New York Giants rookie wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. is expected to be a key part of the Giants passing attack next season, especially since new offensive coordinator Ben McAdoo will be passing the ball more often. OBJ will be asked to clear other receivers out by using his vertical speed on deep routes, but the Giants passing attack will be built more on quick passes. Beckham Jr. can win inside or outside and on deep routes or short routes, so he can turn those quick hits into big gains with his electrifying ability after the catch. This versatility makes him an intriguing piece, even if he will only start out as the No. 3 receiver.
During the first day of training camp yesterday, Beckham Jr. left practice with an injury, and Ralph Vacchiano of the New York Daily News tweets that Giants GM Jerry Reese stated Beckham “tweaked” his hamstring during yesterday’s practice. This is worth noting, because Beckham Jr. stated that he battled a hamstring injury during the spring and wasn’t willing to state that it is 100%. After aggravating it yesterday, it’s clear that it isn’t at full strength.
Hopefully this hamstring injury doesn’t become a lingering issue, but hamstring injuries have a tendency to be just that. The Giants will most likely limit OBJ’s physical reps, but he’ll still be put to the task mentally. Injuries to rookies are especially tough, because they need to soak up every single reps in a new league and get familiar with their new teams. I don’t have any worries for OBJ going forward, though, because I think he is an excellent receiver and has the tools to make an immediate impact and the upside to develop into a star.