Odell Beckham Jr. is coming off the best game of his career. And going into the biggest challenge of it.
The Giants' rookie receiver caught eight passes for 156 yards against the Colts on Monday night. Next he must face Richard Sherman and the Seahawks' secondary that helped lead Seattle to last year's Super Bowl win. He actually sounded excited about the proposition.
"It's nothing that you are not willing to face," Beckham said on a conference call Wednesday. "These are the games you live to play for, the moments you live to play for, to go against the best of the best, to go against Richard Sherman, the Seattle Seahawks and the L.O.B [Legion of Boom] or whatever they call themselves. To go against all those guys, it's: Why not? Why not embrace that opportunity? Why not take the challenge, accept it and face it?"
Considering that Beckham has played in only four games in his career, this undoubtedly will be the toughest secondary he's ever played against. Not only does Seattle have Sherman, but safeties Kam Chancellor and Earl Thomas. Byron Maxwell plays the opposite cornerback.
The matchup everyone -- including, apparently, Beckham -- wants to see is Sherman against the rookie.
"I think Odell Beckham has done some really good things," Eli Manning said. "He's shown he can make a lot of plays for us, learning the offense, and moving around in a lot of different spots. I think he's up for whatever challenge is thrown at him."
"He's still growing as a player, but I think he definitely does some good things and we need him to keep getting better and keep making plays for us."
Beckham and Sherman obviously never have played against each other.
"I don't know him, I've never talked to him or anything like that," said Beckham (who is likely to get an earful from the vociferous Sherman on Sunday). "He's one of the best in the league, hands down, so I expect nothing but the best. That means we all have to be on our 'A' game. It's a challenge we are all up for."
The Giants have started moving Beckham around the field a bit, putting him in the slot some late against the Colts. He was even lined up in the backfield once in that game but he didn't get the ball. With Beckham one of the few players on offense capable of making consistent plays, the Giants will want to feed him as much as possible.
And the Seahawks will want to put their best defender on him.
Beckham faced a pretty good defense against the Colts on Monday, and he caught two touchdown passes Oct. 19 against the Cowboys. This is a different level, though. It's his first game against a true shutdown cornerback. His approach against Sherman?
"Keep attacking," he said. "I'm never going to back down from anyone."
"He has some experience. He's a big, athletic guy that wants to press at the line. Those are all things he does well, so you have to try to find, as few as there are, you have to try and find those weaknesses that he has. At the end of the day, it's football. You have to go out and play football and give it your best. Whatever happens, happens."
Notes & quotes: Running back Rashad Jennings (knee) did not practice Wednesday and likely will miss a fourth straight game . . . Tom Coughlin said guard Weston Richburg (ankle) is "progressing" and is day-to-day . . . The Giants were awarded cornerback Chykie Brown off waivers from the Ravens. Prince Amukamara was put on injured reserve to make room on the roster.