/With Odell Beckham Jr. Playing the King, the Jets Calculate a Checkmate

With Odell Beckham Jr. Playing the King, the Jets Calculate a Checkmate

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Odell Beckham Jr. will be the focus of the Jets’ defense Sunday, a rarity for a Giants receiver in the teams’ 45-year-old rivalry.

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — Week after week this season, players on teams preparing to face the Giants have braced themselves for a distinctive line of questioning from reporters. Compelled to appraise the Giants’ incandescent Odell Beckham Jr., opponents have responded with a mixture of genial regard, passive-aggressive reluctance or outward irritation.

As the Jets prepared last week to face the Giants on Sunday for the 13th regular-season game between the teams, it was hardly surprising when much of the conversation once again turned to Beckham, the 23-year-old who in 23 games of a two-year career has helped recast the image of the modern N.F.L. wide receiver. Increasingly, the likeness of someone at Beckham’s position would be a figurine of a player diving across an end zone, his…

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