New York Giants: Odell Beckham Jr.'s Return Will Jump Start 1st-Team Offense

By Kenneth Teape
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It has been a slow training camp thus far for New York Giants 2014 first-round pick Odell Beckham Jr. He suffered a hamstring injury in late July, and has participated in very few things so far in training camp. He has also missed both preseason games, so the new-look Giants offense has yet to truly be seen.

There is good news finally regarding Beckham Jr. though, as head coach Tom Coughlin said he will be participating in individual drills Monday. This is a huge step forward for Beckham Jr. in his recovery, and the Giants will be happy to have him back.

Against the Pittsburgh Steelers on Saturday night, the first-team offense was not impressive at all. The outside spot in the formations that the Giants expect Beckham Jr. to occupy have been manned by Jerrel Jernigan through the first two games, and he has struggled mightily. The Giants have sorely missed the speed that Beckham will bring to the offense, something even more imperative now with David Wilson being forced into retirement because of his neck injury.

Once Beckham is back on the field, he will bring an added dimension to the offense that Jernigan, or any other receiver on the team, can bring. He can stretch the field for Victor Cruz and Rueben Randle to work underneath with curls, crossing patterns and slants.

But there is still a lot of work for Beckham Jr. to be done. He has missed a lot of practice time, and will need to be caught up to speed with everything that has been done in practice. It is hard to imagine him playing Saturday against the Indianapolis Colts with only a couple days of practice, but the sooner the better for Beckham Jr. and the Giants.

Kenneth Teape is a New York Giants writer for Follow him on Twitter @teapester725, “Like” on Facebook, or join his Google network

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