The state of mind of New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. has been under scrutiny since the moment he was drafted.
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OBJ is without question the Giants’ most talented player. He hasn’t done himself any favor with some of his behavior including having a fight with a kicking net, taking an ill-advised field trip to Miami before the Giants’ playoff game, punching a hole in the wall at Lambeau Field after the loss, and his feud with Washington Redskins cornerback Josh Norman.
Beckham courted more controversy when he skipped the team’s organized team activities (OTAs) to train in Los Angeles.
One well-known former Giant is in Beckham’s corner: Hall of Fame defensive end Michael Strahan.
Strahan took a few minutes to speak about Beckham at the JustRivals.com Golf Classic. The event benefits PGA HOPE (Helping Our Patriots Everywhere), a program designed to help military veterans learn golf as a form of rehab.
“He busts his ass,” Strahan said. “I’ve seen this kid work. I’ve talked to him this offseason. His head is where it needs to be. Everybody gives him a hard time about missing a little OTAs. Hell, I didn’t go to those things, so I’m the wrong person to be sympathetic for people who are giving him a hard time.”
Beckham did attend the mandatory three-day mini-camp earlier this month. He is expected to report to training camp with his teammates on July 27.
“I think this might be the most (I’ve been ready) in my lifetime,” Beckham said at the Citi Odell Beckham Jr. ProCamp at Kean University. “In every which way, I just feel it there…I’ve really been training and to have these next six weeks to get another opportunity to train. It’s going to be great.”
Beckham has made the Pro Bowl in each of his three NFL seasons. He’s the only player in NFL history with at least 90 catches, 1,300 yards, and 10 touchdowns in each of his first three NFL seasons.