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Odell Beckham Jr. looking forward to debut

New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr.,

New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr., a first0round draft pick, prepares to stretch at minicamp, Tuesday, June 17, 2014, in East Rutherford, N.J. Credit: AP

Nervous? Sure, Odell Beckham Jr. knows he will be a little nervous when he puts on his Giants uniform and runs out on the MetLife Stadium field to play in an NFL game for the first time.

The wide receiver says he doesn't expect to feel that way for long, though.

"I will get a bit of the jitters, but after I get tackled one time, it will be like, 'This is football. This is what you know,' " Beckham said Friday after the final practice in preparation for Sunday's game against the Atlanta Falcons.

Beckham is listed as questionable but said the plan is for him to play, though he's not sure how many snaps he will get or whether he will be used on punt returns.

Beckham, the No. 12 overall pick in this year's draft, has been nursing a hamstring injury that kept him out of the entire preseason as well as the Giants' first four regular-season games. Though Beckham's reps were limited this week, he participated in every drill.

Offensive coordinator Ben McAdoo said Thursday that the plan is to ease him in.

"Odell Beckham Jr. had a good couple of days of practice," McAdoo said. "He has a unique skill set, we like the way he can get in and out of routes. He has some explosiveness to him. He plucks the ball pretty well . . . He would be a nice guy to add to the mix."

Giants fans certainly will second that sentiment. Everyone is itching to see how the prized rookie performs.

In order to get him up to speed, the Giants have had Beckham be a part of individual and group meetings with quarterback Eli Manning and some of the other top receivers. He says he feels comfortable with the offense and that one of his main goals this week was to get comfortable in the no-huddle.

"The main objective was to learn both sides, because if you're in the no-huddle, you have to know both sides," he said. "I feel comfortable with my knowledge of the playbook."

Still, he knows he will feel a little nervous when he first hits the field. But he has a plan for that.

Said Beckham: "I might get some teammates to take some shots at me in warm-ups just to get ready."

Notes & quotes: Also listed as questionable are linebackers Jon Beason (foot/toe) and Devon Kennard (hamstring).

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