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Trying to Salvage First Impression, Odell Beckham Jr. Has Private Meeting with Tom Coughlin

July 30th, 2014 at 9:00 AM
By Dan Benton

New York Giants rookie wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. knows head coach Tom Coughlin is no fan of lingering injuries. He also knows that you only get one chance at a first impression and that they generally last forever, so in an effort to salvage his, Beckham Jr. recently had a private sit-down with Coughlin to discuss his lingering hamstring injury.

"We had that talk today and it was just kind of like, ‘I’m new and we don’t know each other so well.’ Over time you get to know people," Beckham Jr. said on Tuesday. "The bad part about it is your first impression is going to last forever. You don’t ever want to leave a bad impression but at the same time I’m just trying to reassure him that, he knows how bad it is for me to not be practicing."

Since the start of Organized Team Activities (OTAs), the career-healthy Beckham Jr. has twice been shut down as a result of a "tweaked" hamstring. Most recently, Beckham Jr. suffered a setback after getting tangled in the shoelace of cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie's while running a route, which has led to both frustration and concern from Coughlin and team doctors.

"It’s frustrating on both ends. He wants me out there as bad as I want to be out there. It’s just kind of like you work so hard to get to where you’re at now and it’s like you can’t go out there and do the one thing that you love to do," Beckham Jr. added. "It’s hard to just take that all the time and then have your coach, at the same time, be frustrated. It’s just something that… you’re just trying to play both sides of it."

Already ruled out for the Pro Football Hall of Fame Game this Sunday against the Buffalo Bills, Beckham Jr. may face quite a bit more time on the stationary bike. After undergoing a battery of tests, doctors revealed that there's "heavy" inflammation and blood in the hamstring — something that could sideline the rookie for quite some time, although they're currently looking at it as a day-to-day situation.

"Just heavy inflammation and blood in the hamstring. The trainers are just taking it day by day to see. Whatever happens is what happens. It’s up to them right now on the length, however long it’s going to be," Beckham Jr. said.

This, of course, is not the way the former LSU star envisioned the start to his NFL career.

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14 Responses to “Trying to Salvage First Impression, Odell Beckham Jr. Has Private Meeting with Tom Coughlin”

  1.  skinnydoogan says:

    Dear Tom, please stop demoralizing our rookies. Football is a contact sport and guys get hurt. Rubbing dirt on it is not going to make it better nor is your “frustration” Play somebody else who is at risk of not making the team in the meantime during meaningless games. Thank you

    Doogan

  2.  GOAT56 says:

    I think people need to stop overacting to Wilson. Is it scary considering the surgery he had? Yes. But right now it’s only a burner which might not have anything to do with his neck surgery. Let’s wait and see what the examination reveals.

    •  skinnydoogan says:

      Sure but why not ease the guy onto the field? There is no need for him to kill himself for meaningless preseason games. We already know he can play football.

    •  BigBlueGiant says:

      nah, you’re wrong here. The kid is a hit away from being in a wheelchair and having a feeding tube.

      Time to give it up. Also, a neck burner can be pretty serious.

  3.  skinnydoogan says:

    Perhaps we are looking at this the wrong way, maybe it is not our training staff, but TC’s stubborn insistence that players get on the field at all costs. Who really wants to be “dog housed”? TC need only look at some of the “warriors” he forced out onto the field to see how it worked out. It resulted in an epically bad O-line last year for starters.

  4.  Krow says:

    “Why did you go and hurt yourself son?”

    “Ummmm huh?”

    “Seriously. Didn’t you know that an injury would hurt your chances?”

    “Ummmm huh?”

  5.  fanfor55years says:

    Everyone is too quick to jump to conclusions about most things, but it’s endemic in sports where folks have become used to the media creating a different story every day and opining on it, only to change their minds long after the initial impressions have been put out there.

    It is too early to reach opinions about our tight ends. This team dropped the Cowboy (Bear Pascoe) who, while never being mistaken for a Pro Bowler, was a pretty adequate blocker and could catch the occasional pass. They made no effort to sign Finley. Reese, Ross, Coughlin and others know talent when they have it. They must think the four guys in camp can do a pretty good job. Let’s wait and see. The change in opinion regarding those guys may have started yesterday when the tight ends did pretty well. Three weeks from now a lot of people may be changing their minds about Robinson, Donnell, and especially Fells.

    It is too early to know whether what Wilson suffered was even related to his neck injury. It’s scary, and if that burner IS related to his previous injury then the young man needs to retire and find another way of making a living, fortunately having been grub-staked by his first-round contract and the guaranteed dollars that went along with it. But it may be something entirely different and he may be back on the field this week. Let’s wait and see what the tests indicate.

    In fact, it’s too early to know much about the Giants in 2014. It looks like there’s a lot of promise there. But they have to play the games.

    The fact that Beckham sought Coughlin out and initiated this conversation says plenty about the young man. No wonder he was a team captain. I think the Giants got a good one in him.

  6.  kujo says:

    Wow. This kid is stand-up. Reading his words gave me a distinct Antrel Rolle-impression.

    •  kujo says:

      This is also the sort of thing that should endear him to Coughlin. It’s an old-school move, the sort of thing men of character do. If Coughlin is the type of leader we all know him to be, this ought to quell all of the questions and doubts he was probably starting to have about this kid. None of the members of his doghouse did this, to our knowledge. That ought to say something.

      •  GOAT56 says:

        Definitely agree. i think it also was big for ODB’s cred that the tests did show a real injury. It’s not good for him playing quickly but at least TC knows he wasn’t overstating his discomfort.

  7.  GOAT56 says:

    You can’t simulate football well in non game conditions. Wilson really could use some preseason. I don’t think it’s an accident he fumbled game one against Dallas 2 straight years then had good ball security. The regular season is an adjustment from preseason. Wilson isn’t experienced enough to me to miss reps and getting back in the flow.

  8.  fanfor55years says:

    Okay, well, I had a long discussion with my friend who attended practice yesterday and who tells me that he spent a good part of it just watching the tight ends. The guy knows football. He played at Michigan in the late 1960′s when they were a real power. According to him, Larry Donnell has the potential to be REALLY good. He thinks that he will prove a better receiver than Robinson and about as good a blocker. He liked Fells too and said he senses that Eli really trusts him. He said that Robinson looks really good on one play and then really bad on the next. He thinks he may turn into a good player but is also the kind of player Eli may not trust in a big spot.

    The good news? He said he thinks all four of the tight ends on the roster now are better than what we had last season (counting Donnell and Robinson as better than a year ago and liking both of the new guys better than our #1 and #2 guys on the depth chart in 2013). The bad news? He thinks both Donnell and Robinson should be further along than they appear and that they will need to really take a leap during camp if they’re going to be effective once the season starts. He thinks Fells could be an adequate player if the season started tomorrow. But he leans toward it taking another season before we see what Donnell and Robinson can do in the NFL.

    I found his comments neither heartening nor disheartening, but it sounds like we might have some talented kids who aren’t ready right now to fully step up (though he said he thinks Donnell could take that leap over the next few months if things break right and he gets the chance to do it) and one veteran who seems like he can help immediately but won’t be enough by himself to make this offense effective. I came away from the conversation thinking that these preseason games are going to be critical for the tight ends as a means to really learn their craft.

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