Giants star WR Odell Beckham Jr. has been "cleared to practice," head coach Pat Shurmur told SNY's Ralph Vacchiano after the team's first day of mandatory minicamp on Tuesday.
What exactly "cleared to practice" means, though, is up in the air as Beckham was seen doing individual workouts, but wasn't on the field for team drills. Shurmur said not all players are on the same practice schedule, and clearly Beckham would be put into that category.
It was reported earlier on Tuesday that Beckham and the Giants mutually agreed the 25-year-old, who is still rehabbing his surgically-repaired left ankle, should sit out of team drills. Vacchiano added that throughout this process of getting Beckham ready for next season, both sides wanted to be cautious and they were "totally on the same page" in the decision to keep him sidelined during full team activity.
But Shurmur didn't kill the notion that Beckham won't see team drills, saying "we'll see" when asked if he will participate in them in the next two days of minicamp. He also noted that Beckham sitting out wasn't due to his contract situation.
"I'm not worried about it and neither is he..." Shurmur said in reference to Beckham's contract.
With many players like Cardinals RB David Johnson and Rams DT Aaron Donald holding out of their minicamps due to contract issues, Beckham hasn't hinted that he will as well. He is slated to play on the final year of his rookie contract before hitting free agency next offseason. The Giants have made it clear signing Beckham to a long-term deal is their goal, but when they will do so is still a question.
So, Beckham may only be running routes against air defenders, but it is progress nonetheless. Shurmur says everything both Beckham and the Giants have been doing to prepare for next season has been going "great" thus far.