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Odell Beckham Jr. catches passes at minicamp (vid)

The New York Giants enjoyed an encouraging sight during the team’s minicamp session Thursday when Odell Beckham Jr. was spotted catching passes during individual training drills against teammates.

Beckham was limited to only four games last season, missing the season opener and then was lost for the rest of the season after suffering a fractured ankle in Week 4. So, any progress out of the wide receiver this early in the Giants’ offseason program is nothing short of encouraging.

“It’s terrific,” Giants head coach Pat Shurmur said after practice, via “We all know what a good player he is. He’s making progress to getting fully cleared. You can see that he’s lively, and he’s involved. He’s taking all of the mental reps that he can. It’s great. It’s great to see all of our players out there, and out there healthy.”

Beckham’s presence at minicamp alone is a worthwhile development, catching passes notwithstanding. This past offseason has been a tumultuous one to say the least as it pertains to the relationship between Beckham and the Giants. The situation became so seemingly dire that myriad reports surfaced a few weeks ago indicating the team was considering shopping the enigmatic wide receiver.

However, since then, things have seemingly mellowed, a development mostly spurned on due to Beckham’s continued presence at every Giants’ offseason program session.

With the purported discord and subsequent trade drama perceptively in the rear-view mirror, the Giants and Beckham can now look forward to the 2018 NFL season. While Beckham has not been cleared entirely for football activities, that milestone would appear to be the next logical step.

“It’s hard to tell when it will happen,” Shurmur said. “It’s a progress when you come back from an injury like that. He’s going through the process just like all other players. That’s the plan, for him to learn everything that he can so that when he’s back out there full, he’s ripping’ and running.”