Odell Beckham Jr. says he ‘love-hates’ the Patriots

Odell Beckham Jr. New York Giants
Odell Beckham Jr. reacts during an NFL game against the Atlanta Falcons. –Brad Penner/AP

Giants wideout Odell Beckham Jr. has never played against the Patriots. The second-year receiver arrived well after tension over Super Bowl XLII and XLVI had subsided. And yet, he’s already got polarizing feelings about the New England franchise.

“I’ve loved-hated the Patriots for a long time,’’ Beckham Jr. told Newsday.com Thursday. “I respect everything that they’ve done and everything they do year in and year out as far as being one of the top teams in the league. They get the job done, they win championships. But on the other end, they’ve beaten all the teams that I like.’’

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Since the Giants selected Beckham in the first round of the 2014 NFL Draft, the Patriots have won 23 games, including Super Bowl XLIX.

“You hate them because nobody was really beating them, and you love them because no matter what they go through, even what they’ve gone through this year [with DeflateGate] to see how they’ve come out, they play football,’’ Beckham said. “There’s something about it I admire. But it’s still one of my least-favorite favorite teams of all time.’’

Beckham has 59 receptions for 759 yards and seven touchdowns, and is well-known for his effortless one-handed grabs. Bill Belichick acknowleged Beckham’s propensity to make highlight-reel plays, but also touted his “quickness’’ and “open-field running ability.’’

Belichick, as always, has done his homework, as the 23-year-old wideout is 11th in the league with 271 yards after the catch.

“It makes me wonder, like, how much has he really watched?’’ Beckham said. “For someone to pick me and put that characteristic as the thing that they notice most means they’re probably watching a lot of film. I’m sure he does.’’

It’s not necessarily good news for Beckham Jr., as Belichick’s defenses have made a habit of shutting down the opposition’s best offensive weapon. For the Giants, that player is likely Beckham Jr.

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