PHILADELPHIA — Sunday afternoon won’t just be an NFC East showdown between bitter I-95 rivals. It won’t merely be a golden opportunity for the Eagles to bury the winless Giants.
It also will be an LSU reunion, Giants star wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. going up against Eagles No. 1 cornerback Jalen Mills, Beckham and his top-dyed blond hair against Mills and his Eagles green., a rematch of their college days when the two matched up in practice
“Jalen and I went at it every single day,” Beckham said Thursday. “We fought, we competed every day. This is a guy who I’ve gone against, a guy I have respect for and I’m happy to see him in the league and doing his thing. Unfortunately, who I’ve competed against, he plays now for the team with Philly.”
They were LSU teammates in 2012 and 2013, when Beckham was under fire for distracting extracurricular antics, part of a program that went a combined 20-6. Last year,<strong>Authentic Randy Bullock Jersey</strong>, Mills defended him. The friends don’t talk in-season, because they play for division rivals. They will hang out in the offseason,<strong>Authentic Trey Hopkins Jersey</strong>, Mills said, but that friendship goes out the windows two Sundays a year.
” the physical 6-foot Mills said jokingly. “You’re out there to make plays.”,<strong>Authentic Clayton Fejedelem Jersey</strong>,“We’re not brother-in-laws out there
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He performed well as a rookie, appearing in all 16 games last year, credited with seven passes defensed. Mills, impressed the Eagles immediately. He never backed down from a challenge, who arrived with green hair and was often seen wagging his finger at opponents so they would remember him, never let a poor performance shake him. His confidence never wavered.
“His mind was always in the right place,” veteran safety Malcolm Jenkins said. “He was drafted in the seventh round. In his mind, he takes it personal, he’s a first-round talent. He’s always wanting [to take on] the best receivers out there. He wants to be the best. And when he’s not regarded as such, and it reflects in the way he goes about working.
and he came in the door with it.”,“I think that’s the mentality of a veteran. Most people take a while to develop that
A year later, he is being asked to make a major leap. The No. 2 cornerback on a team with playoff aspirations when the season began, he limited dynamic game-breaker Tyreek Hill to four catches for 43 yards., <strong>Authentic Darqueze Dennard Jersey</strong>, Mills is now the No. 1 guy until Ronald Darby returns from a dislocated ankle. In Sunday’s loss to the Chiefs
Now he will have to handle Beckham, who should be more of a factor after making his regular-season debut Monday night in the Giants’ loss to the Lions. Playing on a sore left ankle,<strong>Womens Randy Bullock Jersey</strong>, he annihilated the Eagles,<strong>Womens Trey Hopkins Jersey</strong>, Beckham made just four catches for 36 yards. A year ago, catching 15 passes for 196 yards and two touchdowns in the two games the rivals split.
It was one of the reasons the Eagles traded for Darby,<strong>Authentic Brandon LaFell Jersey</strong>,Mills will be given the brunt of the assignment against his former college teammate., who handled Beckham well in his 2015 matchup with him while with the Bills. But Sunday
“It’s a challenge,<strong>Womens Darqueze Dennard Jersey</strong>, but at the same time, you have to accept those big challenges, if you want to be the best,” he said. “It’s one of those I’m looking forward to.
he’s going to give me his best. I have to be ready for it.”,<strong>Womens Clayton Fejedelem Jersey</strong>,“I know when he’s out there
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