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Long-time New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning says receiver Odell Beckham Jr. looks like his “old self” coming off the ankle injury.

New York’s mini-camp was a great sight for all Giants players and fans. Star wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. was able to run full-speed routes for the first time since coming off his ankle injury.

As many know, the Giants’ WR1 was placed on injured reserve last October after breaking his ankle in a Week 5 match-up against the San Diego Chargers.

When speaking with Jordan Raanan of ESPN, quarterback Eli Manning provided nothing but optimism for Beckham’s return:

“Odell looked healthy,” Manning said. “He was running routes full speed, making cuts and seemed to be his old self. So I’m excited about that and that he can go out there and run all the routes.”

The former LSU Tiger has been working non-stop to get back onto the gridiron. He recently worked out with Saquon Barkley, Sterling Shepard and Evan Engram in LA at the end of June.

“Those guys always work,” Manning mentioned. “Appreciate the work. Getting ready for the upcoming season.”

He’s also shown a brighter attitude as an individual off the field. With training camp beginning on July 25th, many thought Beckham would hold out; being that he’s in search for a new, more lucrative contract. However, in June, Beckham confirmed that he would be in attendance for camp with the Giants.

This is huge for all things Big Blue. Having OBJ back and healthy, with a new and improved mindset, the Giants can take that extra step towards turning around as an organization.

The connection between Eli and Odell will have to rekindle itself as well. But judging these comments from Manning, it seems probable the two stars will be ready come Week 1.

Ryan Honey is a staff writer and host of the Wide Right Podcast.