It's your move, Odell.
Giants head coach Pat Shurmur set the stage for the much-anticipated contract showdown between the Giants and Odell Beckham, Jr. on Thursday, when he said he expects his star receiver will report on time for training camp on July 25.
Shurmur also said he has "no reason to believe" that Beckham won't be able to fully participate -- including in the team drills he sat out this week.
Whether Beckham will show up or participate remains an open question since he hasn't spoken publicly since last October. And he still doesn't have the lucrative contract extension he's been seeking. According to multiple sources, his unresolved contract situation was part of the reason he didn't do team drills this week, even though Shurmur said he was "cleared to practice." The Giants agreed to allow it and not make a big deal of it, according to a source, in hopes they could resolve the situation before it turns into a training camp holdout in late July.
Shurmur, though, has now removed that cover for when training camp starts and made it clear there'll be no excuse for Beckham not to show up on time. Though he did say he hasn't spoken to Beckham about training camp plans yet, Shurmur said "I expect to see everybody here."
Beckham is due to speak to the media on Saturday morning at his youth football camp in Metuchen, N.J., so it's possible his plans for camp will become a little clearer then.
In the meantime, Beckham has at least met the Giants halfway this spring with occasional participation in the offseason workout program and the organized team activity (OTA) sessions. He even showed up for the mandatory mini-camp and did everything the Giants asked him to do except for the team drills. He could have skipped the camp entirely, though he then could've been hit with more than $84,000 in fines.
But Beckham's presence was appreciated by the Giants, as was the extra time he spent working with quarterback Eli Manning, including alone on the field on Wednesday after practice in the rain.
"Obviously any time you catch a route from a quarterback you learn something about one another," Shurmur said. "So they spent time together. I've noticed that their relationship is real strong. That's typical of what players do.
"Odell's been able to do a lot here full speed. As I mentioned he's been cleared to practice. But guys that end the year with injuries come back at different rates and get involved with more and more of the drill work. For him to spend that extra time with Eli is great."
Overall, Shurmur has insisted that he's had a good relationship with Beckham in the five months since he was hired, despite the unresolved contract issues and the Giants' brief flirtation with trading their star player away.
"I think we're still just getting to know each other," Shurmur said. "But I've said it before, this guy loves to play football and he gets it as well. So when I see him in the meetings, I see him here on the field, he's really engaged. You can see just by him running routes vs. air and some of the drill work we're doing, that he can really help us."
Whether or not he'll be here to help on July 25 remains an unanswered question. But it's up to Beckham now, because Shurmur's expectations are clear.