New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. made headlines when he missed all of the team’s organized team activities (OTAs).
OBJ elected to work in Los Angeles with his trainer, Jamal Liggin. He also reached out to Hall of Fame wide receiver Cris Carter for some pointers. The Giants were impressed with Beckham’s conditioning at the mandatory three-day mini-camp last week.
Beckham said at his recent annual football camp that he’s ready for the season.
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“I think this is the most I’ve been ready in my lifetime,” he said. “In every which way, I just feel it there…I’ve really been training and to have these six weeks to get another opportunity to train, it’s going to be great…mentally, physically, spiritually, everything. I don’t think I’ve been as ready as I am now.”
Beckham hosted the Citi Odell Beckham Jr. Football ProCamp at Kean University. The camp attracts nearly 600 campers in grades one through eight.
Beckham’s mother, Heather Van Norman, noticed how well he was running while doing a 40-yard dash. Van Norman was a six-time All-American at LSU who won three consecutive NCAA outdoor titles and two NCAA national titles. She resigned her position as track and field/cross head coach at Nicholls State University on June 1.
Beckham made the Pro Bowl in all three of his professional seasons. He is the only player in NFL history with more than 90 receptions, 1,300 yards, and 10 touchdowns in each of his first three NFL seasons. He owns or has tied more than 40 NFL and Giants franchise records.
How will this success in training translate when the games actually count in the standings?
“I guess you will have to wait and see,” Beckham said. “Words can only do so much—you will have to wait to see what happens.”
Beckham spent seven hours at his camp before heading back to Los Angeles for more training. There is talk of expanding the camp for next week. He even wants to do something similar in his native Baton Rouge with his former LSU teammates and close friends Jeremy Hill and Jarvis Landry.
“It’s just so much fun being out there,” he said. “Each one of them has a smile on their face. Just out there having fun. This is what it’s all about. It kind of reminds you why you do it. The same love and joy that they have is what got me to where I’m at.”