After watching the majority of training camp from the sidelines, rookie receiver Odell Beckham Jr. has finally been cleared to practice.
Beckham has been nursing a strained hamstring, and it’s good to see him finally get cleared to play football. Beckham has already missed the team’s first two pre-season games. Beckham’s injury has irked Tom Coughlin, but Coughlin is excited to have his talented rookie back. Coughlin said Beckham will be limited, unless he feels like he can do more.
“If he can do a little bit more maybe he’ll do a little bit more,” Coughlin said. “If he can’t then we’ll keep it strictly to individual.”
The return of Beckham to the practice field is an immediate improvement for the first team offense, as it struggled to find any rhythm through the air against Pittsburgh.
Beckham was described by a plethora of scouts as being the best route runner out of the entire rookie class. Before Beckham got hurt he was doing well and impressing coaches. Beckham will likely still be integrated into the first team reps, despite missing a substantial amount of time. The first official depth chart released listed Beckham as the backup to Rueben Randle. Jerrel Jernigan, who has taken most of Beckham’s reps in his absence, has failed to establish any real chemistry with Eli Manning, and has looked sloppy at times. It’s going to be intriguing to see what a healthy Odell Beckham is capable of doing for the New York Giants.