Beckham targeting Week 5 for NFL debut

It's been a windy rocky road to recovery for rookie wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr., but now it appears he's closer than ever to making is long-awaited pro debut.

The New York Giants have been hamstrung by injury and rookie wideout Odell Beckham Jr. is at the center of it all. After straining his hamstring during training camp, Big Blue’s top draft pick has hardly seen the practice field and missed the entire preseason as well as the first four games of the regular season.

With his sights set on returning for New York’s Week 5 match-up with the Atlanta Falcons, the former LSU standout could get the green light barring any setbacks.

”Definitely. For me, I want to play as soon as possible, but it’s not really all the way up to me,” admitted Beckham.

The Giants’ offense has enjoyed a resurgence the past two weeks and the addition of the playmaking rookie could provide another weapon at Eli Manning’s disposal. But without any game action or hardly any practice reps under his belt, it might be wishful thinking to expect a first year receiver to make a major impact right off the bat.

While Giants fans are growing increasingly more anxious to see Beckham make his long-awaited pro debut, the rookie receiver is chomping at the bit to prove his worth and carve out a role in Ben McAdoo’s West Coast system.

“I think a lot of people fail to realize that,” noted Beckham of his desire to return to the field as soon as possible. “I don’t think there’s anybody who’s been more frustrated than I have been, sitting out, coming in and leaving, this being your first year and you’ve already missed games and you’ve never missed a game in your life. It’s just not something that’s easy to deal with.”

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