Giants HC Pat Shurmur says Odell Beckham will ‘absolutely’ be part of team in 2018
After some recent speculation about his time in New York possibly coming to an end, it seems more and more likely that Odell Beckham Jr. will remain with the Giants for at least one more year. That’s what Browns wideout Jarvis Landry thinks, and that’s also what New York head coach Pat Shurmur has said.
According to Kimberly Jones of NFL Network, the new Giants boss says Beckham will “absolutely” be part of Big Blue for the upcoming season.
Pat Shurmur: Odell Beckham Jr will “absolutely” be part of team in 2018. They have talked often. OBJ not ready physically to take part in minicamp but is at #NYG.
— Kimberly Jones (@KimJonesSports) April 24, 2018
Beckham’s future in New York was in doubt a few weeks ago given his uncertain contract situation as well as some controversial videos starring the star wideout. However, those rumored trade talks have eventually cooled off, and Beckham is widely expected to remain in New York.
It’s certainly a promising sign that despite his unresolved new deal, Beckham still reported for the first day of offseason workouts as well as minicamp. It’s also good news that he’s been communicating with Shurmur on a regular basis as Beckham continues to work his way back to full fitness.
Chances are Beckham will have a big role to play in Shurmur’s success or failure in his first season in New York. When he’s at his best, OBJ is one of the most dynamic receiving weapons in the entire league. Shurmur would definitely prefer having that caliber of offensive talent at his disposal this upcoming year.
Despite Shurmur’s declarations, things could still change with Beckham depending on how negotiations with his new deal go. But if he does have Beckham on board for the rest of the year, the Giants should be much better for it.