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Odell Beckham Jr. wows teammates during first practice of camp

Odell Beckham Jr. participated in his first full practice of the New York Giants’ offseason during Thursday’s training camp session. And it made for quite the show, according to his teammates.

Beckham’s extended layoff from taking part in full-team drills has not caused any evidence of rust. Somewhat surprising, given Beckham has been limited since suffering a fractured left ankle in Week 5 last season.

Beckham participated in six reps of 11-on-11 drills Thursday, per NJ.com’s Matt Lombardo. Following practice and a review of the film, Giants players hailed Beckham on Friday.

“It was great. You definitely go to see the potential that we have on our offense,” Giants rookie running back Saquon Barkley said of Beckham on Friday. “You look to your left, and your right, and you’ve got Odell Beckham and Cody Latimer. You’ve got Shepard. You’ve got Evan Engram catching one-handed passes, that was something that got my attention, he’s like a wide receiver out there. You definitely had a chance to see our potential.”

Giants safety Landon Collins added it’s “exciting to see Odell back” while wide receiver praised Beckham as a “natural leader.”

Even Giants head coach Pat Shurmur was left impressed by Beckham’s performance.

“He’s running around. You see he’s very energetic on the practice field,” Shurmur said. “He had some nice production yesterday. You say him catch a couple of balls from Eli. He was in there blocking a little bit. He caught the ball on punt returns.

“He’s actually fun to be around on the practice field. Everyone locally knows him better than I do, but it’s very obvious to me that the guy loves to play football. When you’re in a setting like that, you certainly see that.”

Footage from Friday’s camp session was more of the same out of Beckham, as tweeted out by Lombardo.

Giants co-owner John Mara indicated this week that contract extension talks with Beckham will start “sooner rather than later.”  There’s no time like the present.