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Giants open OTAs with Odell Beckham Jr. in the building

Giants open OTAs with Odell Beckham Jr. in the building

Shurmur said Monday he doesn't know how long Beckham plans to stay with the Giants during the rest of the offseason program. He explained he'd not spoke to Beckham following the trade rumors surfaced or right after the online video appeared on the internet.

Attending voluntary workouts is a show of good faith for Beckham, who is seeking a long-term contract that will make him one of the NFL's highest-paid players.

Beckham previous year did not take part in the Giants' offseason program, opting to do his work in Los Angeles.

"I think it's important Odell is here", Shurmur said, according to Paul Schwartz of the New York Post. On the heels of Mara's comments NFL Network reported that Beckham Jr. would "not set foot on a field without a new contract extension agreed to with the Giants or any other team".

"I really believe that Odell is a professional and he wants to be great", said Shurmur, who expects to know more about Beckham's ankle by the end of the week. "I'm glad he's here today". "I look forward to Odell getting one day better".

Shurmur said he "communicated" with Beckham after the National Football League owners' meetings two weeks ago in Orlando, when a swirl of fiction and non-fiction circulated about Beckham, the video of him in a Paris hotel with a French model (and substances that looked like drugs), the Giants' irritation with the video as the latest Beckham distraction and the Giants fielding trade offers for him.

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New head coach Pat Shurmur confirmed Beckham's arrival and quickly began gushing about his receiver.

Beckham has 313 catches for 4,424 yards with 38 touchdowns in four seasons with the Giants.

So was Eli Manning. I think it's important that Odell is here.

"For the most part, we're trying to get things started, take advantage of the extra time we have and we want to grow away from basically what happened a year ago, the 3-13 season", the former Minnesota Vikings offensive coordinator said.

For a player that has been labeled as immature by the media and fans, Beckham's arrival to voluntary workouts is anything but that as he prepares to make a comeback from an ankle injury that limited him to just four games previous year.


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