The Jets Take on Odell Beckham Jr. (and the Other Browns)

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. — Jets safety Jamal Adams was a high school recruit visiting Louisiana State University the first time he met Odell Beckham Jr.

Beckham, then an L.S.U. junior and Adams’s host for the visit, had already established himself as one of the best wide receivers in the Southeastern Conference, and Adams would soon do the same at safety. He remembers his host’s wardrobe on the day they met: a white silk shirt, black leather pants and Timberland boots.

“I’ll never forget it,” Adams said after the Jets practice on Thursday. “It was definitely different.”

Adams ended up at L.S.U. in the fall of 2014 but never played with Beckham, who left college for the N.F.L. draft that spring.

The two will meet each other on an N.F.L. field for the first time on Monday night, when the Jets (0—1) face off against the Browns (0-1) in Beckham’s grand return to MetLife Stadium, which he called home for five colorful seasons as a Giant.

Adams said “without a doubt” that his onetime host would be looking to make a statement on his old stomping ground.

“He’s the best receiver in the game,” Adams said, adding, “It’s no friends on the field, he obviously knows that.”

Beckham, who was traded to the Browns in March, characteristically stirred things up this past week, accusing Jets defensive coordinator Gregg Williams of instigating dirty play during a preseason game two years ago, when Williams was Cleveland’s defensive coordinator. Beckham claimed that Browns players told him that Williams had instructed them to try to hurt him; Beckham sustained an ankle injury.

Williams was suspended for the 2012 season because of his role in the New Orleans Saints’ bounty scandal, in which defensive players were paid to injure their opponents. At a news conference on Friday, Williams dismissed Beckham’s remarks.

“Never done it anywhere I’ve been,” Williams said. Ultimately, he said the news media should ignore Beckham’s claim.

“You guys are cooperating, giving him attention,” Williams said. “Just don’t give him attention.”

It has generally been difficult to do that, as Adams learned immediately on his college visit. In his time with the Giants, Beckham had 390 receptions for 5,476 yards and 44 touchdowns, including spectacular one-handed catches that became his trademark.

“Last week was last week,” Adams said. “We lose one and the world ended, obviously. Am I lying? The world kind of ended.”

“It’s the N.F.L., next man up,” Anderson, who caught only three passes for 23 yards in Week 1, said. “We’re going to hold it down.”

On defense, the Jets will be without two of their top players; linebacker C.J. Mosley, who left Sunday’s game with a groin injury, and defensive end Quinnen Williams, the third overall pick in the 2019 draft, who left with an ankle injury.

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