The New York Giants' first-team offense didn't show enough Saturday night in the preseason game against the Pittsburgh Steelers, but there's a chance this week that it gets reinforcements and some more work.
Giants coach Tom Coughlin said in a Sunday conference call that rookie wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. would practice Monday in individual drills. That represents big progress for the team's 2014 first-round draft pick, who has not practiced since pulling his hamstring in the first practice of training camp July 22.
"He's going to practice [Monday] on an individual basis, and then we're going to assess where he is after that," Coughlin said. "It's possible he could do more depending on how that goes."
The Giants have been missing Beckham's speed in the outside receiver spot that's currently being manned by Jerrel Jernigan, and it's likely they'll be able to do more in the passing game once Beckham gets up to speed and they're able to plug him into that role. They also have been playing with backup left tackle Charles Brown. While starter Will Beatty has been practicing, the team has held him out of the first two preseason games while he continues to rehab from a broken leg. He could play in Saturday night's preseason game against the Colts in Indianapolis. It's hard to imagine Beckham playing in that one, but it's possible he could play the following week against the Jets if he continues to make progress.
Meanwhile, Coughlin indicated that Manning's light workload Saturday was a concern (he only got 12 snaps) and that he might let the first-team offense play more in Indy than it has so far.
"I would like to see more offense with our ones, and perhaps this will be a week where we'll do a little more," Coughlin said. "I haven't thought all of that out yet."
In other notes:
Coughlin said fullback John Conner is going through concussion protocol before he's allowed to return to the field.
The coach had praise for cornerback Prince Amukamara, who ran down speedy rookie Dri Archer at the end of a 46-yard screen pass that looked ticketed for the end zone. "Prince had a great angle, his pursuit was outstanding and it created an opportunity for us to line up again and hold them to a field goal," Coughlin said.
Coughlin also said he thought defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul played well, and said both kickers, Josh Brown and Brandon McManus, are doing well. All five kickoffs Saturday night were touchbacks (three by McManus and two by Brown) and each it a mid-40s field goal.
The Giants return to the practice field Monday at 3:30 p.m. ET in East Rutherford, N.J.