Odell Beckham is still struggling with a right hamstring injury, which has caused him to miss the New York Giants' offseason workouts. The star wide receiver recently stated that he’s on his way back to recovery but won’t rush the return so it won’t aggravate the injury again.
“It feels a lot better, actually,” Beckham told Kim Jones of NFL Media. “I’d rather be healthy than anything else. I just don’t want to go through what I had to go through last year. Not just for myself, but for this team.”
The 22-year-old Beckham, who is considered one of the rising stars in the league and one of its most exciting players, suffered a left hamstring injury last year that caused him to miss all preseason games and five regular season games in 2014.
A first-round pick in the 2014 NFL draft and the 12th overall pick by the Giants, the wide receiver had 1,305 receiving yards on 91 catches with 12 touchdowns in 12 games in his rookie season. He holds the Giants’ franchise records for total receiving yards in a season and most receptions plus the most receptions (12) by a rookie wide receiver in a game versus the Washington Redskins.
Beckham played for Louisiana State University in college and was rated as one of the top WRs in the nation entering the NFL.
Beckham also made the 2014 NFL Pro Bowl team as a rookie and landed on the cover of the Madden NFL 16. He beat out Rob Gronkowski of the New England Patriots for the honor and became the youngest player to grace the cover of the popular video game.
The team and Beckham stated in various reports that the wide receiver’s hamstring injury this offseason is not as severe as last year’s and that he may be healthy enough to see action on opening day.