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New York Giants’ Odell Beckham Jr. to Miss at Least Another Week with Hamstring Injury

July 29th, 2014 at 11:00 AM
By Doug Rush

The New York Giants were hoping to get their first round draft pick Odell Beckham Jr. integrated into the offense this summer during training camp, but it looks like the team will have to wait a little while longer to break out their newest weapon.

Beckham, who has been bothered with a nagging hamstring injury since OTA's and has been out since the first practice of training camp, will be out at least another week, as Jordan Raanan and Conor Orr of the Newark-Star Ledger reported on Tuesday.

"The Giants can breathe a little easier. Their first-round pick's hamstring remains a minor problem. Tests Monday on wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. came back negative, according to two people briefed on the injury. The individuals requested anonymity in order to speak freely on the matter. Beckham wasn't on the practice field Monday because he was undergoing tests on his troublesome hamstring. He is expected to be sidelined at least another week."

Beckham was brought in to replace the departed Hakeem Nicks after two straight disappointing seasons and the team has very high expectations for their newest play-making wide receiver, who is expected to compete for a starting spot against Jerrel Jernigan.

The good news with Beckham's injury is that it's not serious and the team keeping him out at least another week as a precaution is the right move to make as obviously, it's better to have Beckham back for the start of the regular season as opposed to trying to play him in meaningless pre-season games and risk further injury in which he's not available during the regular season.

With Beckham likely to miss another week to recover and rehab the hamstring, it's unlikely that the Giants will have Beckham available and ready to play for their first pre-season game on Sunday against the Buffalo Bills in Canton, Ohio for the Hall of Fame Game.

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8 Responses to “New York Giants’ Odell Beckham Jr. to Miss at Least Another Week with Hamstring Injury”

  1.  GOAT56 says:

    fanfor55years says:
    July 29, 2014 at 11:06 AM
    I sure hope that 70% bogey doesn’t get into the heads of the coaches and Eli. I like the idea of the fast-paced West Coast offense but ONLY if it’s blended with Eli’s strengths, which certainly include throwing deep and accurately when the defense has been lured up by the running game and short passes.

    There’s nothing wrong with some interceptions that are the result of trying to make game-changing plays. There’s nothing wrong with a 63-65% completion rate. There’s nothing wrong with spreading the field by occasionally throwing a deep ball that you hope will be caught but is just as much about forcing the safeties back so you can open up the running game and the area 5-15 yards from the LOS for the West Coast throws.

    I’ll be sorely disappointed, and displeased, if this offense doesn’t continue to go over the top when the opportunity presents itself. We know that Eli, Victor Cruz, and Mario Manningham can get that done, because they have already done so. And it’s reasonable to expect that the same can be said in 2014 of Beckham and Randle. That’s a weapon. It has to be used at least enough to force defensive coordinators to worry about it and plan for it. But more than that, it should be used to win games.

    •  GOAT56 says:

      Exactly! This is my only concern with this new offense. Eli still has to be Eli and make plays.

      I do think some overrate INTs by just looking at the number and not the context. Did it come at the end of the half why trying to get in position for a FG? Was it 3rd and long and the pass was 40-50 yards down the field. Are we down 10 points with a minute left and Eli just has to push to envelope to give us the slightest chance of winning, is it a hail Mary, etc.?

      I’m not excusing many of Eli’s over the years but I do think Eli has more interceptions that fall under acceptable plays in the flow of the game and don’t really hurt the team than most QBs. Eli is also throwing the ball away rather than taking a sack most times which hurts his completion percentage but is a better football play.

      •  G Fan since Ninteen Forty Eight says:

        Numbers are for Fantasy football nutso’s. It is a gunslinger who puts fear into the hearts of Defenses. Lets not take away his .44 Colt and give him a peashooter.

  2.  G Fan since Ninteen Forty Eight says:

    Just a thought but most of Eli’s interceptions last year were fairly short range. Any body have the stats on that. If true then the WC offense could be more dangerous for him.

    •  fanfor55years says:

      Nah, these will be REALLY short-range passes (0-12 yards in many cases, the 0 being quick outside screens and dump-offs) and the receivers’ reads will be much simpler. It really SHOULD cut down on picks. The point is, though, that cutting down on picks is only PART of the issue. They shouldn’t take one of the best deep passers to ever play the game and turn him completely into a dink-and-dunk quarterback. I cannot believe they will. That would be beyond stupid.

  3.  rlhjr says:

    REPOST:

    The Good news is Eli has more than enough smarts to take this all in.
    Further good news is he will have an offensive line that should support him.

    The bad news is that Eli has always had minor issues with his footwork.
    Many times throwing off the wrong foot and without benefit of proper setup.
    And this was with good blocking. He sometimes got away with it because of arm talent/strength.

    Once Eli got his feet quite, he began to reel off three hundred yard games in succession. Of course in the last two or three minutes of any game, his talent and footwork had no peer. So hopefully the fast pace of this offense will put Eli in a pseudo two minute mode for most of the game.

    That is by far his most productive state. It allows him to work instinctively.
    And he’s not thinking about anything but his progressions and where his receivers should be. I am not a fan of the West Coast theory. I feel it lacks a physical element and is therefore subject to be a victim of an aggressive hard hitting defense.

    Hopefully Coughlin’s input will turn this into a “HYBRID” left coast O.
    If they can somehow turn the west coast in to a more physical run oriented theme, then the quick hitting passing game will work. As will going down field with the football. But the key is having this offense maintain a physical personality. That means they need to keep a fullback on the active roster.
    END

    None of the young tight ends have the mean streak to be effective blockers in the run game. Does the team have the time to wait for their mind set to change? Please God, let them keep one of either Conner or Hynusaurs.

    •  skinnydoogan says:

      According to some, we don’t need no stinkin fullbacks.

    •  fanfor55years says:

      Good points. I’d add that if the job of coaches is to identify and make use of their strongest elements then this team HAS to run the ball. It will be a rare year that any team has so much talent at running back throughout its depth chart. Not only that, but the top three runners are all players with plenty of tread left on their tires, one of whom is a quality “all-around” back, one of whom is a “power back with deceptive speed, especially through the hole, and the other of whom is a “home-run hitter” who can also run between the tackles. Add Hillis, who may be getting a bit long in the tooth but is in the best condition of his career and can probably still do damage, and you have quite a combination.

      If the offense does not make extensive use of these guys it will be criminal. This looks to me like the best chance to have a truly balanced offense that uses the entire field that this team has ever had. It will take some time for McAdoo, Coughlin and Eli to figure out how to pull all the levers, but once they do I can see this offense becoming astonishingly difficult to defend.

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