Giants HC Pat Shurmur says Odell Beckham Jr. will ‘no doubt’ be ready for Week 1
New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. has just crossed off one major goal this offseason after signing his massive new extension. And now, he’s ready to focus on his next big task, which is to get back on the field and play an actual NFL game.
Beckham has sat out preseason as he continues to work himself back to full fitness following the season-ending ankle injury he suffered last year. But Giants head coach Pat Shurmur fully believes that Beckham will indeed be back in the lineup to make his long-awaited return in their Week 1 game against the Jacksonville Jaguars.
Pat Shurmur: "No doubt in my mind" that Odell Beckham Jr. will be ready for Week 1 vs. Jacksonville. Get ready, Sept. 9.
— Jordan Raanan (@JordanRaanan) August 28, 2018
Beckham hasn’t played a competitive NFL game since breaking his ankle against the Los Angeles Chargers on Oct. 8 last year. With no preseason action to help shake off some of the rust after his long layoff, it remains to be seen what shape he’ll be in.
Beckham also won’t be helped by the fact that he’ll be up against one of the best cornerbacks in the game in Jags All-Pro Jalen Ramsey, who has been looking forward to this matchup for some time now.
With Beckham unlikely to be going at 100 percent efficiency right away, the Giants’ other playmakers — wideout Sterling Shepard, tight end Evan Engram, and rookie running back Saquon Barkley — will all have to step up. They need to play their part against a very tough Jaguars defense if they hope to start the season off with a big win over a top Super Bowl contender.