EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - Odell Beckham was back on the field with the Giants on Monday night, but the real Odell Beckham might still be a week or two away.
The Giants star receiver did manage to play in the home opener, just four weeks after spraining his right ankle, but he clearly wasn't as effective as he's used to being. He was limited, both in terms of his snap count and in what he was able to do on the field. And his final numbers - four catches for 36 yards - weren't much of a help to the struggling Giants' offense at all.
"I felt like a little bit of myself, just still not there," Beckham said after the Giants' 24-10 loss to the Detroit Lions. "Came out and do what I can."
For the most part, that wasn't much. Beckham was a bit player, especially in the first half when he caught just two passes for 10 yards. He is clearly still feeling the effects of an ankle injury he admitted likely needed 6-8 weeks for him to fully recover. He wouldn't say what percentage he was at, but said he still has "just that last little bit to gain" in his recovery.
"Mentally, I feel like I can do anything," Beckham said. "So physically, I don't know how much it really matters. I got my 20-30 plays, or whatever it was, and just try to make the most of them."
McAdoo said the plan all along was to keep Beckham on something of a pitch count, especially since he was only able to practice on a limited basis during the week.
"We just wanted to pick our spots, get him back in the mix, get him back in the fold," McAdoo said. "We wanted to be smart with him in his first game back. He hasn't played football in a while."
The good news, though, is Beckham didn't suffer any setbacks. And he's convinced his health is only going to improve from here.
"Yeah, I mean you have time," Beckham said. "I didn't have any setbacks today, so I'll be able to be proactive and stay on it and get as close to 100 percent as you can. That's pretty much all you can do. And with that being said, that's what I'm going to do."