Pals Jarvis Landry, Odell Beckham Jr. look forward to primetime matchup

Odell Beckham Jr. and Jarvis Landry have discussed putting on a special exhibition before their teams meet on Monday night. Getty Images

The strong friendship and internal competition between receivers Jarvis Landry and counterpart Odell Beckham Jr. goes back to their junior year at different Louisiana high schools and grew further in college at LSU. Both arrived on campus playing the same position, and they became a dynamic duo before being drafted in the NFL in 2014 by the Miami Dolphins and New York Giants, respectively.

Two years later Beckham is one of the NFL’s brightest stars. He already surpassed the 1,000-yard mark for the second straight season with the Giants, and his series of one-handed catches have made Beckham one of the league's most popular players.

Meanwhile, Landry has become Miami’s best and most dependable wide receiver, although his stardom is not nearly at the same level of Beckham's. The national spotlight will be on both players when the Dolphins (5-7) host the Giants (5-7) on ESPN’s “Monday Night Football.”

“I’m looking forward to it a lot. It’s actually the first time taking the field on opposite sides,” Landry said Tuesday on a conference with New York media. “Having an opportunity to witness it first hand as I did, but as an opponent this time. I’m also his biggest fan on the opposite sidelines. At the same time, as much success that I want him to have, I just hope we get the W.”

Beckham echoed Landry’s sentiment for this game in a conference call with Miami media.

“This is a game that, I know you take it one game at a time, but it’s been marked on the schedule for a long time,” Beckham said. “Just an opportunity like this to play against my brother in the National Football League is something that, I don’t want to say I never imagined possible, but it finally being here is all so surreal.”

Ironically, Landry and Beckham enter this matchup with the same amount of receptions (78). But Beckham has 333 more yards and six more touchdowns than Landry.

Both players said they are rooting for each other to perform well on one of the NFL's big stages, but not well enough for their team to lose. Landry and Beckham have been in constant contact throughout the season and that will continue during preparation this week.

“Actually, we talk every day no matter what,” Landry said. “We Facetime every day, we text; me, him, [Cincinnati Bengals RB] Jeremy Hill. We are all just part of a group text. We talk literally almost every day and I don’t think that it’ll get to a point where he doesn’t hear from me. When he lands here I’m going to go get him from the hotel and take him to dinner. It’ll be good. It’ll be fun.”

Landry hinted earlier this year that the two receivers may put on a special catching exhibition for the fans at Sun Life Stadium before the Giants-Dolphins game. Landry said that is still a possibility.

“We’re thinking about it,” Landry said. “We’ll get together earlier that day before pregame and we’ll put something together.”