News / 15.06.2018 Odell Beckham Jr. looks good in return from injury
Minicamp was the New York Giants' opportunity to see star wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. cutting, running routes and catching passes at full speed from quarterback Eli Manning. They must have liked what they saw.
Beckham was running as if he didn't shatter his leg in October. (Note: He did.) But there didn't appear to be any hesitation or problems getting in and out of his cuts this week, when he was finally working at full speed.
Beckham looked good, and don't think coach Pat Shurmur and the Giants brass didn't notice. They were watching intently when Beckham stayed on the field for extra work with Manning on Wednesday. They noticed when Beckham and Manning had a private session on the side while the rest of the team was participating in live drills on Thursday.
It was as if nothing had changed for Beckham, who injured his ankle first in last year's preseason and then again in a Week 5 loss. He looked like his old self.
Beckham's comeback continues to trend in the right direction.
"Yeah, well obviously, anytime you catch a route from a quarterback, you learn something about one another. So, they've spent time together," Shurmur said. "I've noticed their relationship is real strong and that's typical of what players do. They work together.
"Odell's been able to do a lot here full speed and, as I mentioned, he's been cleared to practice. Guys that end the year with injuries come back at different rates and get involved with more and more of the drill work. So, for him to spend that extra time with Eli, I think is great."
For the Giants to see Beckham back to his old self on the field is maybe even encouraging. They were impotent offensively when he wasn't on the field last season. This was the latest benchmark reached in checking off all the boxes before the 25-year-old gets a new contract.
Beckham's desire to have a new deal has been well documented. He's done his job this spring, attending workouts and proving his reinforced ankle will not affect his long-term prospects.
The ball now sits in the Giants' court. Shurmur said after the final minicamp practice of the year that there is "no reason to believe" that Beckham shouldn't be able to do everything during training camp. He did not participate in any team or live drills during this week's minicamp despite being cleared medically by doctors.
But the business side likely first needs to be addressed. That's next on the agenda because Beckham proving his health was accomplished at minicamp.
Source: ESPN | Jordan Raanan | June 15, 2017