Beck­ham, Nor­man avoid fight­ing words in dis­cussing feud

Daily Local News (West Chester, PA) - - SPORTS - By Tom Cana­van

EAST RUTHER­fORD, N.J. >> Odell Beck­ham Jr. and Josh Nor­man avoided any fight­ing words just days be­fore re­sum­ing their foot­ball feud.

Whether the Giants re­ceiver and the Red­skins corner­back can play nice on the field Sun­day when Wash­ing­ton comes to MetLife Sta­dium for an NFC East ri­valry game re­mains to be seen.

Both were rel­a­tively low-key in dis­cussing their up­com­ing first meet­ing since last De­cem­ber, when the two acted like kids try­ing to be the tough­est guy on the block. That was in a game be­tween the Giants and Carolina Pan­thers, Nor­man’s team un­til he signed with Wash­ing­ton as a free agent in the off­sea­son.

The game was an ugly low­light reel. The two pushed, shoved, took swings, wres­tled, had a cou­ple late hits and did a lot of trash talk­ing. The most fla­grant ac­tion came in the third quar­ter when Beck­ham de­liv­ered a div­ing hel­met-to-hel­met hit on All-Pro Nor­man while block­ing.

Beck­ham drew three per­sonal fouls and was sus­pended one game by the NFL for “mul­ti­ple vi­o­la­tions of safety-re­lated play­ing rules.”

The Giants’ big­gest re­ceiv­ing threat, Beck­ham was on his best be­hav­ior Wed­nes­day while dis­cussing any po­ten­tial prob­lem with Nor­man.

“Since then, I re­ally have learned a lot,” said Beck­ham, who was forced to sit out a game against Min­ne­sota. “You just have to take it. All you can do is learn from it. You can’t go back. If I could, I wouldn’t go back and change a sin­gle thing that hap­pened. That’s how life hap­pens. Things hap­pened for a rea­son and every­thing hap­pens for a rea­son.”

The 23-year-old 2014 first-round pick says the most im­por­tant thing is help­ing the Giants (2-0) win, a re­sult which would leave the Red­skins three games be­hind New York.

Nor­man says he is still work­ing on for­giv­ing Beck­ham for the hel­met-to-hel­met hit.

“That was last year,” he said. “I think things that hap­pen in the past stay in the past, whether they are here or not.”

An ESPN re­port out of Wash­ing­ton said Nor­man had been as­signed to play Beck­ham one on one every play ex­cept those in which the re­ceiver lined up in the slot. Nor­man said he didn’t get that memo, but he would not mind if that was the case.

“Heck yeah, why not?” Nor­man said. “Shoot man, that’s the com­peti­tor that’s in­side of me, man. I don’t shy away from no­body. Oh my gosh. When you go on Sun­day (it) reeks and oozes with con­fi­dence. I don’t bow down to no­body or their thoughts of me. I try to make my own. And when I do, I im­pose my own will. So I try to do that each and every time I step on the foot­ball field.”

Beck­ham leads the Giants with eight catches for 159 yards, a 13.3yard av­er­age.

“He’s re­ally a good player,” Nor­man said. “No hate what­so­ever, man. The guy can play ball. I think the com­peti­tor in me likes that. Just chal­lenged to get up for that.”

Giants coach Ben McA­doo doesn’t ex­pect an en­core from Beck­ham and Nor­man.

“I think they put on a great show,” the rookie head coach said. “You have two out­stand­ing com­peti­tors at the top of their game. Two premier play­ers in this league. I think they put on a great show for every­one.”

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