Zach Mettenberger saw Odell Beckham Jr.'s one-handed catch against the Cowboys two weeks ago, and he said he wasn't very impressed.
"He's had better in practices at LSU," the Titans quarterback said of his former college teammate and fellow rookie in Sunday's game between the Giants and Titans. "Trust me, if you can get your hands on some of the practice film at LSU you could see just how freaky of catches that he has made in the past."
Mettenberger (sprained right shoulder), who said he will definitely play, couldn't think of one off the top of his head that topped the one two weeks ago that propelled Beckham into stardom. "I think the circumstances with the pass interference and it being a touchdown was what made it so great," he said.
But how does one top a one-handed catch? A no-handed catch? "I wouldn't put it past him," Mettenberger said. "If you challenged him, he would probably try and do it."
Mettenberger said Beckham is the best athlete he has seen. "Not just football, but basketball, baseball, soccer, he can do it all," he said. "I've seen him do it all. I'm very proud of him and the work he's put in, and the success he's having on the field."
When Eli Manning sees tight end Larry Donnell take flight, as he often does in search of extra yardage, his first concern is not about a potential turnover.
"I'm more worried about his health than the football," Manning said. "Some of the ways he kind of jumps up and goes down, he seems to kind of land on top of his head."
Unfortunately for the Giants, that kind of play often has resulted in a turnover, like the key ones against the Cowboys and Jaguars. "I don't think I'm the one to teach how to take a hit while running, I haven't done it a whole lot myself," Manning said. "I don't think I can tell him to slide. I think you've got to have a way to go off to the side or just eliminate that type of fall."
For the security of his health and the football.
T Justin Pugh (quad) was a full participant in yesterdayWednesday's practice and said he expects to return to the field on Sunday. LB Jacquian Williams, who has missed the last three games with a concussion, was limited and said he is day-to-day . . . T James Brewer (concussion), LB Mark Herzlich (concussion) and RB Rashad Jennings (ankle) did not practice.