New York Giants fans will have to wait another week before the unveiling of rookie wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr., as head coach Tom Coughlin ruled him out for Saturday’s game against the Indianapolis Colts.
This week, Beckham continued to slowly acclimate himself into Giants practices since suffering a strained hamstring on the first day of training camp. He was previously designated to sideline route running but he recently started participating in individual drills. On Wednesday, Beckham even got some reps in during 11-on-11 drills and caught a touchdown pass.
The decision for Coughlin and New York was a close enough call that Coughlin waited until yesterday to rule Beckham out, so the rookie receiver seems to be right on the brink of a full return. However, Coughlin and the Giants smartly decided not to push Beckham’s progress and simply delay his preseason debut one more week.
It has been a frustrating offseason thus far for Beckham and the Giants since New York scooped up the LSU receiver in the first round of this year’s NFL Draft. Beckham’s hamstring issues began way back during OTAs and minicamp, immediately hampering his adjustment to the pro game.
The Giants took Beckham No. 12 overall with the expectation that he would be able to make an impact right away. Last season, New York sorely lacked another consistent option beyond Victor Cruz. Beckham has the speed and playmaking ability to be a serious threat on the outside. In Ben McAdoo‘s system, the Giants hope to use short passes to get Beckham out into open space where the highlight reel will, hopefully, be waiting.
With Cruz occupying the slot, New York would like for Beckham to start on the outside with Rueben Randle. Jerrel Jernigan has been getting reps in his absence in the meantime. Beckham seems to be very close to full strength but his audition won’t truly start until next weekend when the Giants take on the New York Jets.