if there's still a chance he suits up Sunday for what has been a much-anticipated matchup with Beckham.

"I don't think so," Bowles said. "He didn't do anything today, so it's more than likely that he won't play."

Beckham was asked today about putting it on hold.

"You've just got to move on," Beckham said. "We still play the Jets. Last time I was concerned, it wasn't me versus Revis. It would have been fun to be able to go against a guy like that. Obviously, you know I have high praise for him. Unfortunate that he's not playing, but down the road, you never know, there may be a matchup there. But right now we're focused on beating the Jets."

Meanwhile, second-year pro Marcus Williams, who started in place of Revis against the Dolphins and is tied for second in the NFL with five interceptions, has also missed practice leading up to the Giants game with a knee injury. That brings the Jets' cornerback depth down to starter Antonio Cromartie, nickel back Buster Skrine, Darrin Walls, Dexter McDougle and Dee Milliner.

"We've got guys that can step in and play," Bowles said. "We're going to run our scheme and run our system and the guys just got to play." But who will cover Beckham?

"We're not giving away our game plan," he said.


After missing the last two games and a bye week in between with a concussion, guard Justin Pugh looks on track to play for the first time in nearly a month against the Jets. Pugh, who was limited yesterday, practiced fully on Thursday.

"I went out there today and I hit heads with somebody and soon as I got that first hit, I was good," Pugh said. "That's something that as a football player, that's my instincts going out there, just to play the way I've always played, be aggressive, and I'm never not going to play that way. That's why I wanted to make sure I felt 100 percent before I went back and did it. "I was able to do a lot of bag drills yesterday, so building that progression helps you build that confidence back up. I haven't put pads on since the Tampa Bay game, so that's going to be a big thing in warmups to make sure I get some nice contact and feel good about it."


For the Giants, LB Devon Kennard (hamstring/foot), TE Larry Donnell (neck), S Brandon Meriweather (knee), OT Marshall Newhouse (back) and FB Nikita Whitlock (not injury related) did not participate in practice. C Weston Richburg (ankle) was limited. LG Justin Pugh (concussion), DE Robert Ayers Jr. (toe) and DE Jason Pierre-Paul (hand) were full -go.

For the Jets, CB Darrelle Revis (concussion) and CB Marcus Williams (knee) did practice. DB Dion Bailey (ankle), C Nick Mangold (hand), WR Brandon Marshall (toe/ankle) and LB Calvin Pace (abdomen) were limited. WR Eric Decker (knee), QB Ryan Fitzpatrick (left thumb), LB Trevor Reilly (knee) and DB Buster Skrine (shoulder) were full-go.


Sunday will be the first time the Giants and Jets have met in a meaningful game since Christmas Eve of 2011. The game will always be remembered for wide receiver Victor Cruz turning a short pass from Eli Manning into a 99-yard touchdown with 2:27 left in the first half. The play sparked a 29-14 victory, as well as the Giants' Super Bowl XLVI title run. Beckham, who is no stranger to iconic moments in MetLife Stadium and has 11 touchdowns in 11 career games at home, was asked about Cruz's play.

"He made a guy miss and split two guys, I think, and just took off," said Beckham, whose career long is the 87-yard touchdown he had last month against New England. "I think we always clowned him and we tried to tell him he didn't have as much speed. And you just see that play and anytime you can take a play 99 yards, you have to have some speed with you. So I definitely do remember that."

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