Shurmur on Beckham’s Status

New York Giants head coach Pat Shurmur didn’t want to get wrapped up in semantics about star receiver Odell Beckham Jr.’s current health status.

He didn’t have to, really, as Beckham, as he has done since the start of OTAs, worked in individual drills and even did some seven-on-seven work run at walk-through speed with the defense safely tucked away on another field.

The activity by Beckham continues to fuel hopes that the star receiver is well on his way toward a full recovery from a season-ending broken ankle and that both sides continue to be cordial with one another ahead of Beckham’s contract extension talks, which have reportedly not yet heated up.

Beckham has been one of the few major stars in the league who, instead of choosing to hold out to force the issue about his contract has tried to meet the Giants half way. While the receiver hasn’t been at all the team’s OTAs this spring, he has reportedly stayed in touch with the Giants and their medical staff regarding the rehab work and training he’s done out in California.

Everyone is at different phases of their training,” Shurmur said in trying to clarify what he meant by saying Beckham was cleared to train. “He was like a couple other guys that didn’t do some teams drills, but he’s cleared.”

Shurmur also made it clear that he’s staying in his own lane and isn’t interested in speculating regarding Beckham’s eventual contract extension.

“I’m not worried about it and neither is he,” he said. “I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: I look at a player that loves football, he’s out there right now doing his thing and he wants to be here and as the coach and the player, that’s what we talk about.”:

Beckham didn’t address the media Tuesday and it was unclear if there were plans for him to do so before the end of the mandatory minicamp.