New York Giants rookie wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. missed plenty of practice team earlier in training camp with a hamstring injury that he aggravated, as he initially suffered the injury in offseason workouts. Yesterday, Beckham Jr. was spotted pulling up “lame”, but a team official assured New York Daily News beat writer Ebenezer Samuel that nothing was amiss.
Well, that might not be the case, as Samuel reports today that Beckham Jr. is not practicing today. Giants beat writers have spotted him doing lunges and on the bike, but he isn’t taking punt returns or doing any actual practicing. This is a significant concern, because it’s likely a re-aggravation of the hamstring injury that’s causing OBJ trouble. Hamstring injuries linger, and the fact that they seem to be consistently hampering the LSU Tigers product is clearly not a good sign.
Hopefully he can get back on track shortly and stay healthy, but I could definitely see the Giants holding him out for a significant amount of time as a precaution. With the Giants still learning Ben McAdoo’s offense and taking some lumps, OBJ is well behind the curve. He has an advanced understand of an NFL route tree after running it with aplomb at LSU, but the lost time could hurt him at least as much as the injuries.
I think Beckham Jr. is a terrific player who should be an excellent weapon as a WR2 in this league, but he might not realize that as a rookie despite being pro-ready. We can only hope that these issues will subside, but he’s locked in as the WR3 behind Victor Cruz and Rueben Randle. The Giants need him to be healthy, because that’s still a key role in McAdoo’s offense and something Eli Manning needs in a bounce-back season.