Odell Beckham Jr. will play Monday night for the New York Giants in their home opener against the Detroit Lions.
Beckham tested his injured left ankle during pre-game warmups. With GM Jerry Reese, head coach Ben McAdoo and strength and conditioning coach Aaron Wellman watching, Beckham did some straight-ahead running and caught a few passes. He did not appear to be 100 percent, but after a Week 1 disappointment the Giants will take whatever help the star wide receiver can give them.
Odell stopped, I asked if he's playing: "You know what time it is!" #nyg— Kimberly Jones (@KimJonesSports) September 18, 2017
Eli and Odell embrace. He's playing. pic.twitter.com/LqkZGtDIXg— Giants Daily (@NYGDaily) September 18, 2017
Beckham did more in practice during the week, catching some passes and testing his leg by doing some jumping. He did not, however, seem willing to put full pressure on the damaged left ankle when landing.
Dr. David Chao, a former NFL team physician, said recently Beckham should not expect to be fully recovered for several more weeks.
Now that we know Beckham is playing, how will the Giants use him? Dr. Jene Bramel of Football Guys weighed in on that over the weekend:
NYG likely won't specifically scheme decoy routes but there will be times Beckham will run routes he will struggle to win on.— Jene Bramel (@JeneBramel) September 17, 2017
Expect Giants to know which routes/which side of field Beckham most comfortable. They'll use those in highest leverage situations.— Jene Bramel (@JeneBramel) September 17, 2017
The good news for the Giants is that Beckham will play. The bad news is that two defensive starters, cornerback Janoris Jenkins (ankle/hand) and middle linebacker B.J. Goodson (shin) will not. Calvin Munson will start in place of Goodson.
Full list of inactives:
QB Davis Webb
CB Janoris Jenkins (ankle/hand)
RB Wayne Gallman
LB Keenan Robinson (concussion)
TE Matt LaCosse
DE Avery Moss
LB B.J. Goodson (shin)