He may be only 25 years old, but Giants WR Odell Beckham Jr. is entering his fifth year in the NFL. And with that experience, he has taken it upon himself to act as a leader.
The Giants have been impressed by how Beckham is embracing all the new faces in the locker room, with one coach simply saying, "Odell's been awesome," according to SI's Albert Breer.
Beckham's leadership in the locker room and making new players feel at home can be added to the things he has done right this offseason ahead of a potential contract extension. He has showed up for some of the Giants' voluntary offseason workout program, has been talking to head coach Pat Shurmur all offseason, and most importantly, didn't hold out of the team's three-day minicamp this past week.
So, with everything Beckham has done this offseason, he has essentially left the next move to the Giants in regards to his new contract. He is set to play out his fifth-year option at $8.459 million this season.
Now that Beckham says he isn't holding out, the next question is when will he start participating in team drills. Throughout the offseason, he and the Giants have been cautious with his surgically-repaired left ankle, but Shurmur said he has been "cleared to practice." Whether that means team drills will have to wait until July.