New York Giants head coach Pat Shurmur expects Odell Beckham Jr. at minicamp and thinks he may be cleared.
New York Giants head coach Pat Shurmur is optimistic about seeing Odell Beckham Jr. on the field at minicamp. According to Ralph Vacchiano of SNY via Twitter, not only does he expect the star wide receiver to attend the mandatory camp, it’s possible that Beckham will be fully cleared to participate.
Pat Shurmur says he expects WR Odell Beckham will be at mini-camp next week (it’s mandatory). He also said it’s “possible” Beckham will be fully cleared to participate.
— Ralph Vacchiano (@RVacchianoSNY) June 4, 2018
Beckham is working his way back from a season-ending ankle injury that limited him to four games last season. In those four games, he caught 25 passes for 302 yards and three touchdowns. The Giants offense struggled to create yards and points without the dynamic playmaker.
Getting Beckham on the field will be huge for the Giants, as they need him to be a big part of their offense. He’ll need to get acclimated to the new offense and reacquire his chemistry with quarterback Eli Manning. Minicamp is a great place for that to start.
It’s been a long offseason for Beckham, who was caught in a compromising position in a hotel, was floated in trade rumors, and had to deal with reports that he wouldn’t step on the field without a new contract.
However, that didn’t stop him from attending several of the OTAs the team held, in which he was a limited participant. It should be noted that this occurred despite reports that he and the team have not been engaged in contract talks.
All indications show that Beckham has seemingly decided to ignore the off-field issues and worry about playing football. By doing this, he’s sending a signal to Shurmur, general manager Dave Gettleman, and his teammates that he’s all in on getting back to the playoffs.
Having Beckham back will surely help the Giants, as the young receiver has been a star since entering the league. In four seasons, he has 313 receptions for 4,424 yards and 38 touchdowns.
His 108.8 yards per game in his rookie season of 2014 led the NFL. He was voted to the Pro Bowl in three straight seasons from 2014-2016.
His potential return in minicamp will be a big step on the Giants road back to the playoffs.