Pat Shurmur says Odell Beckham Jr. should be ‘ready to go’ at Giants practice
Over the last few months, New York Giants Pro Bowl wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. continued to make steady progress in his recovery from a surgically-repaired left ankle. It has heightened the expectation that he will be ready to take the field for the 2018 season opener.
This is something that head coach Pat Shurmur echoed on Wednesday morning, stating that he expects for Beckham Jr. to be full tilt in practice during training camp with eyes still directed toward having him ready to play in Week 1 on Sept. 9 against the Jacksonville Jaguars, according to Kimberly Jones of The NFL Network.
Pat Shurmur said he anticipates that Odell Beckham Jr will be “ready to go” in terms of practice. But also “we’ll continue to be smart with his training.” The goal — shared by OBJ & #NYG — is that he’s ready Sept 9 vs #JAX.
— Kimberly Jones (@KimJonesSports) July 25, 2018
Every indication is directed toward Beckham Jr. being able to take the field for the season opener in just over a month. He has been able to demonstrate great mobility on his ankle while continuing to increase his level of activity in team-related workouts this offseason. It only further fuels the idea he’ll play Week 1 given that he will be a full participant in practice after being medically cleared by the team.
The only question about his availability would have been connected to his contract situation, as he’s in the final year of his rookie deal, but that hasn’t pushed him away from the team. Instead, he has shown a strong commitment to continuing to take part in every team workout over the last couple of months. With that out of the way, it has shifted the focus to him getting his body right ahead of their clash with Jacksonville.
New York is counting on him being a major factor in the offense as the top receiving option while returning to play at an elite level. Time will only tell if he will be able to play in Week 1.