Updates from Friday, Sept. 19
NJ.com's Jordan Raanan has the latest on Beckham's status:
Updates from Wednesday, Sept 17
Ebenezer Samuel of the New York Daily News reported on Beckham's status:
There are no guarantees that Beckham’s balky hamstring will allow him to play, but Tom Coughlin has yet to rule him out, a dramatic shift after weeks of expecting nothing from the receiver. It’s possible that Coughlin will ease the rookie into action, and Beckham may have to survive a few weeks of practice before playing, but his time seems to be coming.
Coughlin also spoke about Beckham prior to Wednesday's practice (via Paul Schwartz of the New York Post):
Coughlin says Odell Beckham will not practice this week, will continue to work on the side. Obviously won't play vs. Texans. #nyg— Paul Schwartz (@NYPost_Schwartz) September 17, 2014
Updates from Monday, Sept. 15
Ralph Vacchiano of the New York Daily News shared quotes from Tom Coughlin on Odell Beckham's status:
No timetable yet for Jerrel Jernigan's return. As for Odell Beckham, Coughlin said "They claim he's getting better."— Ralph Vacchiano (@RVacchianoNYDN) September 15, 2014
Updates from Sunday, Sept. 14
Ralph Vacchiano of the New York Daily News confirmed Odell Beckham will miss Sunday's game:
Giants inactives for today: WR Odell Beckham, LB Devon Kennard, OT James Brewer, DT Markus Kuhn, DT Kerry Wynn ...— Ralph Vacchiano (@RVacchianoNYDN) September 14, 2014
Updates from Friday, Sept. 12
Paul Schwartz of the New York Post provides an update on Odell Beckham's status:
“I can’t really give any percentages just ’cause it’s not all the way my decision,’’ Beckham said. “I guess you could say it’s 50-50.”
That’s the rookie in Beckham talking. In reality, it is far less than 50-50 he makes his NFL debut next week and it might be closer to 10-percent. Beckham, drafted in the first round to be a big-play receiver, looks fine running around the field but he has not completed a single practice with the Giants.
Updates from Monday, Sept. 8
Updates from Saturday, Sept. 6
Dan Graziano of ESPN provides an update on Odell Beckham's status:
Odell Beckham, Markus Kuhn and James Brewer officially OUT for Giants Monday in Detroit.— Dan Graziano (@DanGrazianoESPN) September 6, 2014
Updates from Monday, Sept. 1
Conor Orr of NJ.com provides Odell Beckham's status for today's practice:
Odell Beckham Jr. continued a familiar routine on Monday morning, leaving the herd after stretches to participate in a private workout with a member of the training staff.
The wide receiver, whose hamstring has kept him out for nearly the entire offseason and preseason, won't be completing his first full practice as a member of the Giants today.
That also means that any chance of seeing him play in the season-opener against the Detroit Lions is desperately slim.
Tom Coughlin later spoke about Beckham's status (via Ralph Vacchiano of the New York Daily News):
Will Odell Beckham practice this week? "I doubt that very much," Coughlin said. "He may be a couple, three weeks away."— Ralph Vacchiano (@RVacchianoNYDN) September 1, 2014
Updates from Sunday, Aug. 31
NBC Sports' Michael David Smith reports Odell Beckham's expected status for the Giants' season opener:
The Giants will likely open their season with their first-round draft pick where he has been throughout the preseason: on the sideline.
Giants coach Tom Coughlin indicated on Saturday that rookie receiver Odell Beckham, who is nursing a hamstring injury, isn’t expected to play in the Monday night opener against the Lions.
Jordan Raanan of NJ.com continued with a statement from Coughlin discussing Beckham's expected replacement on kick and punt returns, Preston Parker:
Coughlin: “Preston also has the PR/KR ability. Right now that’s very critical for us, because Odell Beckham was going to be the PR.” #giants— Jordan Raanan (@JordanRaanan) August 30, 2014
Updates from Monday, Aug. 25
Paul Schwartz of the New York Post reports on Beckham's status for the team's next game on Thursday night:
In case you were wondering, Odell Beckham Jr. will not play Thursday vs. Patriots.— Paul Schwartz (@NYPost_Schwartz) August 25, 2014
Coughlin on Beckham: "How about practicing before you play." #nyg— Paul Schwartz (@NYPost_Schwartz) August 25, 2014
Updates from Saturday, Aug. 23
Tom Rock of Newsday has the latest on Beckham's status:
TC not sure if Beckham will practice this week. Prince will do some running and could be back with the team.— Tom Rock (@TomRock_Newsday) August 23, 2014
Updates from Wednesday, Aug. 20
Ralph Vacchiano of the New York Daily News reported on Beckham's activity at practice:
Rookie WR Odell Beckham (hamstring) is not practicing, as expected. He's on a side field, playing catch.— Ralph Vacchiano (@RVacchianoNYDN) August 20, 2014
Earlier, Michael Eisen of Giants.com has the latest on Odell Beckham:
It was no practice, but no setback today for Odell Beckham Jr. But the end result is there will be no preseason debut Friday night for the Giants’ first-round draft choice.
Beckham, the fleet wide receiver from LSU, was idle after returning to practice last week. He has missed much of training camp with a strained hamstring. Beckham had hoped to play in a preseason game for the first time against the Jets, but must now point to the finale a week from tomorrow vs. New England.
“I don’t think Beckham hurt himself,” coach Tom Coughlin said after practice. “He was sore this morning.”
Beckham remains confident he is not dealing with a long-term issue.
“We have progressively built up my workload,” Beckham said. “I was sore this morning, and I didn’t work today because we didn’t want a setback, and I don’t consider this a setback. I see it as another step in getting back to full strength.”
Updates from Tuesday, Aug. 19
BigBlueBlitz.com provided an update on Odell Beckham's injured hamstring:
Odell Beckham Jr. is on the bike to start practice on Tuesday.
Beckham has been working back from a hamstring issue, but pulled up during drills on Monday.
Art Stapleton of The Record also reported on Beckham from Giants practice:
Beckham now working on side w/ trainer. Others not participating: Prince, Grimble, Holliday, Brewer, Hillis, Brown #NYG— Art Stapleton (@art_stapleton) August 19, 2014
Ebenezer Samuel of the New York Daily News provided more context on Beckham:
Word from Giants is absence of Beckham is not serious. Supposedly a rest day for his hammy— Ebenezer Samuel (@ebenezersamuel) August 19, 2014
Tom Coughlin also spoke about Beckham's status (via Jordan Raanan of NJ.com):
Coughlin starts out: No Beckham didn't hurt himself. He was sore this morning. Ruled out for Friday #giants— Jordan Raanan (@JordanRaanan) August 19, 2014
Conor Orr of The Star Ledger also weighed in on Beckham's status:
Beckham not being ruled a setback but, I mean, he was practicing and now is not practicing. So, that sounds like a setback. #nyg— Conor Orr (@ConorTOrr) August 19, 2014
Updates from Thursday, Aug. 14
Ralph Vacchiano of the New York Daily News provides an update on Odell Beckham's status:
Odell Beckham will not play Saturday, in Indy. "Not enough work (yet)," Coughlin said. They expect he'll play next week vs. Jets.— Ralph Vacchiano (@RVacchianoNYDN) August 14, 2014
Updates from Wednesday, Aug. 13
Paul Schwartz of the New York Post provides an update on Odell Beckham's injury:
Odell Beckham gets some snaps in 11 on 11 for first time since hurting hamstring. And caught TD pass.— Paul Schwartz (@NYPost_Schwartz) August 13, 2014
Following practice, Tom Coughlin spoke on Beckham's chances of playing in the Giants' next preseason game (via Patricia Traina of InsideFootball.com):
Coughlin said he isn't sure if Beckham will play Saturday yet.— Patricia Traina (@Patricia_Traina) August 13, 2014
Updates from Tuesday, Aug. 12
Odell Beckham spoke about his recovery before Tuesday's practice with Dan Graziano of ESPN:
"You don't want to open it up too much on the first day, so that definitely wasn't full-speed," Beckham said before Tuesday's practice. "But it does feel good to get back out there and catch a ball from a quarterback and not a JUGS machine."
Updates from Monday, Aug. 11
Following practice, Tom Coughlin spoke about Odell Beckham's return to practice and the plan for Tuesday (via Ralph Vacchiano of the New York Daily News)
Odell Beckham "did all right," Coughlin said. "Maybe they'll extend him a little bit tomorrow,"— Ralph Vacchiano (@RVacchianoNYDN) August 11, 2014
Earlier: Vacchiano reported on Odell Beckham's activity in practice:
Odell Beckham is in pads and on the field for individual drills, doing at least some of them.— Ralph Vacchiano (@RVacchianoNYDN) August 11, 2014
Ebenezer Samuel of the New York Daily News provides a statement from Coughlin discussing Beckham's return to practice today:
He is going to practice on an individual basis and then they are going to assess where he is.
Samuel also weighed in on if he thinks Beckham will play in the team's preseason game on Saturday:
Beckham likely won’t play this weekend against the Indianapolis Colts, but he does seem to be making progress. Last week, he did some light route-running, and Coughlin indicated that if things go well Monday, his workload could grow.
Updates from Saturday, Aug. 9
Jordan Raanan of NJ.com reported on Odell Beckham's status:
Odell Beckham Jr. (hamstring) actually catching some passes from Ryan Nassib and Curtis Painter right now. Progress. #giants— Jordan Raanan (@JordanRaanan) August 9, 2014
Updates from Thursday, Aug. 7
Paul Schwartz of the New York Post has the latest on Beckham:
Odell Beckham on his return: "Should be soon. I'm definitely getting close." Won't play Saturday vs. Steelers. #nyg— Paul Schwartz (@NYPost_Schwartz) August 7, 2014
Updates from Wednesday, Aug. 6
Art Stapleton of The Record provides an update on Odell Beckham's status from Giants head coach Tom Coughlin:
Dan Graziano of ESPN passes along more details:
Odell Beckham making progress. Coughlin says he could catch some passes today.— Dan Graziano (@DanGrazianoESPN) August 6, 2014
New York Giants top pick Odell Beckham Jr. remains sidelined as the team prepares for the Hall of Fame Game on Sunday night. The rookie wide receiver is struggling to overcome a hamstring injury that first popped up during OTAs.
Paul Schwartz of the New York Post provided a synopsis of Beckham addressing the media on Monday afternoon:
Odell Beckham Jr. says tests showed he has blood in his hamstring. Still a day to day deal. #nyg— Paul Schwartz (@NYPost_Schwartz) July 29, 2014
"My head's in the right place," Odell Beckham Jr. says. But his hammy is hurting.— Paul Schwartz (@NYPost_Schwartz) July 29, 2014
Jordan Raanan and Conor Orr of NJ.com continued with further comments from Beckham:
Odell Beckham: 'it's hard' to balance getting healthy and making good first impression #giants— Jordan Raanan (@JordanRaanan) July 29, 2014
Beckham: 'probably so' tried to do too much too early here in camp #giants— Jordan Raanan (@JordanRaanan) July 29, 2014
Beckham said he had sit down with Coughlin today to assure him that he wants to be out there. Was worried about a bad first impression #nyg— Conor Orr (@ConorTOrr) July 29, 2014
Earlier in the day, Raanan and Orr reported testing results show it's only a minor issue, barring any further setbacks. Despite that, the current belief is that he isn't expected back on the field ahead of the team's preseason opener:
Tests Monday on wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. came back negative, according to two people briefed on the injury. The individuals requested anonymity in order to speak freely on the matter.
Beckham wasn't on the practice field Monday because he was undergoing tests on his troublesome hamstring. He is expected to be sidelined at least another week.
As mentioned, Beckham first dealt with hamstring problems during the offseason program and the ailment returned after the first practice of training camp.
It's a tricky situation for the wideout and the training staff. The injury is one that can linger all season if it's not allowed to get back to 100 percent right. At the same time, he's missing out on some extremely valuable practice time.
If healthy, how many catches do you expect from Beckham as a rookie?
Giants head coach Tom Coughlin was clearly frustrated talking about the absence. Tom Rock of Newsday passed along his response when asked if it was disappointing to be working on the offense without the top prospect.
"It's more than that," Coughlin said. "We're trying to put a team together. We saw too much of that in the spring . . . He actually looks pretty good out there moving around. We just hope it's a real short period of time."
If there's any good news, playing in the Hall of Fame Game has given the Giants a little extra preparation time. If Beckham is available to return following that contest, as is seemingly the current timetable, he'll still be able to play in four preseason games.
Daniel Jeremiah of the NFL Network thinks the rookie can be a major asset in the team's more up-tempo offense, if he can stay healthy:
I'm disappointed I didn't get a chance to see Odell Beckham practice today but this new system is ideal for his skill set. #NYG— Daniel Jeremiah (@MoveTheSticks) July 24, 2014
The longer Beckham remains out, the harder it will be to make an immediate impact once the regular season gets underway. The Giants are working out the kinks in their new offense and right now Jerrel Jernigan is getting the opportunities behind Victor Cruz and Rueben Randle.
That said, if he attempts to rush back he could end up missing out on a majority of his rookie season recovering from a more serious injury. The Giants will probably play it cautiously with hope of eliminating that possibility.
Beckham has no shortage of upside, but expectations for his rookie season will depend on how quickly he can return and find his niche in the offense.