EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - OCTOBER 08: Odell Beckham #13 of the New York Giants runs in for a touchdown during their game against Los Angeles Chargers at MetLife Stadium on October 8, 2017 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images)

For the first time since early on in OTAs, New York Giants superstar wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. was back on the practice field.

Despite general manager Dave Gettleman stating that Odell Beckham Jr. has a clean slate, there has been much speculation surrounding his future with the Giants.

But any time it’s been mandatory that he appears at the Giants training facility, he’s been there and Tuesday was no different as he was present at the Giants’ first day of mandatory minicamp.

He didn’t participate in 7 on 7 or 11 on 11 drills, but he did participate in receiver drills, ran routes, and fielded punts at the end of practice.

Following practice head coach Pat Shurmur said Beckham has been cleared to practice but didn’t get into detail on if he’s fully cleared to participate in offense versus defense drills.

Below are the questions that were posed to Shurmur regarding Odell and his answers.

Q: Last week, you said that Odell was pretty close to being fully cleared. Is he cleared?

A: He was out there today. He was cleared to train and he did a good job.

Q: If he was cleared, how come he didn’t do team drills?

A: Well, everyone is at different phases of their training and he was like a couple other guys that didn’t do some teams drills, but he’s cleared. 

Q: Is he doing everything you cleared him to do and that you’re asking him to do?

A: Yeah, he did a good job today. He was cleared to be out there and he practiced and he did a good job.

 Q: When you say cleared.

A: Cleared to practice. Lets not worry about it. He is cleared to practice and that’s what he was doing.

Based on today and the fact that the Giants have only two more days of mandatory minicamp on Wednesday and Thursday, it’s unlikely that we’ll see Beckham participate in offense versus defense drills until training camp in July.

The good news is that he looked fast and crisp getting in and out of his routes, and showed no ill effect from the ankle he fractured in the Giants’ 27-22 Week 5 loss to the Los Angeles Chargers.

Shurmur wouldn’t say it straight-out but expect Beckham to fully participate in all football activities when training camp opens in July.


Jason's first love was football while growing up in northern New Jersey. For the past three years, he has covered the New York Giants, as well as several boxing events along the East Coast.