New York Giants HC Pat Shurmur said he expects Odell Beckham Jr. at New York Giants mandatory minicamp this week.
Head coach for the New York Giants, Pat Shurmur expects wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. to be at mandatory minicamp. Shurmur mentioned to Bruce Beck on NBC’s Sports Final that “[Beckham] should be here this week. It will be good to see him.”
— Bruce Beck (@BruceBeck4NY) June 11, 2018
The former LSU Tiger is coming off an ankle injury suffered in Week 5 of the 2017 season against the San Diego Chargers. Undergoing surgery shortly after, this put a quick end to Beckham’s season. Therefore, he may not be able to fully participate yet in minicamp as he still hasn’t been medically cleared. However, he’s expected and should make an appearance with the team.
It’s a trend in the NFL for players to hold out in the offseason when looking for a new contract. And that’s exactly the position the star receiver is in. Now in the final year of his rookie deal, Beckham has mentioned in the past just how expensive of a player he intends to be. Last July, Beckham stated, “I believe that I will hopefully be not just the highest-paid receiver in the league, but the highest-paid, period.”
Through the offseason, Beckham has definitely made appearances for the Giants. He attended three workouts in the Giants pre-draft offseason program, along with three OTAs. Of course, that isn’t every OTA, but it’s definitely an improvement from when he attended zero OTAs in the 2017 offseason. However, it’s still imminent that Beckham is itching for that big payday.
“Because of the contract thing, he’s been out of the building,” Shurmur mentioned. “This isn’t the first time something like this has happened. What I do know is he has great instincts, he can learn what we are doing quickly and he’ll be ready to go.”
The Giants three-day minicamp begins Tuesday of this week until Thursday. Players, staff, personnel, and fans are all hoping Beckham will make an appearance. However, as far as the comeback of the injury and the contract situation, those are two things everyone will have to wait and see for the outcome.