Odell Beckham Jr. skipping Giants’ offseason workout at Duke University
Eli Manning, the New York Giants’ wide receivers, and perhaps other Giants players will be working out this week at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina.
Just don’t expect to see Odell Beckham Jr. there.
Beckham said in an interview with New York Newsday that he is skipping the workouts because of impending oral surgery. He expects to be ready for the Giants’ offseason workouts beginning April 18.
The decision for Beckham to skip this entirely voluntary workout raises a few eyebrows. Manning and his receiving corps have worked out at Duke in the offseason for the past five years.
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“The benefits to them are great as they come in here and get a great, private opportunity to work,” Duke head football coach David Cutcliffe said in an interview with the Herald Sun. Cutcliffe was Eli Manning’s head coach at Ole Miss and Peyton Manning’s offensive coordinator/quarterback coach at Tennessee.
“What those guys are doing is creating the proper chemistry and the proper timing to get more prepared for OTAs. We work on all types of throws in all areas of the field,” he said
“(And) it’s a golden opportunity for us. One of our receivers can ask Odell Beckham questions…the benefits for us are phenomenal. They see the quality of work ethic. This is the offseason. What they see is a commitment to excellence from these NFL players. They see greatness is not an accident. That impresses the young people.”
Beckham hasn’t exactly been keeping a low profile since the end of the Giants’ season.
He spent time in Europe touring with his friend, recording artist Drake. Beckham was at the Men’s Final Four in Phoenix cheering on eventual national champion North Carolina.
This is certainly not a red flag as Beckham is not required contractually to work out with his teammates for another two weeks. It would have been nice to see him with his teammates at Duke getting for 2017, especially with the way 2016 ended.
ESPN’s Jordan Ranaan reports that wide receivers Brandon Marshall, Sterling Shepard, Tavarres King, and Roger Lewis are among those at Duke working out with Manning and backup quarterback Josh Johnson.
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