Usually when the Giants prepare for an opposing quarterback, they worry about his arm or his legs. As they get ready to face Titans rookie Zach Mettenberger on Sunday, they are also preparing for his mouth.
Mettenberger has a reputation for being a trash-talker, something Damontre Moore said he experienced first-hand when he played against him in college two years ago.
"That's one of those quarterbacks I like to play against," Moore said. "You go out there and you beat him, it is what it is ... Nine times out of 10 those quarterbacks who do talk trash are the most competitive. If they're talking trash, they're out there competing against you just like you're competing against them. They're showing passion and excitement and I love that most. That's what type of defensive player I am and apparently that's what type of offensive player he is. Those are my favorite to go against."
Odell Beckham Jr., who played with Mettenberger at LSU, said he also enjoyed that kind of fire in the huddle and on the field.
"He's as tough as they come," Beckham said. "He's going to sit back there and take all those hits. He's going to step into it and he is going to make the throws. I loved having him as a quarterback being a guy who is out there talking and things like that. He is going to be a great one."
Beckham went on.
"Everybody talks trash," he said. "Everybody has their own variation of it. It's just different when you are hearing it coming from your quarterback like that."
Like Eli Manning?
Beckham chuckled at the thought.
"Eli's not a trash-talker," he said. "That's just not him."
Apparently it is others. Moore said that the mouthiest quarterback he's ever faced was Philip Rivers of the Chargers last year. And at Texas A&M, he was teammates with Johnny Manziel.
"Definitely Johnny," Moore said. "He goes out and loves when you hit him. It's not so much talking trash, he's telling you to hit him harder and come run faster. Those are the quarterbacks I like to play against."
He'll apparently get that chance on Sunday.