Odell Beckham Jr. will be OK. That’s really all anyone cares about after Beckham’s injury scare during Sunday’s practice at New York Giants training camp. Here, though, is our complete list of takeaways from Sunday.
We heard that collective gasp
When Beckham got tangled up with Janoris Jenkins, went down in a heap and left practice with a lower leg injury, we know what the reaction was of Giants fans everywhere. Whether you were following along with practice via Twitter, or read about the incident here or elsewhere we know your reaction went something like this:
“Oh, bleep. Please, please, please, PLEASE be OK.”
Turns out Beckham was cleated by Jenkins on the play and will be just fine. So relax.
“When something happens to any of your players your heart’s in your throat,” said coach Ben McAdoo. “We were fortunate there.”
Rough day for Janoris Jenkins
Getting tangled up with Beckham on the play where the star wide receiver was injured was just part of Jenkins’ rough day. Jenkins was reportedly beaten deep twice, once by Beckham and once by Myles White.
The Twitterverse is, of course, calling for Jenkins’ head. For me, the high-priced cornerback remains the riskiest of the Giants’ free-agent signings, but let’s not get all bent out of shape because the guy had one apparently rough practice. Watch the vide clip and Jenkins did make an outstanding play on the ball on the play where he and Beckham got tangled up.
Light day for Victor Cruz
There were a few tweets during practice from reporters indicating that Victor Cruz didn’t do much during the 11-on-11 portion of practice. That, apparently, was part of the plan for Cruz, working his way back from a torn patella tendon and a torn calf.
“We dialed back his load today,” McAdoo said. “That was just part of the program.”
Greg Milhouse “flashing”
Undrafted free agent Greg Milhouse, from tiny Campbell, has been the biggest beneficiary with defensive tackles Damon Harrison and Jay Bromley on PUP. We noted after the first practice of training camp that Milhouse was working with the first team. He has continued to impress.
“He’s doing a nice job. He’s flashing,” McAdoo said. “He works at it mentally in the classroom and technically he’s trying to do things the right way and do what we’re asking him to do. It’s important to him.”
Beckham impressed by corners
Sunday might not have been Jenkins’ best day, but Beckham has been impressed by the Giants’ corners thus far.
On Jenkins and Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie ...
“It's a lot of fun to be able to compete. And like I said, to go against DRC and Jenk every day, there's really not much more you could ask for. So it's just a matter of getting those good reps in. You don't have as many reps as you would like, so you have to take the ones that you have and utilize them, put the most effort in to them. It's always fun catching a pass, shoot, it's always fun. Just trying to work every day.”
On rookie first-round pick Eli Apple ...
“He's a guy who has tremendous talent, it just comes down to making the right decisions, learning how to trust himself more. He's twenty years old, I think, he's going to be here a long time. It's just a matter of getting each other right. Letting him now this is X, Y, and Z and this is why you got beat. Or this is why he was able to cover, you know? It's about working with each other. I think he's going to be a phenomenal player.”
Myles White making a stand
We mentioned above that White beat Jenkins on a deep ball during practice. The 26-year-old, who caught seven passes for the Giants last season, is one of the wide receivers on the roster bubble. McAdoo likes the work he has done thus far.
“I think Myles is having a nice camp. Myles is poised to make a run,” McAdoo said.
No practice Monday
The Giants will be off on Monday and will return to practice Tuesday morning for their first fully-padded practice.
“Look forward to getting the pads back on when we get these guys back and getting their feet underneath them,” McAdoo said. “Fitting the pads in, I know the big guys are looking forward to that.Some of the drills we have planned for ‘em it will be exciting.”