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Odell Beckham Jr., Jordan Matthews exchange jerseys after Eagles-Giants game

Respect between rookie rivals.

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Philadelphia Eagles' Jordan Matthews and New York Giants' Odell Beckham Jr. are rivals by definition, but the two rookie receivers actually share a special bond. Matthews and Beckham Jr. first formed a friendship during their SEC days, and that friendship hasn't worn thin. In a cool gesture, the two receivers exchanged jerseys following the Eagles' 34-26 win over the Giants in the Week 17 season finale.

Both players put on strong performances in their final games as rookies. Beckham Jr.'s finished with 12 receptions for 185 yards and one touchdown. His lone score involved a DeSean Jackson-like backwards strut into the end zone, and he let reporters know the resemblance wasn't by accident. Matthews doesn't quite have the flash of Beckham Jr., but the Vanderbilt alumnus finished with eight receptions for 105 yards and one touchdown.

Beckham Jr. and Matthews are just two players from a 2014 NFL Draft class that was loaded at wide receiver. Each player is bound to be headache for opposing defenses for years to come, but it's cool to see they share a relationship despite their enemy status.

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