The New York Giants first round pick, wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. is still unable to practice since coming out of the 6th OTAs with a sprained hamstring.
The 21 year old came out of college with great potential, having shown intelligent play and extreme athleticism on the field. Last week, during the OTAs, Odell was compared to Pro Bowl WR DeShean Jackson by RB Rashad Jennings. Everything was going great for the young guy, until he felt something uncomfortable on his hamstring and had to leave the facilities – he has been doing physiotherapy and a little field work, but has not been involved with practice since then. Odell said in an interview that he is feeling well and should be back in the field in time for the mini camp, but has not given any further details.
What is the problem then?
Well, the problem is in the fact that the whole offensive system is going through changes and Beckham is a part of it. To evaluate a seasoned player you put on the table the accomplishments and potential, the gas left in the tank – but to evaluate a rookie, you can only look forward, and that’s where the problem lies. Beckham’s first season relies on his athleticism and his abilities to understand and learn the offense as fast as possible in order to perform at a high level when his number is called.
This week or so of absence is bad, he should be on the field watching his teammates, building chemistry and mastering his role. Let’s hope the kid can get back to training as soon as possible, so the Giants new offense is able to utilize his talents and full potential starting the first game of the season.