Odell Beckham Jr. continues his path to full return

Posted Aug 13, 2014

Rookie WR Odell Beckham Jr. continued his path to a full return as he took reps in team drills Wednesday

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. – Odell Beckham Jr. gained about 10 yards today on a reception that might have been one of the most significant of the Giants’ training camp – simply because he made it.

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The 12th overall selection in this year’s NFL Draft has been sidelined most of camp because of a strained hamstring. But he has been steadily improving and in practice today he took reps in a team period for the first time in three weeks. His personal highlight was catching a pass from Curtis Painter in a green zone drill at the end of practice. More than the catch, Beckham made the correct read on the play.

“It was an in cut,” Beckham said. “I kind of had to read the defense to decide what I wanted to do. I just made the in cut. Painter threw it, I just tried my best to catch it and get in the end zone.”

“We like this, see more and more,” coach Tom Coughlin said. “He caught a nice ball over the middle … He has done more team plays and hopefully that will keep going.”


The Giants have big plans for Beckham as both a receiver and a return specialist. Beckham has been eager to return, but has followed the timetable set by the team’s medical staff.

“Every day is a step,” Beckham said. “Whether I’m out there or not, every day I’m getting better and just trying to get out there as fast as I can and help this team do whatever they need me to do.”

Early in the week, Beckham was participating in individual drills. Yesterday, he took snaps in the 7-on-7 passing portion of practice. Today, he graduated to team reps.


“It feels good to be out there,” Beckham said. “I know that I’m nowhere near where I want to be. You take steps every single day to get better and it’s something that, you know, us as football players have done for a long time, which is improve, a steady progression. I’m just trying to do my best.”

Will Beckham make his preseason debut Saturday against the Colts in Indianapolis?

“We will see,” Coughlin said. “I haven’t really talked to anybody about that. We will see about it.”


  • Coughlin said tackle Will Beatty will play for the first time against the Colts. Cornerback

    Trumaine McBride is also expected to play. Each player has practiced throughout camp. But because they had offseason surgery, they did not play in the first two games as a precaution.

    “(Beatty) will get the normal first time load,” Coughlin said.

  • Coughlin said little separation has developed among the tight ends, one of the most-scrutinized position groups in camp.

    “Some days they kind of stand out and on different days different people seem to be doing better,” Coughlin said. “We would like to see more consistency in the whole deal.”

    When he met the media yesterday, offensive coordinator Ben McAdoo cited Larry Donnell and Daniel Fells as tight ends who have caught his eye.

  • Wide receiver Jerrel Jernigan (knee) returned to practice…Defensive tackle Mike Patterson (shoulder) was in pads and took part in individual drills…Fullback John Conner (concussion) worked with the training staff on the side of the practice fields…Wide receiver Trindon Holiday (hamstring), running back Peyton Hillis (ankle/foot), cornerback Zack Bowman (knee), tight ends Fells (knee) and Xavier Grimble (hamstring) and linebacker Jon Beason (foot/PUP) did not practice.

  • Tomorrow’s practice will be the last of the season open to the public. The Giants will break camp after the workout. They will fly to Indianapolis on Friday.