New York Giants' first round draft pick Odell Beckham, Jr. has not played in either of New York's preseason games this summer, and that status will not change this weekend against the Indianapolis Colts, according a statement released by the team on Giants.com. Beckham has been ruled out of Saturday's contest against Andrew Luck and company due to his lingering hamstring issue.
Beckham had missed three weeks of practice after re-injuring his hamstring on first day of training camp but was eased back into the offensive scheme at camp this week. After waiting so long for his prize pupil to get off the training table, and onto the playing field, head coach Tom Coughlin is exercising caution with what may be an important piece to the Giants' offensive puzzle this season.
“He is not going to play. Expect him next week, but not this week. There is not enough work,” Coughlin explained in a meeting with the media.
The Giants need Beckham to provide immediate results at a position, wide receiver, that underperformed last season. In addition, the rookie from LSU may also be counted upon in the punt return game, another area that needs improvement from 2013. But Big Blue fans will have to wait another week to see OBJ in action, as the team takes a cautious approach with a potentially valuable weapon.
"We have had him for individuals and we have had him for a few plays,” Coughlin said. “When the few plays are run, he looks to be doing fine, but like everybody, they need more repetition, more time on the field. They need to be in that fatigued state to see how they perform then. We need all of those things to take place.”