Following the Giants’ Week 1 loss to the Jets, they are set to meet with an old friend when they travel to Cleveland for joint practices with the Browns.
It has been over two years since the Giants traded Odell Beckham to the Browns. Since that trade went down, a lot has changed. Both the Giants and Browns have found new head coaches, and Odell Beckham’s former teammates are largely gone from the Giants.
Even though time has gone by, Odell Beckham has still had a lot to say about the Giants. For the first time since the trade went down, Odell Beckham Jr. and the Giants will finally meet.
Love him, or hate him, Odell Beckham Jr. is one of the most electric players the Giants have ever had. When the ball was in his hands, it always felt like he could score.
His antics were tolerated because of this fact. At a certain point, it became too much for the Giants to handle.
This, combined with a great trade offer, led to the eventual departure of Odell Beckham. Since that trade, Odell has made several adversarial comments. He claimed the Giants sent him to Cleveland “to die,” calling the trade “personal.” Recently, Beckham has also claimed that he wanted to win a championship in New York, but the Giants never built a winning nucleus. At the end of the day, whether Odell is right or wrong, his first meeting with the Giants since the trade will be one to look out for, especially when there is clear animosity, especially on Odell’s end.
When Odell was traded, the Giants head coach was Pat Shurmur. Over two years later, Joe Judge is at the helm of the New York Football Giants, and the team has a whole new attitude. The Giants’ full team brawl in practice two weeks ago shows that things can go south very quickly in the heat of battle. Although Odell Beckham surely still has friends on the current Giants team, it has been shown in the past that joint practices can turn ugly fast. Jeremy Shockey was engaged in a fight with the Jets in 2005 during a joint practice. Other NFL teams get into fights during joint practices nearly every year. Time will tell if the Giants and Browns will be added to that list this week.
Odell Beckham Jr. was a lightning rod player for the Giants. He made plays that will never be forgotten, but his exit from the Giants was far from smooth.
When the Browns and Giants meet this week, it will be fascinating to see how the Giants and Odell Beckham Jr. interact.
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