Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Looking Forward to London

Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Looking Forward to London

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EAST RUTHERFORD - The opportunity to play in London appealed to Odell Beckham Jr. from the moment he learned the Giants would face the Rams across the pond this season.

"I took some visits to London this off-season, and did some things for NFL UK. I'm excited about the opportunity," Beckham said. "Just try to get better [health-wise] day by day."

Beckham is expected to be ready for Sunday's game against Los Angeles as he deals with a hip pointer in his left side and participated in a limited practice Thursday. Beckham is coming off his best game of the season Sunday against Baltimore, and said he felt better Thursday than he did Wednesday.

"Trying to get healthy enough to play this week," Beckham said. "Really, all I'm looking forward to."

Beckham already has visited London multiple times this calendar year, including a trip with rapper Drake, and the wide receiver came away impressed with the fans' passion for American football. He recalled seeing lots of Giants jerseys during his tours, and expects both teams will receive a lot of support.

The 23-year-old recreated his famous one-handed catch with Tottenham midfielder Erik Lamela by catching a soccer ball during a trip in July, and also showcased his soccer skills during his stay.

"The love they have for football over there - football, as in soccer, and what they are trying to do to integrate it into American football is pretty incredible," Beckham said before the Giants departed for London. "I feel like it is going to be a very welcoming reception for both teams as well. I think they are excited about it and we are looking forward to the opportunity as well."

Beckham certainly will be the star attraction of Sunday's game, and should suit up provided he does not have any setbacks in the next few days. Giants offensive coordinator Mike Sullivan said the team is "very optimistic" Beckham will be ready, and Thursday's limited practice was a good sign.

"He's been very focused in terms of assignments, and things we're going to want to do from a pass-game standpoint," Sullivan said. "He's in tune, he's focused, he's determined. We're hoping for the best."

Beckham torched the Ravens for 222 yards and two touchdowns on eight catches in last Sunday's 27-23 victory, and his huge day helped the Giants to their best offensive showing in three games. …

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