New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. was on the field for the first day of the team’s mandatory three-day minicamp.
He took only seven snaps in team drills with the first-team offense, though head coach Ben McAdoo did say Beckham was in great shape.
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Odell Beckham Jr.: Odell Beckham Jr. arrives at Giants facility for physical before minicamp
Of course, the elephant in the room was Beckham’s absence from the team’s voluntary organized team activities (OTAs). Speculation was that OBJ purposely missed OTAs because of dissatisfaction with his contract.
Beckham is entering the final year of his rookie deal and will make $1.8 million this upcoming season. The Giants exercised a fifth-year option that will pay him more than $8 million in 2018.
Beckham wouldn’t confirm the allegation.
“You probably have to ask the people who do the contracts,” Beckham said the first time he was asked about his decision to skip OTAs. “I wouldn’t be able to tell you.”
Beckham was asked later in the media session about his contract, specifically if he wants a new deal before the start of his fourth NFL season.
“I really couldn’t tell you. Like I said, when the time comes…any contract question is not for me to discuss,” he said. “I haven’t really talked to anyone about contracts. So, it’s not something that has been in the air. It was kind of something that was brought up amongst other people. It was never really in my discussion. Take it a day at a time, and when it comes, it will come.”
Beckham was asked a third time about missing OTAs to prove a point.
“No. I was just out in Los Angeles training,” he said. “I’ve seen the whole holdout stuff and I’ve never really seen it work, so it was never in my mind that I’m not going to go to OTAs to get a new contract.
“I don’t really think that proves a point, in my opinion. I was out there taking time for myself to reflect on life and value what is really, really important. And I like said, to grow and mature in life. You should be growing each and every year, each and every day.”
Beckham was called out for some of his behavior by general manager Jerry Reese. He was the team’s sole offensive Pro Bowl player but his antics (Including an ill-advised boat trip before his first playoff game and punching a hole in one of the walls at Lambeau Field) often overshadowed his play on his field.
Beckham said he spent most of his time in Los Angeles training. He worked out with his trainer, Jamal Liggin, five days a week, sometimes twice a day. Beckham also posted a video of himself working out with Hall of Fame wide receiver Cris Carter.
“I was really just taking the time to train, making sure I get the proper training, really grow and mature in yourself,” he said. “You just have time to be able to reflect on life and learn new things. It was a great process for me. I really enjoyed it.”