Is it fair to say that Odell Beckham has failed to live up to expectations so far? On one hand, the 2014 first-round draft pick out of Louisiana State failed to play a down in the preseason and is missing out on valuable playing time alongside quarterback Eli Manning and his fellow wide receivers. On the other, it’s not Beckham’s fault that he’s been nursing an injured hamstring since the outset of training camp.
That’s why Giants fans have got to do their best to be patient with Beckham. When he’s healthy, he adds a valuable weapon to Manning’s repertoire. There’s no point in risking further injury just by rushing him onto the field before he’s ready. Recently, Beckham met with head coach Tom Coughlin regarding a timetable for his return.
“It was great to be able to just talk to him and kind of get a reassurance and just know that it’s one of those things that just takes time,” said Beckham. “Everybody’s okay with it, it’s obviously not something you would want to happen or to be out for an extended period of time, but it’s something we’ve got to deal with and just take it day-by-day.”
Although Beckham is frustrated that he’s not been able to play much with his teammates this summer, he knows that rest and rehab are the only things that are going to get him into the lineup anytime soon.
“It’s one of those things I leave up to the trainers, but at the same time, being a competitor, you’re going to always try and get out there when you can,” noted the rookie wideout.” You want to be a part of the team, you want to make plays and stuff like that, so it’s just one of those things that you have to take your time with.”
Tom Coughlin emphasized the importance of Beckham taking his time in his quest to return to the field. The first-round draft pick still hasn’t played a game with the rest of the offense, and there is no timetable set for his return yet.