Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. runs after making a catch against the Los Angeles Chargers on Oct. 8, 2018, at MetLife Stadium.

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Odell Beckham Jr. Limited Participant On First Day Of Giants OTAs

May 21, 2018 - 1:39 pm
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By WFAN.com

Giants coach Pat Shurmur says Odell Beckham Jr.'s surgically repaired ankle "looks good," although the wide receiver wasn't yet healthy enough to fully participate in the first day of organized team activities Monday.

Showing no sign of a limp, Beckham went through warmups and individual drills before heading to the sideline to receive rehab on his left ankle, which he broke during Week 5 last season.

But Beckham's presence at OTAs, even if limited, is a significant storyline for a player who didn't participate in the voluntary workouts last offseason and is seeking a megacontract this year.

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"He's out here moving around," Shurmur told reporters. "He's chomping at the bit, wanted to get out and do more than we're allowing him to at this point. We're just trying to make sure everything is healed to the fullest before we put him out there.

By simply being around the team, Beckham is also picking up the offense being installed by Shurmur, who was hired in February.

“He can’t fully compete or whatever, but it’s a chance to see it,” the coach said. “There’s a lot to be learned by watching and it’s good to have him.”

Beckham also has participated in voluntary offseason workouts this year and was in attendance for last month's minicamp.

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He is reportedly seeking a contract that would make him the NFL's highest-paid wide receiver. Beckham's talent is not in question. He has been an incredibly productive player in his young career. His discipline, however, has been a concern, so much so that the Giants appeared to briefly entertain the idea of trading him this offseason. 

FLOWERS, BUT NO SNACKS

Offensive tackle Ereck Flowers, who skipped the earlier voluntary offseason workouts and the minicamp, is on hand for OTAs, too. Safety Landon Collins told WFAN recently that Flowers was upset after the Giants signed Nate Solder, a move that is forcing Flowers' switch from left tackle to right.

Defensive tackle Damon "Snacks" Harrison was the lone Giant not at the start of OTAs. Shurmur said he knows why Harrison was not there. "Let's leave it at that," he said.

STEWART EMBRACES MENTOR ROLE

After signing former Carolina Panthers running back Jonathan Stewart, the Giants used the second overall draft pick last month on running back Saquon Barkley.

The 31-year-old Stewart said he has no problem with mentoring the former Penn State star.

"I’ll share a little bit of my wisdom with all the guys," Stewart said.

Stewart said he's impressed by Barkley so far.

"Saquon is a smart football player, and he picks things up very fast," Stewart said. "He’s explosive."