Oct 19, 2015; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham (13) during warmups before game against the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports
3. Make Odell Beckham Jr. a non-factor
If you’re a New Orleans Saints fan, there’s a good chance you’re an avid supporter of Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. The NOLA native and former LSU standout has quickly emerged into one of the top pass catchers in the NFL in just one short year. He is the definition of a playmaker.
But Saints cornerback Delvin Breaux, once an LSU-bound prospect himself, has also made a name for himself quite early. If it wasn’t for a devastating neck injury in high school nine years ago that ended his dreams of playing with the Tigers in Baton Rouge, the former CFL star would have likely been doing these things in the NFL several years ago.
He looks to be the one who will have his hands full with Beckham on Sunday. Through seven games, Breaux is panning out to be one of the biggest offseason bargains for any team. In fact, he’s been thrown at 41 times this year, allowing only 18 catches for a completion percentage 43.9%, which is good for second among cornerbacks.
If somebody is to keep Beckham covered, it’s Delvin Breaux. He shut down Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones, holding him to just two receptions. If it weren’t for a pair of trips last week against Indianapolis Colts wideout T.Y. Hilton that unfortunately allowed gains of 87 and 46 yards, then Breaux would have held him to just two catches for 17 yards.
Breaux and OBJ could be one of the best matchups we see in the NFL this year. Breaux’s spectacular coverage skills and physical style are ideal for OBJ’s athleticism, impressive hands, and play-making ability, and vice versa. I’m sure both are up for the challenge.
The Giants still have a handful of other talented receivers, and there will be times Breaux is not on Beckham. It’s up to this entire Saints secondary to keep Beckham in check, as well as the rest of Eli Manning’s weapons. But eliminating OBJ will make things much easier for the Black and Gold.
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