The New York Giants got bad news Monday about one of their injured tight ends, when Jake Ballard failed his physical and was waived/injured. Today, they got good news about the other one -- Travis Beckum.
Reports were that Beckum, entering his fourth year, would try to run today for the first time. He had both a torn ACL and torn cartilage in his knee.
"I'm kind of taking it week-by-week, day-by-day, and whatever my knee tells me, I'm going to do," Beckum said. "So if that's PUP (the physically unable to perform list) or training camp, I'm going to go for it.
"I've done everything except running. Been in the pool a lot, been sprinting in the pool, a lot of trying to make my glutes strong, my hamstrings, my quads, so all that stuff has a factor in how my knee will hold up."
Giants coach Tom Coughlin said it was "reasonable" to think that Beckum, who has 26 receptions in three seasons, could be ready for the start of the season.
"He has done very well. But again, I'm not a doctor," Coughlin said. "He has not even run yet. So maybe I'm being a little too optimistic here."
The Giants have seven tight ends on their roster, but they still seem to hold out hope that Beckum will become a real weapon for Eli Manning.