Jalin Hyatt switches to Odell Beckham’s Giants No. 13

Shortly after being selected by the Giants in this year’s draft, wide receiver Jalyn Hyatt received a video message from Odell Beckham Jr. “Don’t break all my records in your rookie year.”

Hyatt will match at least one of OBJ’s jersey numbers, officially changing from number 84 to number 13 for the first NFL campaign. The jersey number is the number Beckham wore during his five glorious seasons with the Giants from 2014 to 2018.

Wide receiver David Sills wore the number 13 jersey last season and during training camp until it was cut this week.

“I grew up an Odell fan and he was always an Odell fan. [favorite] He’s my receiver,” Hyatt said Wednesday after practice in East Rutherford. “But it’s not even the number he wore that made me want to wear it.

“I want to start my own legacy with this 13, and I think that’s why I roll with it.”

Hyatt, a Giants third-round pick from Tennessee, met Beckham for the first time in Atlantic City during the pre-draft process and joked, “At first I was surprised he knew me.” Ta.

But Hyatt certainly knew Beckham, who in 2014 became the first NFL rookie to record at least 90 receptions and 10 receiving touchdowns.

Jalyn Hyatt caught a pass in the new No. 13 jersey at Giants practice Wednesday.
Corey Shipkin of the New York Post

It was also the first of four of Beckham’s five seasons with the Giants before he was traded to the Browns in 2019 with 1,000 receiving yards.

The three-time Pro Bowler is trying to make a comeback with the Ravens this season after tearing his ACL during Super Bowl LVI against the Rams in February 2022.

“What he did here, what he had a great career here when he was with the Giants, it was like a direct carry-on. I was a fan,” Hyatt, 21, said. “I like low numbers. My college number was 11, but it’s abolished here [for Phil Simms]And I thought 13 would be a good option.

“I am excited to be out in week one as I have decided to make a change.” [against the Cowboys] Put on that jersey and do what I do. “

During training camp, Hyatt showed the ability to go deep, something the Giants’ receiving corps lacked last season. He finished the preseason slate with five receptions for 31 yards and one touchdown in three games.

“I think he’s made a lot of progress and I think he’s worked hard for it,” quarterback Daniel Jones said Wednesday. “A huge credit to him and how he has approached his job. He has made remarkable progress and has been playing well all camp. keep working hard and he’s in a good position.”

Jalyn Hyatt told media on Wednesday.
Jalyn Hyatt told media on Wednesday.
Corey Shipkin of the New York Post

Jones added that while the acclimation period isn’t always smooth and immediate for rookie receivers, Hyatt was impressed with their willingness to learn and adapt.

“For any rookie, it’s just a matter of learning NFL offense, passing concepts, running routes, and so on,” Jones said. “For all rookie receivers, it’s very different from what they’re used to.

“So I think that’s the big thing: learning the concept, learning the details from playbooks and routes, how to deal with certain looks, how to deal with space in the zone and man coverage. And he’s learning it all.”

Odell Beckham Jr. wearing Giants number 13
Odell Beckham Jr. wore number 13 with the Giants
Anthony J. Kaushi

Hyatt also believes he “has seen a lot of improvement” in the games between May’s rookie minicamp and his upcoming NFL debut on Sept. 10.

“It starts with the guys we play against in practice every day. We have great competitors. It starts with habits and I’ve learned some good habits here,” Hyatt said. “With the movie room and the DJs, I’m just trying to connect with everything, get myself in rhythm, get used to playbooks and offenses, and do whatever they ask of me.”

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