Odell Beckham Jr.‘s received clearance to work out with the Giants, and the superstar wide receiver has expanded his drill repertoire since OTAs. But Beckham still has a bit of progress to make before being full-go.
The fifth-year wideout is running routes after bypassing that portion of practices at OTAs, per Jordan Raanan of ESPN.com. Although Pat Shurmur said Beckham has been cleared for minicamp work, New York’s top weapon is not participating in team drills.
Upon clearing Beckham, the Giants hoped he would be able to participate in some team work this week, Josina Anderson of ESPN.com tweets, but he’s being held out of such activity. Anderson reports Beckham’s preference is to abstain from team reps this week and continue his progression, with the obvious goal to return to 11-on-11 work come training camp. Beckham has reported to the Giants, taking the opposite route of 2014 first-rounders Aaron Donald and Khalil Mack, but the ankle injury that ended his 2017 season will still limit him.
The Giants and Beckham are on the same page regarding this process, Kimberly Jones of NFL.com tweets, adding this course of action has been the plan since April.
“Cleared to practice. Cleared to practice. Let’s not worry about it,” Shurmur said. “He’s cleared to practice, and that’s what he was doing. … He’s out there practicing. If you all wanna count the reps, go ahead. But he was out there practicing. He’s cleared to practice. … I don’t necessarily think it helps anybody to play the word game here.”
Beckham remains in pursuit of a likely landmark extension, which is likely affecting the measured progression here. He’s one of several 2014 draftees in that boat presently.
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