Odell Beckham Jr. to Attend Giants' OTAs Following Oral Surgery

Timothy Rapp@@TRappaRTFeatured ColumnistApril 9, 2017

LANDOVER, MD - JANUARY 01: Wide receiver Odell Beckham #13 of the New York Giants walks off of the field after the New York Giants defeated the Washington Redskins 19-10 at FedExField on January 1, 2017 in Landover, Maryland. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
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New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. said he will attend the team's offseason program starting on April 18 following oral surgery, according to Gary Myers of the New York Daily News

Beckham didn't attend workouts last week hosted by Eli Manning at Duke with the team's skill-position players due to the surgery.

Backup quarterback Josh Johnson also attended, along with Brandon MarshallSterling Shepard, Tavarres King, Roger Lewis, Will Tye, Jerell Adams, Rhett Ellison and Shaun Draughn.

One of the major priorities for the Giants during the offseason program will be improving the chemistry between Manning and Beckham. Citing Pro Football Reference, Myers noted that Manning completed just 59.8 percent of his passes to Beckham last year. In comparison, Ben Roethlisberger completed 68.9 percent of his passes to Antonio Brown in 2016.

Improving the consistency between Manning and Beckham was a big enough priority for head coach Ben McAdoo to acknowledge during the league meetings, per Myers:

When Eli throws it to Odell, we need to complete the ball more. Just catching the ball. We got to throw it to him in a place where he can get it. Just the chemistry between 10 and 13. That’s something that they work on every year. Quarterbacks and receivers just got to show up. You don’t throw and catch for a long time. The offseason is long, especially under these rules, so when they get together, they got to get the chemistry going and get better.

Beckham, of course, still caught 101 passes for 1,367 yards and 10 touchdowns last season, producing at an elite level. If Manning and Beckham are able to connect more consistently in 2017, Beckham could post potentially historic numbers.

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