EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. – Odell Beckham Jr. must find a new challenge this weekend.
Beckham, one of the NFL's premier receivers, looked forward to matching up with Darrelle Revis, one of the league's best cornerbacks, when the Giants host the Jets Sunday in MetLife Stadium. But Revis hasn't practiced this week because of a concussion, and Jets coach Todd Bowles said today it's likely he will his second game in a row on Sunday.
"You've just got to move on," Beckham said today. "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. Down the road, you never know, there may be a matchup there. But right now we're focused on beating the Jets."
Offensive coordinator Ben McAdoo is prepared to face a Jets defense with or without Revis.
"He's obviously a very skillful, talented player," McAdoo said. "We have a plan if he's going to play, and we have a plan if he's not going to play, and we'll be ready both ways."
McAdoo said he doesn't have two completely separate plans, but, "We may tilt one way or another based on whether he plays or not, but we will see how it goes on Sunday."
Beckham is also ready if Revis makes a surprising recovery and is in uniform on Sunday.
"Definitely prepared and looked into it," Beckham said. "I mean, you have to study a guy like that. Obviously, we know that he studies, studies in the offseason, during the bye week. I guess not much more to say. We don't really know what exactly the case is for Sunday, so just keep preparing and I guess keep playing it by ear."
Although he receives most of the attention, Revis is hardly a one-man secondary. Without him, the Jets still have an outstanding pair of cornerbacks in Antonio Cromartie and Buster Skrine. Cromartie does his best work as a press corner, and will likely relish the opportunity to cover Beckham.
"He's a bigger corner (6-2, 210), a physical corner, he's a guy who can run," Beckham said. "And he uses his strengths to his ability. We were game planning for other different areas. It's kind of hard to know what exactly they're going to do now if Revis is not playing. He's a great corner and he's been one for a while."
The Jets' defenders have said if Beckham does get his hands on the ball, they will attempt to hit his arms in an attempt to prevent him from securing it, or to knock it away. New England's Malcolm Butler used that tactic last month to separate Beckham from the ball on a potential game-winning touchdown late in the Patriots' one-point victory over the Giants.
"I didn't know about this quote, but now that you give it to me, I'll make sure he (Beckham) hears it," coach Tom Coughlin said. "It's continuous, we're always coaching that. Ball security is a huge, huge issue. I don't care what team you pick in the league, look down through the Jets schedule and season, when they've done well with the turnovers, they've won. And the games they haven't, they've lost."
Beckham doesn't exactly seem panicked by the prospect of the Jets trying to jar the ball loose.
"I mean, that's their job, to knock the ball out your hands, so it's surprising that somebody is just now saying that," Beckham said. "Go up, catch the ball, tuck. I put an emphasis on putting the ball away no matter where I am, just because you can't leave it on anybody else to ever make the call, or ever make a decision for you. Just leave it in your hands.
"Them trying to knock the ball out of my hands, I don't think it was the best observation. It's obvious what you're supposed to do is knock the ball out of somebody's hands. Like I said, they have their game plan and we have ours. Keep preparing and definitely looking forward to Sunday."
Beckham can see advantages in the Jets being more focused on the ball than on him.
"It's better if they're going for the ball and not going to play the ball out of my hands," he said. "I feel like that just plays into my advantage. You go up for the ball, we go up for the ball together, I have confidence in myself that I'll be able to make the play when it comes that way. Sometimes they make a great play, and that's NFL football. I don't know what to say, knock the ball out of my hands, I guess. I don't really know what to say on that."
On Sunday, he won't have to say anything. He can just play.
• Last week in Washington, the Giants rushed for 24 yards on their first seven plays, and nine yards on their last 60 plays. In the second half, they ran for one yard.
"We have to get our run game going, we know that," McAdoo said. "We thought we had it going early in the game last week. The first drive, we had a 10-play drive, ended up getting a penalty, a delay of game penalty, and having that unfortunate turnover on third down there, and it never really got back on track after that. We need to get the run game going."
Why couldn't they get it back on track last week?
"That's a good question," McAdoo said. "We've been looking at that all week, we've addressed some things and we've moved on from it and we anticipate going into the game and being able to run the ball this week. It's important to us. We need to play with some balance, we don't want to be a throwing team. It's good for our pass game and playing with balance is the way we want to go."
• Linebacker Devon Kennard (hamstring/foot) and fullback Nikita Whitlock (not injury-related) did not practice today, increasing to five the number of Giants players who did not participate in the workout. They joined tight end Larry Donnell (neck), safety Brandon Meriweather (knee) and tackle Marshall Newhouse (back).
• Center Weston Richburg remains limited with an ankle injury.
• Defensive ends Robert Ayers (toe) and Jason Pierre-Paul (hand) and guard Justin Pugh (concussion) practiced fully.
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