The new $95 million man, Odell Beckham Jr., is lining up opposite of arguably the best cornerback in the National Football League when the New York Giants face off against the Jacksonville Jaguars in Week 1. But outspoken Jags corner, Jalen Ramsey, isn't the reason why.
Beckham, who turns 26 in November, appears to be turning over a new leaf, one that likely means fewer headlines of the sort that now involve the man he'll be trying to beat when the Jags visit Giants stadium on Sunday.
The Giants highlight factory at wideout said as much in the lead-up to the game when he spoke to reporters on Wednesday:
Odell Beckham said “I think I learned my lesson” about getting into a war of words with a cornerback, so he said nice things about Jacksonville’s Jalen Ramsey instead. pic.twitter.com/v8S2vC7gvm— Ralph Vacchiano (@RVacchianoSNY) September 5, 2018
In that same spirit, Beckham said of Ramsey: "This is, if not the best, then one of the best cornerbacks in the league."
He also called the Jags one of the best defenses in the league. It's certainly a different tone than the one fans have come to expect from one of the best wide receivers in the game, who hasn't ever shied away from expressing how he feels about what he thinks. Whether that affects his on-field performance remains to be seen, but opposing cornerbacks might have a lot less motivational material.