The New York Giants have officially started the first day of football season on Monday, headlined by the appearance of star receiver Odell Beckham Jr.
Beckham didn’t attend last year’s OTA’s, choosing to stay in California to train with Chris Carter. This time around, he’s ensuring the organization that he’s dedicated to being with his teammates and inspiring them to live up to their true potential.
Head coach Pat Shurmur was asked several questions before the start of the new league year, so let’s dive into some of his responses:
“We’re looking forward to having the guys back…this gives us an opportunity to work with the players and set a new direction heading into 2018.”
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This is the first time Shurmur has had the opportunity to speak and interact with his players due to a CBA rule that restricts communication during the offseason.
“We’re trying to grow away from last season and grow into a team that’s competing to get into the playoffs, compete for the division, and compete for the Lombardi Trophy.”
If there was any question of the Giants going through the process of a complete rebuild, this should answer your question, and the signing of a $10 million per-season linebacker should also back up that sentiment.
Shurmur on OBJ:
“I really believe Odell is a professional. He wants to be great. He understands the importance of the offseason. He’s a competitive guy…I’m glad he’s here today.”
Beckham Jr. attending OTA’s is a great first step for the new regime, as they expect the most out of him and to lead his team in all facets of the game. Shurmur believes he’s a true professional, and they likely made it clear that they want him to raise his game off the field to earn the money he desires.
With only 18 days until the NFL draft, the Giants will be working hard to evaluate their strengths and weaknesses. The next few weeks will be integral to the draft process and will ultimately decide what they do with the No. 2 overall pick. This is Davis Webb’s audition, and depending on what he shows on the field will determine the future of the Giants.