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06/18/14 - WR Odell Beckham, Jr., the Giants' first-round pick from LSU, finally returned to practice without limitations Wednesday for the first time after missing at least the last week and a half of OTAs with a balky hamstring.
Beckham, who was held out of the 11-on-11 portion of practice Tuesday, said after Wednesday's session that he is still only at about 85 percent with his hamstring, although he didn't seem slowed by the injury at all.
So what made head coach Tom Coughlin, who initially seemed content with letting Beckham sit out the rest of the minicamp, change his mind?
"When he came out of the locker room and sprinted from there to that car over there," Coughlin said, pointing to a car parked at least a football field away from the locker-room entrance. "I thought, 'Well, maybe he can run 20 yards today.'"
06/12/14 - WR Odell Beckham has been sidelined for at least a week with a hamstring strain.
Beckham told reporters after practice that he's feeling a lot better. "I was out there today running routes (with a trainer) and I feel pretty good."
However, he wasn't sure if he'd be given the green light to return to practice next week when the Giants hold their mandatory minicamp.
"I don't know. That's up to the trainer, but I'm pretty sure I'll be up and running next week. I just know I'm looking forward to it and keep progressing day by day."
06/06/14 - WR Odell Beckham Jr, the Giants' first-round pick, was held out of practice due to some tightness in his hamstring.
Beckham told reporters that his ailment "wasn't a big deal;" however, head coach Tom Coughlin admitted that the rookie could miss a few days as a precaution.
05/11/14 - Giants add weapon to passing game...After placing a heavy emphasis during free agency on upgrading the defensive side of the ball, the New York Giants finally turned their attention to their "broken" offense in the first round of the NFL Draft. With the 12th overall pick, the Giant selected wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. out of LSU, an outside possession receiver. "We talk about the quarterback (Eli Manning) needing some help," said Giants general manager Jerry Reese. "He needs some weapons. (Beckham) is a weapon on the outside."
Interestingly, Beckham, who becomes the first receiver to be drafted in the first round by the Giants since 2009 when they took Hakeem Nicks out of North Carolina, is listed at 5-foot-11, 198 pounds, a size that usually isn't typical for the Giants, who tend to look for guys who are taller than 6-foot to play on the outside. Reese, however, didn't seem bothered by Beckham's lack of height and pointed to the defending Super Bowl champion Seahawks' receivers as a model that worked. "Look at the Super Bowl -how tall were those receivers?" Reese said of Doug Baldwin and Golden Tate, both of whom are listed at 5-foot-10. "Tall receivers don't always correlate to Super Bowl wins," Reese added. "Would you like to have a 6-foot-5 guy to run routes? Sure, but I don't think you have to have that to win the Super Bowl. The Seahawks showed that."
Beckham, who is also a return specialist, capped his three-year career for the Tigers with 143 receptions for 2,340 yards and 12 touchdowns. Beckham, whom Reese described as being "almost pro ready," will line up as an outside receiver for the Giants. Victor Cruz is projected to remain as the slot receiver and Rueben Randle and Mario Manningham will battle for the third receiver spot. - The Sports Xchange
05/11/14 - Besides being chosen in the first round of the 2014 NFL Draft, New Giants receiver Odell Beckham, Jr. has a few other things he can look forward to once he reports to begin work with his new team. For one, he'll be joining fellow receiver Rueben Randle, who played with Beckham for a bit while the two were at LSU. "My big brother," Beckham said of Randle. "He kind of taught me the ropes when I came into LSU and now I'm back with him again. It's pretty incredible."
Beckham will also have an opportunity to catch passes from quarterback Eli Manning, whose jersey he used to regularly admire during his time at Isidore Newman High School in New Orleans. "I remember walking through the school and seeing his jersey, along with Peyton's," Beckham said of Isidore Newman's most famous NFL alumni thus far. "Every single day it was just kind of motivation to me. I threw with them a couple times, so I know exactly what he has in store and what he has to offer. I'm really looking forward to getting back together with him." - The Sports Xchange