Beckham participated in some individual drills and did some route running, albeit with no defender and no contact. He hadn’t done any route running during the organized team activities (OTAs) earlier in the spring. On Monday, the Giants expressed some hope that Beckham will participate in team drills. At the same time, they don’t want him taking team reps at this point in his recovery.
Beckham suffered a broken ankle in Week 5 last season. He has been working to get back to full strength ever since. Beckham spent most of the spring almost exclusively with the team’s trainers. On Tuesday, he warmed up with his teammates. He also on the field for what looked like a walkthrough session without a defense.
Head coach Pat Shurmur liked what he saw from Beckham.
“Yeah, he did a good job today,” Shurmur said. “So, he was cleared to be out there and he practiced and he did a good job.”
Beckham ran, cut, and ran routes without any visible signs that his ankle was broken little more than eight months ago. The Giants have two more minicamp practices before the six-week sabbatical before the start of training camp. Shurmur didn’t rule out the possibility that Beckham could take the field in team drills.
Naturally, the elephant in the room was brought up: Beckham’s contract situation. He’s made no secret that he wants an extension. Some of his fellow 2014 NFL Draft mates (i.e. Aaron Donald, Khalil Mack, Zack Martin) have not attended OTAs and/or minicamp because of they see new deals.
“I’m not worried about it; neither is he,” Shurmur said when asked if he thought Beckham participated because of his contract situation. “I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: I look at a player that loves football. He’s out there right now doing his thing, and he wants to be here. And as the coach and the player, that’s what we talk about.”
Last year, Beckham didn’t attend the team’s OTAs. This year, he’s spent most of the offseason around the team’s facilities. A new head coach and general manager could easily have factored into his decision. He may have seen what other players are trying to do and decided to take a different approach.
“That’s the tough thing about this. He doesn’t want to be away from the team,” wide receiver Sterling Shepard said. “He wants everything to be worked out, but that is the nature of the business. You have the business side of it.”
Shepard watched Beckham run his routes and was impressed with Beckham’s progress.
“He looked good. He was asking me to watch him during routes on air. Pshhhh,” Shepard said. “I swear, I forget that he got hurt sometimes. He looks really good out there.”