Coming off a devestating broken ankle in week 5 of the 2017 regular season, New York Giants star receiver, Odell Beckham Jr., is preparing to take full advantage of the remainder of the 2018 season.
If you’ve ever been seriously injured playing a sport, you likely know that it takes months of live-action to begin to trust that injured body part again. Beckham stated that he wasn’t going full force in fear of re-injuring the ankle he has rehabbed for over a year.
What the New York Giants should expect from Odell Beckham Jr. moving forward:
Going into week 10 against the San Fransisco 49ers, we should expect to see a more confident receiver in Beckham – one that’s willing to plant his foot in the dirt and take off running, otherwise falling seamlessly to the floor with little pressure.
So far on the year, Beckham has racked up a solid 785 yards and two touchdowns. His scoring totals have dipped exponentially, but we can blame stud running back Saquon Barkley for that abnormality. I would anticipate head coach Pat Shurmur getting OBJ more involved in the offense, giving Eli Manning his prime target back.
The first-half of the season saw Manning struggle to move the ball down field as he was constantly under pressure and seemed to lack the confidence to mentally progress through his reads. Moving forward, Manning should show a bit more poise.
Shurmur has opened up a dialogue between himself and Manning, making sure that the veteran knows he must play better or he’s in danger of being replaced. The Giants’ long-time passer knows he’s on his last leg in the NFL at this point, especially with a 1-7 record at the BYE week. Two straight seasons of mediocrity is not acceptable at the professional level, even more-so when you have talents like Beckham and Barkley on the field.