EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - DeSean Jackson is friends with Odell Beckham and he's a teammate of Josh Norman, so he knows all about the "hatred" they have for each other.
Still, he's hopeful that the two of them play a "clean" game on Sunday - nothing like the ugly, penalty-marred slugfest they had nine months ago.
"Hopefully it's clean and it's all on the field and they compete," Jackson said on a conference call with the New York media on Wednesday. "Hopefully it doesn't get any more serious than that. It's the game we play. We're able to take care of our families and put on for our last names that are on the jersey. As long as they go out and compete, a little friendly competition and hopefully it's nothing too serious, I'm good with that."
Of course no one is sure what to expect of Beckham-Norman II when the Giants play the Redskins on Sunday at the Meadowlands. When they played last December, when Norman played for the Carolina Panthers, they went at it so hard that they combined for five personal fouls and Beckham was eventually hit with a one-game suspension. Since then their hatred has been on display with on-again, off-again trash talk through the media.
There are also reports that Norman, who got a five-year, $75 million contract from the Redskins after the Panthers got rid of him this offseason, has already been told he'll shadow Beckham all game long - meaning there'll be plenty of chances for history to repeat.
But will it?
"I don't think anything will happen," Redskins coach Jay Gruden said on his conference call. "I think both players know their importance to their teams."
Jackson, for his part, said he's talked to both players about their on-going feud, "but it's something I don't want to be the middle of," he said. "I have a relationship with Odell, and I look at him like a younger brother in this league that's come in and done some great things. And as far as Josh, I'm just really getting to know him this year. Their relationship is kind of rocky. When I talk to them, it's not about each other. It's about personal things.
"They've got their hatred toward each other, or whatever you want to call that," Jackson added. "It's going to be a good matchup to watch this week. Josh has been playing pretty good this year. He's not giving up touchdowns, every time he's guarded top receivers he's done a good job. I'm excited to see that matchup this week. Hopefully they go out and everything is clean, and they keep it on the field."