Odell Beckham Jr. attends New York Giants’ OTAs, still not fully cleared to practice


EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — Seven months after breaking his ankle in a Week 5 loss to the Los Angeles Chargers, New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. “looks good” despite not being fully cleared to practice, coach Pat Shurmur said.

Beckham was at Monday’s first organized team activity workout and warmed up with his teammates. He also participated in some individual drills before stepping off to the side with a trainer.

The star receiver ran smoothly and without a limp before spending the rest of practice watching from the sideline.

“Looks good. He’s out here moving around,” Shurmur said. “He’s chomping at the bit, wanted to get out and do more than we’re allowing him to at this point. We’re just trying to make sure everything is healed to the fullest before we put him out there.”

After Beckham ran at about 70 percent and caught a few passes during drills, Shurmur approached him in the middle of the field. Beckham didn’t take another rep after the chat. The three-time Pro Bowler hasn’t been cleared to participate in high-impact or team drills.

Beckham didn’t attend most of last offseason’s workout program. He has been hoping to land a new contract, even if there hasn’t been much progress. But Beckham is doing his part this spring to show that he is capable of being trusted by buying into the new regime’s program and attending practices.

Shurmur, who was hired earlier this year, is still happy that Beckham has attended a good chunk of the team’s voluntary offseason workouts. It’s valuable with them learning new offensive and defensive schemes.

“He can’t fully compete yet, [but] he gets a chance to see it,” Shurmur said. “And there is a lot to be learned by watching. It’s good to have him here.”

The only notable Giants player who did not attend Monday’s voluntary OTA was veteran defensive tackle Damon Harrison. Shurmur said Harrison has been at the facility some this offseason and he knew why Harrison wasn’t there this week.

Source : ESPN