Odell Beckham Jr. says don’t count him out for season opener

Odell Beckham Jr. has not practiced since injuring his ankle on Aug. 21, but the Giants receiver is still hopeful to play Sunday against the Cowboys.

“I wouldn’t count it out,” Beckham told reporters Wednesday. “My heart, it’s just not going to make this easy, so I can say it’s a day-to-day thing, really trying to get better. It’s been two weeks, so I’m itching, I’m itching, but just patience and trusting.”

“We think by having the player and the examining physicians and athletic trainers in the tent, we’ll get a better concussion screening examination done and it’ll improve our ability to diagnose and detect these injuries on the sideline.”

On if it will be difficult to adapt to a new defense: “No, I don’t think so. Not too much. I played with (former Steelers secondary coach and Browns defensive coordinator) Ray Horton. We had the same defense, and I played with him twice.”

From celebrations to a long list of funny quotes during his chats with the media, Bennett hasn’t been one who tries to blend in. And his laughably small shoulder pads are no different.

Coach on the hot seat: Marvin Lewis, Bengals — Lewis is firmly on the hot seat after the Bengals went 6-9-1 last season. Despite taking the Bengals to the playoffs seven times and winning four AFC North titles in his 14 years as the team’s coach, Lewis has not won a single playoff game. The Bengals don’t appear to be in a position to contend with the Ravens and Steelers atop the division this year and that could mean the end of Lewis’ tenure in Cincinnati.

Falling: Bengals — The Bengals had an underwhelming offseason coming off last year’s disappointing season. They didn’t do much in free agency and got some boom-or-bust draft picks in wide receiver John Ross, running back Joe Mixon and pass rushers Jordan Willis and Carl Lawson.
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