Report: Odell Beckham Jr. expected at OTAs Thursday after no-show
Odell Beckham Jr. was noticeably absent on Monday during the New York Giants’ voluntary organized team activities session. But the Giants wide receiver is expected to report on Thursday, sources told ESPN’s Jordan Raanan.
Beckham reportedly was working out with his personal trainer in California instead of attending the OTA. Posts from said trainer on Instagram reportedly confirmed as much.
As noted, Monday’s OTA session — as is the case for all 10 Giants OTAs in the coming three weeks — was voluntary. Beckham has no clauses in his contract that reward attendance.
However, as we’ve seen on numerous occasions, being a no-show at OTAs — even voluntary ones — doesn’t often sit well with an organization, nor is it greeted warmly by teammates.
Beckham also notably skipped Eli Manning’s annual passing camp in April, although he indicated he was scheduled to undergo oral surgery that week.
When the Giants picked up Beckham’s fifth-year option in late April, the wide receiver vowed in a series of tweets that he will be “workin harder than I ever have, to be the the best that I ever have been” after “[t]he start of a new chapter in my life began this pass week,” per an NJ.com report.
The mercurial Beckham has enjoyed a tremendously successful start to his NFL career, but his talents are often overshadowed by his on-and-off-the-field antics.
The Giants’ 2016 campaign was marred by several incidents involving Beckham, including a highly publicized trip with teammates ahead of a playoff game against the Green Bay Packers. And Beckham’s locker room meltdown following the loss to the Packers (more on that here) was an awkward way to end a season as well.
Beckham has since enjoyed an up-and-down offseason. He was praised for his “professionalism” at the Pro Bowl but later showed up 90 minutes late to a youth football camp.
Either way, the Giants would have preferred had Beckham simply showed up to OTAs on Monday, regardless of whether the session was voluntary or not. But if he shows up Thursday, perhaps Monday’s absence will end up as much ado about nothing.