Collins on facing ex-teammate Beckham Jr.: ‘It’s going to be fun’ originally appeared on NBC Sports Washington
The FaceTime call came from Browns wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr., who Collins and the rest of the Washington defense have been watching plenty film on this week to prepare for their Week 3 matchup against Cleveland.
Beckham and Collins are good friends, dating back to their days when they were teammates with the New York Giants. The two have remained close and train with one another during the offseason, despite each heading different directions.
Sunday will mark the first time Beckham and Collins face one another at the NFL level. While the safety is looking forward to seeing Beckham this weekend, he also knows the challenge that lies ahead for Washington's defense in terms of slowing down the game-breaking wideout.
"He's a great, talented athlete. Phenomenal," Collins said. "When the ball is in his hands, he can do whatever."
In each of Washington's first two games, they've allowed a pass play of 50-plus yards. Beckham, one of the NFL's best downfield threats, is a prime candidate to exploit the Burgundy and Gold's breakdowns in coverage if they continue Sunday.
Collins knows what Beckham is capable of and will do whatever he can to make sure No. 13 doesn't beat Washington over the top.
"At the end of the day, you've just got to keep an eye on him and make sure he doesn't beat us deep," Collins said. "He's a deep threat, he's going to attack the ball and make big plays."
Besides being two of the highest-paid players at their positions, both Beckham and Collins are some of the biggest competitors in the NFL. So come Sunday, expect both of them to put their friendship aside for 60 minutes when they step in between the white lines.
"It's going to be fun," Collins said. "Miss my bro, but at the same time, we're on different sides now. He's the enemy."