'Finding Giants' -- Beckham Giants' No. 1 Draft Target
I will admit I have not been watching the 'Finding Giants' series on NFL Network. After reading about some of what came to light Thursday night on Episode 3 I wish I had been.
On this week's episode, Giants co-owner John Mara admitted that wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr., who the team took 12th overall, is the player they had targeted all along:
"Around the combine, we had kind of earmarked Odell as our guy. I try not to get too excited, it's happened a number of times in the past where a guy we've earmarked gets picked, but yeah, I had watched some LSU games myself. I knew who he was myself. It was a pretty uniform evaluation, he had some special talents. We were really pleased that he was still there.
"Before the draft, I had a pretty good idea that he was going to be our guy if he was still there. You always have a plan B and a plan C, it doesn't always work out that way. Often times he ends up not being there, but we were lucky he was."
If Beckham starts Sunday night the Giants will have three rookies -- Beckham, Weston Ricburg and Andre Williams -- starting on offense. They were looking for immediate impact type players in the draft:
"These days you have to get players to start for you in the draft," explained Chris Mara, the New York Giants' senior vice president of player personnel. "You don't have time to develop them. And especially us, we're going to have a big roster turnover this year so we're going to have to get some starters out of this draft."
Jameel McClain Knows What To Expect in Philly
Giants' linebacker Jameel McClain is experience the Giants-Eagles rivalry for the first time. That, however, does not mean he doesn't know what is coming Sunday night at Lincoln Financial Field. He played there with the Baltimore Ravens.
"I don't think I have any fond memories of Philly fans, personally. ... Through and through, if anybody knows. But these guys have been through it multiple times, so they know. I'm a Philly guy. I know exactly what to expect. I know someone's going to crack a joke at my mom, something."
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The Giants have lacked big plays — that may be about to change | New York Post
If head coach Tom Coughlin gets his wish, the addition of Beckham will lead to more big plays by the Giants’ offense. Beckham was in for 36 plays against the Falcons, but figures to see more action Sunday night when the Giants (3-2) face the rival Eagles (4-1) in Philadelphia.
Giants feeling confident heading into showdown with Eagles - Metro.us
The Giants head into their prime-time matchup against the Eagles full of bravado.
Ernie Palladino: New York Giants Loud And Loose Heading Into Philly " CBS New York
Beat the Eagles on Sunday and the noise in the locker room will inevitably get louder. What a change from just a year ago.
LeSean McCoy vs. Osi Umenyoira and the best trash-talking feuds from Eagles-Giants | NJ.com
The rivalry between the Eagles and the Giants has had plenty of on-the-field memories, but it is the off the field talk that has really ramped up the hatred between these two teams.