Thursday, June 12, 2014
OTA No. 9: Beckham Jr. still sidelined
By Kieran Darcy
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- The New York Giants held their ninth of 10 offseason training activities (a.k.a. voluntary practices) on Thursday, and the big news was starting middle linebacker Jon Beason being carted off with a foot injury.
But, on the other side of the ball, wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. -- the team's first-round draft pick -- was held out entirely because of a hamstring injury.
Beckham also sat out last Thursday's OTA, the previous one open to the media. But Beckham said he feels "a lot better" this week.
"I was running around today, running routes [on the side] and dancing in the locker room," Beckham said. "So I feel pretty good."
Giants coach Tom Coughlin said the team is just being cautious with Beckham, given the time of year. The wideout hopes to be cleared to participate in next week's three-day mandatory minicamp.
"I’m pretty sure next week I’ll be back up and running," Beckham said.
The other Peyton: Running back Peyton Hillis sat out Thursday with a muscle strain. Hillis said he suffered the injury during the team's first OTA, but tried to play through it.
"Strained [it] a little more this past Thursday," Hillis said. "But been getting better, been getting healthy, hoping to make it out there by minicamp."
The 28-year-old is the most accomplished of the bunch, having rushed for 1,177 yards with the Cleveland Browns back in 2010. Hillis ran for 247 yards (3.4 yards per carry) in seven games with the Giants last season. The team re-signed him to a two-year, $1.8 million contract during the offseason.
Chris Snee was present and in uniform, but did not participate in team drills, with Mosley filling his spot at right guard. The same thing happened at last Thursday's OTA. The team is giving Snee some days off as he works his way back from offseason hip and elbow surgeries.
On the bright side, Manning finished the day with a flourish, connecting deep with wideout Rueben Randle on the first play of a two-minute drill for a practice-ending touchdown.
But Manning had his forgettable moments as well, including a dropped shotgun snap, a pass batted down by defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul and several incompletions.
Coughlin admitted that the new offense, under new coordinator Ben McAdoo, is still very much a work in progress.
"It's slow, to be honest with you. The progress is slow," Coughlin said. "But steady. There are some days, of course, which are better than others. But we're getting there. There's a lot of things that have to be converted in the guys that have been here's minds, and the new people who have not been in a system such as this have a lot to learn."