Odell Beckham Holds his injured leg at practice on Sunday. (photo credit: Bobby O’Hara/PuresportsNY)
Sunday afternoon’s training camp practice started off like any other aside from the fact that it was held in the Quest Diagnostic Center due to rainy conditions. Team stretching gave way to position group drills and finally the first, second and third teams began to run plays. That was until Odell Beckham Jr. came up lame as he tried to make a catch on a deep route down the left sideline against Janoris Jenkins. It turned out that while trying to make the reception the two players’ legs got tangled, leading to Beckham’s lower left leg injury. At coach Ben McAdoo’s press briefing after practice, he said, “He got cleated and he has a cut or two. He’s probably going to be sore for a couple of days.” When pressed for more details McAdoo added, “At this point, that’s all I have.”
When Odell stepped to the podium he spoke on what occurred, “Just stepped on, tangled up. Competitive guys, we’re going at it in practice, nothing too bad. Just take it day by day, let it take its course.” It still isn’t clear when Beckham will return, “That’s not my call. If it feels like that, then it feels like that. We just take it day by day.” For now the Giants can breathe a sigh of relief as it appears they dodged what could have been a much more serious situation. Beckham is a bonafide playmaker who is expected to produce big numbers and the Giants cannot afford to lose him to injury. (Through two seasons: 187 Receptions, 2755 Yards, and 25 Touchdowns ) The team has Monday off before returning to practice on Tuesday for the first training camp practice with full pads.
Also of Note:
Victor Cruz didn’t practice as much today during 11 on 11 snaps. According to coach Ben McAdoo, “We dialed back his load today. He did work, he finished practice and he got the number of reps we were looking for him to get today.” Once the team is practicing in full pads this week it will be interesting to see how Cruz responds. The wide receiver position is one that has multiple players battling for a roster spot. The play of Roger Lewis, Myles White, Geremy Davis, Tavarres King among others will be worth watching as the pads come on.
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Dan Evans is a Contributing Writer for PureSportsNY.com You can find him on Twitter at @DanEvansPSNY