Odell Beckham Jr. is planning to return in mid-November for the New York Giants, which could have implications for next year’s offseason. With rumors and reports going around that the star receiver will be allowed to play 16 games, it’s hard not to think about what the future might hold for a famous player looking to get back into the NFL game.
Background on the New York Giants
The New York Giants made some hefty financial moves this offseason, namely signing Odell Beckham Jr. to a five-year, $95 million extension and Golden Tate to a one-year deal worth $9 million. These signings come after trading away Eli Manning and drafting former Texas A&M quarterback Josh Rosen with the No. 10 overall pick in the NFL Draft.
This placement of faith in youth has caused some anxiety among veteran Giants players who are now questioning if their spots on the roster will be taken by younger players like Coby Fleener, Sterling Shepard, Barkley and Dwayne Haskins. Durability is also an issue as the team will likely be without defensive end Olivier Vernon for the beginning of the season due to a four-game suspension for violating the NFL’s policy on performance enhancing substances.
Beckham is coming off his second consecutive season with 1,305 receiving yards and 12 touchdowns while adding 47 receptions for 447 yards and two touchdowns through nine games last season. While Beckham is undoubtedly one of the best receivers in football, many fans question if he can maintain his level of play over an entire sixteen game season. Additionally, some Giants fans are worried about his injury history that includes a broken ankle that cost him half of last season as well as a hamstring injury that forced him to miss Week 11 against Philadelphia last year and Weeks 9 through 12 of this past preseason.
One fan put it this way: “If we’re going to keep giving huge contracts
Updates To Beckahm Jr.’s Injury
Odell Beckham Jr. is back in the news, but this time it’s not because of his great play on the field. Beckham revealed that he is hoping to return to football in November, but there is no guarantees that he’ll make a full recovery from his injury.
In late September, Beckham Jr. suffered an ankle sprain while participating in a routine workout at the Giants facility. Initial reports indicated that the injury was minor, but after more examination it was determined that he had sustained an ankle tear. This led Beckham Jr. to miss the team’s season-opener against the Dallas Cowboys and their subsequent road games against the Washington Redskins and Philadelphia Eagles.
OBJ underwent surgery on his ankle on October 14th, and although he has been working hard rehabilitating his ankle, there is no guarantee that he will be able to return for the team’s home game against the Seattle Seahawks on November 4th. Thankfully, with three months left in the season there is still a good chance Beckham Jr can make a full recovery and help lead The Giants back to glory during their playoff run.
Position Battle for Barkley and Shepard
Early reports have Odell Beckham Jr. training for a possible return to the NFL in November. Beckham, who most recently played for the Giants, has not played football since injuring his ankle in Week 8 of the 2018 season. Beckham’s agent, Don Yee, spoke with TMZ Sports and said that OBJ is “doing well and progressing” in his rehab from the ankle injury.
A recovery timeline for a player like Beckham is unpredictable, as every injury is different. However, if history is any indication of what to expect, Beckham could miss anywhere from eight to 16 weeks after injuring his ankle – which would put him on track to return in the first half of November.
If Beckham does return in November and can regain his pre-injury form, it would be an intriguing matchup against Atlanta Falcons receiver Julio Jones. In 2017, Jones caught 94 passes for 1,297 yards and 12 touchdowns against only two interceptions playing against Beckham and the Giants defense. With so many talented receivers in the league today it will be difficult for any one player to stand out statistically; however, if he can make a comeback and help lead his team towards victory it would be an impressive feat indeed.
What Will Beckham Bring Back?
After suffering a broken ankle in Week 7, Odell Beckham Jr. is waiting to find out if he can play football again. If he can, Beckham wants to try and come back for the playoffs. However, given his ankle injury, there is definitely room for a comeback, but it will likely be limited.
Beckham had surgery on his ankle in late October and has been working hard rehabbing ever since. In an interview with ESPN’s Josina Anderson, Beckham said that “What I’ve been told is there’s about a 50-50 chance of me playing football again this year.” In terms of when Beckham would like to come back, he said: “I just want to play as soon as possible but we’ll see how everything goes.”
Unfortunately for Beckham and the Giants’ playoff hopes, his ankle still isn’t 100 percent despite the hard work he’s putting in. Anderson reports that “When Beckham tries accelerating or turning quickly on the field…the pain becomes too much,” meaning that even if Beckham is able to come back this season it will likely be limited to certain plays.
Regardless of whether or not Beckham returns this year, he’s already made quite an impact both on and off the field. He’s one of the best receivers in the NFL and one of the most beloved athletes in New York City – something that won’t change even if he never plays football again
The Fumble To End All Fumbles
While there may be skeptics out there regarding Odell Beckham Jr.’s return to the football field, the New York Giants wide receiver firmly believes that he is able to make a full comeback. Beckham acknowledged that his 2017 season was a struggle due to injury, but he is adamant that he can still play at a high level.
Beckham made it clear that his goal is to be available for Week 1 of the 2018 NFL season, but even if he does not make it back until late in the year, he is still eager to put on a show for the fans. With so much riding on his comeback bid, it will be interesting to see whether or not Beckham can finally deliver on this promise.