Odell Beckham apparently skipped Eli Manning's annual minicamp at Duke University again this week, as he presumably continued to rehab his ankle back in Los Angeles.
But Brandon Marshall was in Durham, N.C. for the workouts, leading to some speculation that he still might have a future with the Giants after all.
The 34-year-old Marshall has been rehabbing his way back from his own ankle injury after surgery last October. He is signed through the 2018 season, but due to his age, his recent injuries, and the fact that he's owed $5 million next season, it has long been assumed that he will eventually be cut.
But the Giants could still keep him if he's willing to take a pay cut. They could clear more than $5.1 million in cap space by releasing him, but if he's willing they can clear nearly that much by reducing his salary, too.
Regardless, for now Marshall is on the team and he could be seen in several Instagram videos posted on by Giants players on Thursday playing a little basketball at Duke's Cameron Indoor Stadium. It wasn't clear how much work Marshall did at the camp, but he certainly didn't appear limited on the basketball court.
Marshall and Manning were joined at the Duke workouts by receivers Sterling Shepard and Roger Lewis, tight ends Evan Engram and Rhett Ellison, and running back Wayne Gallman - at least those were the players seen in various Instagram posts. Manning's brother, former NFL quarterback Peyton Manning, was there, too.
As for Beckham, his absence wasn't a surprise. He skipped the Manning/Duke camp last year too, saying he had previously scheduled oral surgery for the same week. He hasn't spoken publicly since the end of last season, though, so his reasons for skipping this year's session weren't clear.
He certainly has plenty of built-in reasons, though. He's still recovering from ankle surgery and likely hasn't been cleared for football activities - certainly not by the Giants doctors. There also was a report two weeks ago that he doesn't plan to return to the Giants until he gets a lucrative contract extension, though Giants GM Dave Gettleman said he hasn't heard that from Beckham or his camp.
It probably also didn't help that there has been a swirl of speculation over the last two weeks that the Giants were considering trading Beckham - fueled by Gettleman, co-owners John Mara and Steve Tisch, and coach Pat Shurmur all refusing to commit to Beckham being on the 2018 team during the NFL owners meetings in Orlando last week.
Regardless, Shurmur has said he expects Beckham will be in New Jersey on Monday for the start of the Giants' offseason workout program. All the players who went to the Duke camp are expected to attend the start of the voluntary program, too.
The Manning/Duke camp has been an annual event since 2011, when Manning held informal workouts with teammates during the NFL lockout. He held some first at Hoboken (N.J.) High School and then at Bergen Catholic High School in Oradell, N.J. Then, as the lockout lingered, he invited a few receivers to work out with him at Duke, under the guidance of Blue Devils coach David Cutcliffe, who was Eli's coach at Ole Miss and Peyton's offensive coordinator at Tennessee.
By 2013, Eli and Peyton were holding joint workouts there, each inviting a select group of receivers from their teams. Eli continued the tradition after Peyton retired after the 2015 season, expanding the field of invitees to include tight ends and running backs, too.