At what point does the Odell Beckham Jr. watch become a thing?
It's not there yet, of course, but the Giants' star receiver has now missed two days of practices after suffering cuts on his lower leg in a collision on Sunday with cornerback Janoris Jenkins. The Giants went from downplaying it, with GM Jerry Reese insisting he won't miss a practice, to Beckham being close to returning, to him missing two days.
So what's the deal? Obviously the Giants are being both cautious and coy. Asked if it was possible that Beckham would practice on Thursday, Giants coach Ben McAdoo said, "We'll see how he responds. Every day is a new day. It's amazing what could happen over the course of a night."
Yes, amazing things can happen. Meanwhile, hold off on the candlelight vigil, but until Beckham is on the field, his status remains at the top of every "What to watch for" list.
Here is my list for Thursday:
1. Hey, Odell, are you ready yet?
Again, don't panic. He's probably just sore and there's no reason this early in camp to take any chances with such a valuable commodity. Better to wrap him in bubble wrap and make sure he's ready for Week 1. But until he's on the field, it's fair to wonder what's going on, at the very least.
2. How does that secondary look, and who will be the slot corner?
The free-agent visit (and departure) of Leon Hall on Wednesday was a good reminder that the Giants' secondary is a bit unsettled. Yeah, they have big financial commitments in Jenkins and Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, and they used a high first-round pick on Eli Apple, but those are three pegs that fit into two holes, while Trevin Wade is left as the current slot corner. Will he be by Opening Day? Or will Apple or Rodgers-Cromartie slide into that role? Or is Hall at all a possibility? Stay tuned.
3. What does Steve Spagnuolo think of his defense?
The Giants' defensive coordinator, who had a bad year last year with an undermanned and depleted unit, probably has more pressure on him than anyone in the organization outside of Reese. Maybe he's even under more pressure since the Giants gave the defense a $200 million offseason overhaul and the expectations are they'll rise at least from their worst-in-the-league status last season to somewhere in the middle of the pack, if not better. The popular "Spags" will address reporters after practice on Thursday to give his still-early thoughts on all his new toys.