PITTSFORD, N.Y. – Before Odell Beckham Jr. delivered the head butt, he threw the punch.
The Giants’ wide receiver was suspended for his helmet-to-helmet hit on Panthers cornerback Josh Norman in a game against the Panthers last December. But that wasn’t the first time Beckham ran afoul of the NFL for his temper. In a Week 4 game against the Bills, Beckham threw a punch at safety Duke Williams and was fined $8,681.
“It was a great matchup [last season] and I can’t wait to play against him Saturday,” Williams said after practice Monday at the Bills’ training camp facility. “I’m not going to say hi to him. We’re just going to play football. At the end of the way, we’re going to see who’s a better team. That’s all I’m worried about.”
Williams called Beckham “a scrappy player and he’s one of the best in the game.”
Williams said he isn’t angry at Beckham, but added, “League-wide, everyone knows what to expect from him. We just have to overlook the trash-talking and stuff. We just have to continue to prove it with our play.”
Williams said he wasn’t surprised to see Beckham involved in an altercation such as the one with Norman when the two players nearly came to blows several times before Beckham launched himself helmet-first at Norman.
“It’s a heated competition, and everybody’s emotions flare,” Williams said. “You just have to stay focused on the task at hand. Two great players like [Beckham and Norman] going at it, you’re going to see some type of altercation. But at the end of the day, it’s all football, and we’re all friends outside of this. Inside the white lines, things get heated and tempers flare.”