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Revis says Beckham needs to “step up to the challenge”

Darrelle Revis

AP

One of the best cornerbacks in the NFL will face one of the best receivers in the NFL twice this year, as the Jets and Giants prepare for an annual preseason game and a once-every-four-year regular-season battle of New York/New Jersey/whatever. And at a time when Giants receiver Odell Beckham Jr. realizes that he’ll be a target in 2015, Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis agrees -- but believes Beckham can overcome it.

He just has to step up to the challenge,” Revis said Wednesday, via Dom Cosentino of NJ.com. “He’s one of the best receivers in the league. He definitely is maybe a target for coaches to game plan, or maybe slide the coverages over his way, or maybe a safety, or maybe a double [team]. The guy did awesome last year. This comes with it, in years after. It’s something that he has to work at.”

In addition to all of that, Beckham is concerned that defensive backs will target him physically in lieu of playing the ball, subjecting Beckham to the kind of big hits he didn’t see very often (if at all) in 2015. Come November 6, he may not be getting hit hard by Revis but Beckham could find himself covered like he never has been covered before.