Seeing Odell Beckham Jr. on the first day of mandatory mini-camp was a blessing, and for the New York Giants, it was expected. The fifth-year wide receiver has done everything in his power to ensure his trust is out in the open and his dedication to the team is on full display.
Recently, Atlanta Falcons’ Julio Jones has decided to sit out of mini-camp as he awaits a big contract offer. While the media didn’t have a big field-day with that news, they still managed to put Beckham in a bad light.
According to head coach Pat Shurmur:
Pat Shurmur says Odell Beckham is doing “well” and has been “cleared to practice.” So why isn’t he doing team drills? “He’s out there practicing.” Will he do team drills this week? “We’ll see.”
— Ralph Vacchiano (@RVacchianoSNY) June 12, 2018
Additionally, Shurmur stated that his non-participation in team-drills has nothing to do with his contract but rather the state of his rehabilitation.
The Giants’ top wide-out will look to bounce back from a devastating broken ankle that ended his season early on in 2017. The injury ultimately began the Giants’ spiral and left quarterback Eli Manning out to dry. In the season ahead, optimism is at an all time high.
With the drafting of Saquon Barkley and the development of Evan Engram, the load on Beckham’s shoulders will be lessened.
Sterling Shepard stated in regard to OBJ’s injury, “I swear I forget that he got hurt sometimes.”
For an offense the ranked 31st in points last season (15.4 per game), they will reap the benefits of having several premium offensive weapons in the months ahead. With the upgrade of the offensive line and linebacker corps, the offense should see more time on the field and more flexibility with man coverage for Beckham.
By holding onto Eli Manning for another season, the Giants improve the chances of Beckham’s future success. Building a rapport and chemistry between two players takes months, if not years to perfect. If GM Date Gettleman decided to move on from Manning, he would inevitably set back his star receiver’s game at the same time.