Odell Beckham Jr. and Jarvis Landry might have some kind of cool, one-handed catch show planned for the pregame portion of Monday Night Football this week, when Beckham's New York Giants visit Landry's Miami Dolphins, or they could just be messing with us. Only they really know for sure, and the two of them have the kind of relationship where they don't feel they'd have to tell anyone what they're up to.
"I think it was junior year of high school, but since the minute we met, there was something about us that just ... I don't know how to describe it," Beckham said Wednesday. "We just knew immediately what the relationship was and what the connection was and we just went from there. It went from me driving down on the weekends to spend the weekend with him and him coming to New Orleans. Whatever the case may be, it's definitely been a wonderful relationship."
The two met at a football camp when they were both in high school in Louisiana. At the time, Landry was the better known of the two, in part because Beckham was at the smaller Isidore Newman School while Landry was starring at Lutcher. Landry had been told about Beckham but didn't realize how good he was until he saw him in person at that camp in Alabama. Since that time, they've pushed and watched each other closely.
"I think what he does in pregame now is amazing to the world," Landry said. "But to me and a couple of other people, we see him do these things all the time, on a regular basis. There's more left in there, and he'll bring it out when it's necessary."
Landry said the LSU coaching staff made a "freak catch tape" of Beckham's and Landry's practice highlights when the two were in school there. Landry said he misplaced the one copy he had and has tried to get a new one, but that they're rare.
"We had our fair share of crazy catches," Beckham said. "I mean, he had two one-hand catches back-to-back years against Arkansas, two ridiculous catches. In practice, I mean, words really don't do it justice. I can't even sit here and try to give you a good enough picture. It's something that you just have to see, the things he was doing as far as being able to catch the ball."
It's a mutual admiration society, but the relationship goes well beyond their shared appreciation of each other's ability to catch a football. Bring up Landry with Beckham and he opens up in a way you seldom see.
"It's hard to describe it," Beckham said. "It's not just typical receiver competitiveness, where you're really comparing the numbers. I just want to see him be the greatest receiver of all time, and I think it's the same for him with me. We're going to push each other to be the best we possibly can. I've definitely been so happy just to be able to see all the hard work and things that we were doing pay off."
They both said Wednesday that they would root for each other as much as the competitive environment Monday permits. ("I hope they do a great job at containing or doing whatever they need to do, but at the same time, I always love seeing him succeed," Beckham said.) And they both hinted at the idea of putting on some kind of pregame show.
"We're thinking about it," Landry said. "We're thinking about it. We'll get together earlier that day before the pregame and we'll put something together."
The ESPN cameras will surely be following them closely to see whether they're telling the truth or just trying to get everybody fired up. But one thing's for sure -- before and after Monday's game, Beckham and Landry will have a lot to say to each other about it.