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Giants’ Tom Coughlin Growing Impatient with Odell Beckham Jr. as He Continues to Miss Practice

July 25th, 2014 at 9:00 AM
By Dan Benton

When the New York Giants took the field for their third practice of training camp on Thursday, rookie wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. was not among them. Rather, with shells on and helmet in hand, Beckham Jr. stood on the sideline and soaked in practice as a spectator. Again.

For the second time since the start of Organized Team Activities (OTAs), the wideout who had never missed time in High School or College due to injury finds himself sidelined with a hamstring issue. And to say that's grinding on Tom Coughlin's last nerve would be a bit of understatement.

"You know as well as I do. Let’s face it, I don’t want it to be like it was in the Spring," Coughlin said. "We need to get the guy back out here and get him on the field."

Beckham Jr. originally "tweaked" his hamstring back in early June during the team's fifth Organized Team Activity (OTA) practice and subsequently missed all remaining OTA practice. He did eventually return for mandatory mini-camp, although he was unable to participate in full.

"You’ve got to find a better word. ‘Comfortable’ is not a good word. I’d like to have him practicing. That’s how you learn – you practice. He’s done all of the studying, he’s good in the classroom, but he’s got to get out here," Coughlin said at the time.

Little has changed since then, unfortunately. Beckham Jr. once again "tweaked" his hamstring this past Tuesday (practice No. 1 of training camp) and has been on the sidelines ever since.

It's obviously not the idea scenario for the Giants, especially when you consider that Tom Coughlin has reluctantly accepted new technology and new stretching exercises to prevent exactly the kind of issue Beckham Jr. currently find himself dealing with.


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39 Responses to “Giants’ Tom Coughlin Growing Impatient with Odell Beckham Jr. as He Continues to Miss Practice”

  1.  kujo says:

    See, this is the sort of thing that bothers me with Coughlin. He’s a great coach, but wake up! I’m sure Beckham is ITCHING to get on the field and ball out. Everything you read about this kid is that he’s a blue collar guy, a worker. So he’s not loafing, or b.s.’ing around.

    He’s got a hamstring injury. And contrary to the contents of the New England Medical Review Journal of 1957, a furrowed brow and a disapproving tone do absolutely NOTHING to heal that particular ailment.

  2.  Krow says:

    Well this is like a couple historical curses rolled into one. First off there’s our love of hamstring injuries. It’s like that crazy girlfriend. Even though you can’t trust her … and you know you should dump her a$$ … but she’s so much fun you just keep going back. And then there’s our annual “stoning of the rookies”. Ohhhh we’re so frustrated AGAIN …. ohhh he’s injured AGAIN … ohhhh he’s not going to get the reps he needs AGAIN. Three guesses what’s next …. yes, he’s on the bench AGAIN. Maybe he can return kickoffs till he hurts himself AGAIN.

    Show of hands … who’s sick and tired of this sh1t?

  3.  Krow says:

    You’ve got to give it to our coaches. They know how to get into someone’s head. Remember when David Wilson was talking ‘rookie of the year’ … and gaining like 1,500 yards? Clearly they recognized the danger in that sort of confidence. Credit where credit is due … they sure beat that out of him. He’s not talking that kind of arrogant crap any more. Yeah, we sure showed him. Well played.

    •  skinnydoogan says:

      I simply cannot argue with any of what you guys are saying. DW sure could use the company in the “bench squad” section.

  4.  Krow says:

    I think the coaches are jealous of these guys. There’s a definite “get the hell off my lawn”, crotchety old man vibe when it comes to the rooks. Kids nowdays … they don’t know how good they have it. In Tom’s day they buttered rocks and ate them for breakfast.

  5.  fanfor55years says:

    We all know this is one of Coughlin’s blind spots. Krow put it perfectly. Rookie gets injury that he certainly didn’t want, can’t practice = doghouse. Rookie has confidence but gets injured or fumbles = knock all that confidence out of him because just like in the Marines you gotta knock ‘em down before you build ‘em up.

    But TC had better be careful about how he handles Beckham. He needs him. Rush him back and he could wind up fighting this injury all season. How’s this Tom? Just pretend he’s Plax and grit your teeth and live with his not practicing for a few weeks. He’ll be a big factor down the stretch if you just stay patient and support him rather than publicly pick him apart.

  6.  kujo says:

    Let’s hope ODB is able to go next week, and gets a couple of reps in the HOF game next Sunday. That’s the best case scenario, and we can put this all behind us. This is a player who is known for his durability, his intelligence and, above all, his playmaking ability. It’s easy to get antsy when your 1st round pick is too swore to take the field after only a couple of OTAs and training camp practices. But this too shall pass, and in the meantime, Cruz, Randle, Manningham and Jernigan all get a chance to learn the new offense.

    •  fanfor55years says:

      Yep, but even if they have to allow him ANOTHER week of rest, better to do that. He’d still have four games in the preseason to show something and we all need to hope that they stay patient enough that he can become a threat in December and January when they’ll need him the most.

      I’m just worried that Coughlin’s constant refrain is going to pressure ODB and the trainers to allow him to go too early, he’ll aggravate it again, and he’ll be looking at losing his entire rookie season potential for big things since he’ll never be 100%.

  7.  GOAT56 says:


    GOAT56 says:
    July 25, 2014 at 8:43 AM

    I do agree with Kujo that the depth chart does shed some light to how the team feelings about certain players. But I’m not sure that’s case with TE because the depth chart conflicts with practice reports. Robinson has been getting a good deal of first team reps which doesn’t go in line with a player the is truly 4th or 5th team.

    On the other hand Brewer being 3rd string LT is close to a death blow. I think we saw last preseason Brewer is not a LT at this level. I think he has a chance at RT or guard but if he’s not getting a chance there and a guy like Reynolds has moved ahead of him he’s in deep trouble even with Snee’s retirement.

    I though one of the ost surprising things was seeing Jernigan listed as 3rd PR. I think he still has the talent to be a good PR I think his issues have been in his head. With some success now as a WR I wonder if now that will ease his mind and he can let his natural talent take over as a PR.

    kujo says:
    July 25, 2014 at 8:51 AM
    It’s about perception. They’re not empirical studies on production–they’re about how the team sees a player as of this time. Robinson could be flashing at practice, but as we learned with Ramses “Destroy Training Camp/No-shows During the Season” Barden, there’s a big difference between doing it in July and doing it in November. There’s a well-worn, well-earned skepticism about this young man, and catching a few errant passes from Ryan Nassib isn’t going to do much to sway Coughlin.

    •  GOAT56 says:

      Not every player is the same. Barden is a player that showed the ability to contribute, Robinson shows the ability to be a difference maker. Ge’s only been here 2 years and Barden 4 years. This kid was obviously immature with his preparation and now has improved. Don’t be like TC and treat everyone the same because they share some characteristic to past players. You don’t have to believe in Robinson but at least give him a chance to sink or swim. He wasn’t ready in year 1 and injured last year so he didn’t have a real chance. Let’s see what he can do.

      Tc has enough empirical data to conclude a rookie is unlikely to contribute so by that logic you should complain if we don’t see much ODB.

      •  kujo says:

        I’m not saying Robinson Year Three is the same as Barden Year Four. I’m saying they’re displaying similar behaviors–you used to hear about Barden’s acrobatic catches in August, but he would develop knees or backs or hamstrings or whatever, and he’d be vacant throughout the year.

        Tell me that’s not Robinson’s modus operandi at this point in his career? I’m not writing him off, I’m just not going to be swayed by him bringing down a few passes in practice.

        •  kujo says:

          Remember–this is not a guy who was enormously productive in college. He was the “JPP of tight ends” because he had the “ability” without the production (although JPP actually produced in college, albeit at a lower level, while Robinson didn’t do sh*t, hasn’t done sh*t, and probably never will do sh*t). I don’t know how you draft a guy like that in the 4th round, but then again, that’s the way Reese rolls. His record in the 4th round is like a Who’s Who of Future Guest Service Specialists at Target.

      •  skinnydoogan says:

        With all due respects, how has he shown ANY ability to be a difference maker? He has not done ANYTHING.

    •  fanfor55years says:

      No way a HUGE and good-blocking kid like Robinson who is suddenly showing he can get out and catch the ball is at the back of the depth chart. No way.

      Remember, I hated Barden and was the one who insisted he was garbage even when most were telling me I was wrong. This simply isn’t a similar situation. Robinson needed to grow up. He has done so. He will be one of the three on the roster and will become the top dog in time.

  8.  GOAT56 says:


    GOAT56 says:
    July 25, 2014 at 8:47 AM
    Look this is the type of change that many of us have been screaming we need for a while now so let’s give it a chance. ODB getting hurt doesn’t mean it’s not working. I don’t recall any other player missing practice so that’s 88 players practicing out of 90 in the first week of training camp. That’s a ton better than past years.

    Also we can’t forget ODB is a rookie who is adjusting to NFL practicing and training so that can be a factor as well. Especially with him being a quick twitch type of athlete. Plus let’s not forgot upgrading our methods doesn’t mean we will be injury free, just hopefully a lot healthier.

    kujo says:
    July 25, 2014 at 8:54 AM
    Apparently this methodology has been in place for a few years.

    Which means we were doing it during last year’s Biblical plague of injuries…


    •  GOAT56 says:

      If you look at this year in total what ever they are doing is working well. I can’t ever remember more than like 80 players being available for practice at this time of the year. ODB’s injury hasn’t even been considered serious enough for an MRI so while frustrating it shouldn’t hurt us much long term.

  9.  kujo says:

    I’m sorry, but when did Robinson show he was any good at blocking? He’s been a healthy scratch and an injured scratch for the first 2 years of his career. If he was any good at blocking–in Kevin Gilbride’s offense–he would’ve been on the field.

    •  skinnydoogan says:

      This! The overwhelming evidence suggests Robinson has done nothing, and will do nothing. Somebody, anybody give me one shred of evidence to the contrary.

      •  skinnydoogan says:

        Kujo, I can answer that for you, he NEVER did. He is a big kid who can run fast apparently that is all that is required to be a professional TE on the NYG.

    •  fanfor55years says:

      He has hardly been healthy enough to get on the field thanks to injury, and when he was healthy enough he pissed off the coaches with his lack of focus. But he was an excellent blocker at Cincinnati and he shouldn’t have any problems blocking linebackers in the NFL or helping seal off a defensive end who he only has to push to the inside.

      And frankly, I have ZERO confidence that the Coughlin/Gilbride offense always put the best players on the field anyway. I think McAdoo has come in and has the support of Mara and Reese rather than simply the patronage of Coughlin. That makes a big difference.

  10.  Krow says:

    Can someone please educate me on how Robinson showed himself to be a ‘difference maker’? This is the guy who’s in his 3rd year and has no catches, right? Zero catches … zero yards. He’s hardly played. Same guy, right?

    •  skinnydoogan says:

      Yep he is the one, apparently some of us have missed something extraordinary with Robinson.

      •  skinnydoogan says:

        Perhaps if I call myself the “JPP” of distribution center Managers I will receive a huge raise and have accolades start raining down on me here at work. I will let you guys know how it works out for me.

    •  fanfor55years says:

      He’s not a “difference-maker”. But he is big, fast for his size, and should be the best option among these guys (along with Fells). I just don’t believe he could possibly be #5 on the depth chart right now if that chart was really meaningful. It isn’t, so who really cares?

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