The Giants are downplaying Odell Beckham’s (l.) latest hamstring problems, calling Monday’s decision to limit his activity a ‘precautionary’ measure.
Odell Beckham Jr. didn’t practice fully, and Tom Coughlin did his best to make it sound as if that wasn’t a big deal. And yes, this all sounds suspiciously like last summer, when the Giants’ young receiver saw a minor “twinge” become an offseason-long injury.
But hey, at least it’s the other hamstring, and both Coughlin and Beckham insist it’s not major – just like they did last year.
Welcome to the Giants’ once-promising offseason of 2015, which feels just a little too much like the Summer of 2014 for Beckham. On Monday, Beckham was limited in the Giants’ OTA session in East Rutherford, held back by a right hamstring that Coughlin described as “sore,” the same reference that Beckham used a year ago to describe a left hamstring issue.
“Odell is sore,” Coughlin said Monday. “Precautionary.”
Beckham did not speak to the media, but in quotes distributed by the team, he echoed Coughlin’s sentiments. He did not run or make a single explosive move on Monday, fielding just a few punts and watching the entire team portion of the workout from the sidelines, talking to veteran Victor Cruz. With Beckham sitting, Rueben Randle, free agent pickup Dwayne Harris and little-used Corey Washington saw the bulk of first-team reps.
Still, Beckham said, this hamstring injury is not serious.
“That’s all it is, precautionary,” Beckham said.
The receiver added that the situation was in no way similar to the left hamstring issue that plagued him throughout last year.
“Absolutely not,” Beckham said. “I try not to even think about last year. Comparing this to last year is just not even comparable.”
For anyone who’s forgotten last year, a Beckham hamstring injury that was first described as a mere “twinge” wound up sidelining him for nearly all of training camp, for the entire season, and for the first four games of the regular season. It was an injury from which Beckham never fully recovered, he said, an injury that even hampered him late in the season, when he was dismantling defenses and carving his legend.
But this injury isn’t nearly as severe as that injury, Beckham insisted in those quotes on Monday. If the Giants were playing a game this weekend, Beckham promised, he would be ready to go.
“That’s why it’s precautionary,” he said. “It’s always frustrating when you have to miss what you love doing. Just not practicing today was enough for me. But it’s part of the game. The good thing is that it’s just precautionary.”
The scary part: That’s almost exactly what Beckham promised when his left hamstring was still just a “twinge” on the last day of June minicamp. He’d said then that he could practice the next day, only to barely practice over the next three months.
But no, this isn’t at all like that situation, Beckham said. This is just precautionary.
“I don’t want to miss anything,” Beckham said. “I’ll just go with the flow.”
Just like last year.
Tight end Larry Donnell sat out practice with Achilles tendinitis in his left foot and wore a walking boot. Coughlin said the situation is “ongoing.” With Donnell out, Jerome Cunningham made several catches, including a deep grab from backup QB Ryan Nassib . . . Defensive end Robert Ayers sat out while battling swelling in his sprained left ankle . . . LB Jon Beason did not attend the OTA because his flight from Charlotte was cancelled Monday morning . . .
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