The frustration was very hard to miss in head coach Tom Coughlin’s voice.
"I would like the next time someone asks me that to have him out here practicing, so I don't have to answer it. You know as much as I do. You are out here watching him every day, too," he said.
"That's all I can tell you. I would like to see the young man practice before he got into the regular season. That would certainly be a good thing."
The “young man” Coughlin is referring to is first-round pick Odell Beckham Jr., who after finally getting back on the field last week, tweaked his hamstring again and hasn’t been heard from since.
Time is running out for the rookie, who in a statement made on August 20 (via the team’s web site), didn’t classify his latest stint on the sideline as a setback.
We have progressively built up my workload. 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.”
The problem is that every day Beckham misses is indeed a setback, as if you're not moving forward, you're either stuck in neutral or moving backward.
As Coughlin has often said, the classroom work is only half of the battle; the practice reps are just as important as anything if a player is going to get better at his craft. Beckham's inability to practice, which goes back to the spring, is making his chances of contributing as a rookie appear dimmer and dimmer.