New York Giants Practice Report: August 24, 2017

Every so often, I feel the need to editorialize.

This is one such time, and my topic is the Odell Beckham Jr. injury.

With head coach Ben McAdoo refusing to divulge any concrete information about Beckham’s injury–and mind you, he doesn’t have to now as the league doesn’t require injury reports–there have been any number of reports speculating the exact nature of the injury, whether he’ll play  Week 1, and what kind of treatment he’s getting.

I realize that others, like me, have a job to do, that they’re paid to offer their professional opinion on the matter. I too am paid to offer my professional opinion, and here it is:

Wait and see.

Yes, I know that sounds difficult to do. Yes, I know people have Fantasy Football drafts coming up. But the fact of the matter is everyone heals differently to where it’s not possible now to guess based on watching the injury unfold on television how bad it is.

Secondly–and I can’t stress this enough–there is a little more than two weeks before opening day.

Until Beckham really puts that ankle to the test by not only running but cutting on it, something he might not do until he sets foot on the AT&T Stadium Field for all we know, NO ONE can say for certain that he will or won’t miss any time.

Injury Report

Odell Beckham Jr. (ankle) remained a no-show outside for as second straight day. Beckham was, however, spotted by photographers inside the team’s weight room where he appeared to be feverishly pedaling a stationary bike.

Receiver Brandon Marshall (shoulder) was once again a spectator at practice. . Receivers Dwayne Harris (upper body) and Tavarres King (ankle) worked with trainers.

“We are going to deal with the guys who can play,” he said. “Those are medical decisions, so if guys are available to play versus the Jets, we will play them. If not, we won’t.”

Linebacker Keenan Robinson (concussion) remains out of action. Robinson hasn’t been seen on the field since he left practice early last week. Cornerback Michael Hunter (concussion) is also in the protocol.

Cornerback Eli Apple (ankle) was back doing more work in the team drills.

Transactions

The Giants  signed defensive back Tim Scott, 5-11, 195 pounds to fill the roster vacancy that opened after cornerback Valentino Blake was placed on the Reserve/Left Camp list. The Giants actually have a roster exemption for Blake, whom McAdoo said is dealing with some “personal issues.” The head coach didn’t know how long Blake would be absent from the team.

In some other roster notables, the Giants reached injury settlements with receiver Kevin Snead. Meanwhile, receivers Darius Powe and Andrew Turzilli, who were waived/inured, cleared waivers and will be added to injured reserve.

Offensive lineman Michael Bowie, who was waived after the breaking news of his alleged involvement in a domestic assault case in Tulsa, Oklahoma, also cleared waivers. He is now a free agent.

Lineup Notes

For the second consecutive day, Brett ones took some snaps at right guard in place of John Jerry with the starting offensive line.

McAdoo was asked about the “science” of making a change to the offensive line, particularly after how most of the summer the linemen spoke about continuity and communication being so important.

“I think the first group needs to play together and you need to be able to push the first group as well, so there is a balance there,” he said. “But guys have earned opportunities to go in there and compete and we need to give them those opportunities.

But isn’t it too late to start playing around with the offensive line  configuration?

“Never. Convenience is never a good answer,” McAdoo said. “You have to do what is best for the team and if you can improve the roster, you improve it. If you can improve the starting lineup, you improve it. You never take the easy way out.”

What He Said 

“Move the ball, get first downs, score touchdowns, put points on the board. It’s pretty simple.”

– QB Josh Johnson on what he has to do to win the backup quarterback job.

Quick Hits

  • Receiver Roger Lewis, who again worked with the starting offense, had himself another solid outing during Thursday’s cards practice. Lewis’ hold on his roster spot has improve thanks to the injuries at receiver, but he can certainly erase any remaining doubts with a big game Saturday night against the Jets.
  • Kicker Mike Nugent went four of four in field goal attempts. He actually lined up for five field goals, but one of them was a fake. Holder Brad Wing tried to chuck the ball down the field, but it was batted into the air. Wing then caught his own pass and was “dropped” for the loss.
  • Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie took a few snaps at safety during the “dollar for dollar” developmental period. He said yesterday that he thought his stint at safety might be temporary, but it looks like the coaches might keep that wrinkle in the playbook so long as it continues to work.
  • Toward the end of practice, a large group of defensive backs, led by Landon Collins, did voluntary wind sprints.
  • Newly signed receiver Ed Eagan, working on the scout team, had himself a nice practice, particularly catching some deep passes.
  • Olivier Vernon continues to drop in coverage. You wonder if he’s going to be doing more of that in a game on a regular basis, especially since defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo seems so intent on mixing up those hybrid 3-4 looks.
  • I saw Ereck Flowers choke-hold Vernon on one snap, but otherwise from what I could see when the action was visible, Flowers looked solid with his technique.
  • Josh Banks showed good effort to knife inside and into the backfield.
  • Eric Pinkins very nearly picked off a Davis Webb pass intended for tight end Matt LaCosse.