New York Giants star wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. missed the franchise’s organized team activities this week, but plans to be with his teammates when they hit the field for mandatory minicamp on June 13.
“I love my team and am excited about the season,” Beckham told NFL Network’s Kimberly Jones.
The three-time Pro Bowl receiver had “no comment” when asked about missing future OTAs, but told Jones that he would “for sure” report to mandatory minicamp.
Beckham was not Big Blue’s only notable player to miss OTAs this week, as second-team All-Pro defensive end Olivier Vernon also did not report for the team’s voluntary workouts.
“You want all your players here, especially your great players,” head coach Ben McAdoo said Thursday, via ESPN. “It’s a time to build fundamentals, communication, chemistry and trust, so you want all your players here, especially the great ones. They facilitate a lot of those things for you. But you coach who is here. That’s what time of the year it is for us.”
Beckham just signed the most lucrative shoe deal for an NFL Player with Nike this week, and took to Twitter to address all the speculation as to why he was missing OTAs.
“If they don’t have a story these days they’ll make one…” I might get that tatted😂😂 #StayTheCourse
— Odell Beckham Jr (@OBJ_3) May 24, 2017
The Giants 2014 first-round pick recorded the third most receiving yards (1,367) in the NFL last season, and has two years remaining on his rookie contract after New York picked up his fifth-year option this offseason.
Through three seasons, Beckham has been nothing short of sensational, amassing 288 receptions, 4,122 receiving yards, and 35 touchdowns.
The Giants have high aspirations for the 2017 season and are likely looking for their star wide receiver to show some maturity in his fourth NFL season.
The 5-foot-11, 198-pound receiver struggled in his first NFL postseason appearance after a photo of himself and teammates on a boat trip in Miami went viral.
“This is what I see — I see a guy who needs to think about some of the things that he does,” Giants general manager Jerry Reese said after the team’s playoff loss to Green Bay. “Everybody knows that he is a gifted player, but there are some things that he has done that he needs to look at himself in the mirror and be honest with himself about, and I think he will do that. We will help him with that, but he has to help himself, and we believe he will do that. He is a smart guy, but sometimes he doesn’t do smart things.”
The Giants are loaded with weapons entering the 2017 season, especially with the additions of Brandon Marshall and rookie tight end Evan Engram, but know Beckham will have to play key role if the franchise wants to claim its first NFC East division title since 2011.