Everywhere you look during the summer there is construction. Roads, bridges, businesses, homes. The same is true at Quest Diagnostics Training Center, where the New York Giants are pain-stakingly constructing a new offense. As with many construction projects, we know that work has not been completely smooth sailing.
The project gets a shot in the arm Monday afternoon when rookie wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr., the team's first-round draft choice, returns to practice for the first time aggravating a hamstring injury the first day of training camp.
"From a mental standpoint, he knows what he has to do," wide receiver Victory Cruz said Monday morning. "I think just physically getting back into the practice mode, getting back into the reps from a conditioning standpoint, is going to be different for him. Just because, you can run with the trainers all you want, when you come out here on the field, it's a different type of conditioning that you have to have when you're out on the field during practice.
But I think he'll be straight. I think he'll be okay."
This is also a big week for Will Beatty, the Giants left tackle. Beatty has been practicing since the first day of training camp, but has been held out of game action as he works his way back following a broken leg suffered in the 2013 regular-season finale. Beatty is expected to make his 2014 preseason debut Saturday night when the Giants face the Indianapolis Colts.
Yours truly is in New Jersey for today's practice, so be sure to stop back this evening for a first-hand practice report. In the meantime, use this as your open thread to discuss today's workout.