While Odell Beckham Jr. hasn’t been an active participant at Giants practice (hamstring) since July 22nd, the rookie wide receiver was altogether missing from the premises on Monday afternoon. Star-Ledger beat writers Conor Orr and Jordan Raanan have reported, according to sources with knowledge of the injury, that Beckham was undergoing tests on his lingering hamstring issue — the results came back negative. He is expected to miss at least another week of practice time, and Beckham will be a no-go for Sunday night’s Hall of Fame Game.
Unfortunately, Giants Nation will have to wait a while to get their first taste of “eye candy” Odell:
Hamstring injuries, even apparent minor ones, need to be handled with kid gloves. It’s when a player pushes the “tweak” too soon that the word “tear” can enter the equation. The Giants desperately want to get their prized prospect back on the practice field, but they understand recovery is the utmost priority. Still… that understanding hasn’t prevented Tom Coughlin from venting his frustrations:
“It’s more than that,” Coughlin said after Sunday’s practice. “We’re trying to put a team together. We saw too much of that in the spring.”
“He actually looks pretty good out there moving around,” Coughlin said. “We just hope it’s a real short period of time.”
“We’re not going to let him go if he’s in danger of hurting himself. That’s all there is to it,” Coughlin said. “I can stand here and fight all I want. It’s not going to matter.”
In time, the talent and versatility of Beckham will translate into productivity on the field. That is IF he can remain on it for any extended period. Six weeks away from the season opener, however, the former LSU standout has work to do in order to climb up the depth chart and supplant WR3 Jerrel Jernigan. Not to mention climbing out of coach Coughlin’s doghouse. Unless you get style points for snatching punts one-handed, Beckham hasn’t done himself any favors to this point in camp.