The New York Giants have already suffered one injury scare in the first week of training camp as they seek their first playoff berth since winning the Super Bowl in 2012.
Odell Beckham Jr. left practice on Sunday after hurting his left leg while getting tangled up with cornerback Janoris Jenkins on a deep pass. The wide receiver wasn’t seriously injured, only suffering cuts to his lower leg in what he called a “minor setback.”
Beckham didn’t participate in Tuesday’s practice, which was the Giants’ first full-pads practice of training camp, but he was on the field, working with a trainer on the sideline.
"We worked him back pretty much on the side today," first-year head coach Ben McAdoo said after Tuesday's practice. "He was a little tender, had some swelling, so we were smart with him today."
Beckham, who finished fifth in receiving yards (1,450) last season, was one of the few bright spots for the Giants. The team finished with a 6-10 record for a second consecutive season, matching their worst overall mark since 2004.
New York may have a revived defense with defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul expected back to start the season. Pierre-Paul, who played just eight games in 2015 after having his right index finger amputated, received glowing early reviews from general manager Jerry Reese, who on Sunday described the 27-year-old as "a beast."
"His motor's running hot," Reese told reporters. "You're talking about a guy that looked like he's on a mission. He looks like he's on a mission to me. And actually talking to Coach McAdoo last night, he was like 'Man, I got to tone Jason down a little bit because he's going so hard out there.' He's a man on a mission. He looked like the old JPP."
But it won't be the same unit that surrounds Pierre-Paul, as the Giants spared no expense in free agency in the offseason. Upgrading a defense that ranked dead last in the NFL, New York gave out lucrative contracts to some of the best players available. Jenkins, defensive end Olivier Vernon and defensive tackle Damon Harrison were part of the group that received $106.3 million in guarantees.
Harrison started training camp on the Physically Unable to Perform list, but he is back in action practicing on Tuesday. He signed a four-year, $46.25 million contract after recording 72 tackles last season for the Jets.
"It’s something that’s been going on for a while" Harrison said on Tuesday, via Big Blue View. "It’s no secret that I’ve had a couple surgeries on my knee. So normally I’ll, you know, fight through it, but the Giants wanted to make sure I came back and was 100 percent with no swelling. This was probably the first practice I’ve had with no pain in two years."
It won’t be long before many of the newest Giants take the field against another team for the first time. New York plays their first preseason game in just 10 days, hosting the Miami Dolphins on Aug. 12. The Giants conclude the preseason against the New England Patriots on Sept. 1, and they open the regular season on Sunday, Sept. 11 against the Dallas Cowboys.
Giants 2016 Preseason Schedule
Week 1: vs. Miami Dolphins, Friday, Aug. 12, 7 p.m. ET
Week 2: at Buffalo Bills, Saturday, Aug. 20, 4 p.m. ET
Week 3: vs. New York Jets, Saturday, Aug. 27, 7:30 p.m. ET
Week 4: vs. New England Patriots, Thursday, Sept. 1, 7 p.m. ET