The New York Giants drafted wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. in the first round of this year’s NFL Draft to give Eli Manning another weapon along the outside. However, New York’s first look at Beckham has been limited with the rookie receiver missing some time during OTAs due to a sore hamstring.
Beckham has been doing some running on the sidelines during practice and his absence from contact drills is most likely a precaution taken by the coaching staff. With still over two months before the start of the season, the Giants don’t want to take any chances with a young player they hope will be an integral part of their offense.
On the flip side, New York will surely not want to keep him off the field any longer than necessary, as Beckham will need time to get acclimated to an NFL offense and new offensive coordinator Ben McAdoo‘s system. The entire team has learning to do on offense and the Giants will not want their first-round draft pick to fall behind.
In Beckham’s place, Jerrel Jernigan has been getting some extra reps and has, reportedly, looked pretty good. Jernigan, who will be entering his fourth season with New York, kicked his straight jacket and exploded onto the scene over the last three games of the 2013 season. Jernigan racked up 19 receptions, 237 receiving yards and two touchdowns over that span. He also added a rushing touchdown on a 49-yard end-around.
Jernigan may have an extended role this season and help alleviate some of the pressure mounting on the shoulders of Victor Cruz and Rueben Randle. Either way, the Giants hope to have their concerns lifted and Beckham back in the rotation next week.