The one-handed catches, game-breaking velocity and stop-on-a-dime cuts have after all left an impression on Pat Shurmur by means of six practices. But the brand new Giants coach appears simply as impressed by Odell Beckham Jr.’s actions away from the cameras and the adoring followers.
“This guy loves to play football, he trains extremely hard, he’s totally engaged in the meetings behind the scenes — the things that the world is not aware of — and he’s got a lot of passion for the game,” Shurmur mentioned earlier than Monday’s coaching camp observe. “We were just out in a walk-through and I saw three or four times when he was talking to different players about certain techniques within the play.”
Beckham, a full participant thus far in camp as he waits on a brand new contract extension from the Giants, has proven no ailing results from the fractured left ankle that restricted him to 4 video games a 12 months in the past. He’s proven burst and the identical athleticism that has netted him three Pro Bowl choices. Just as importantly, the celebrity extensive receiver appears absolutely invested in his teammates and doing no matter he can to make the Giants a winner, his new coach believes.
Shurmur likes to have tight ends who can keep on the sphere on each down, who’re simply as potent within the passing recreation catching the ball as they’re blocking within the working recreation. He sees that potential in Evan Engram, even when the second-year tight finish was identified for his pass-catching talents as a rookie.
“We feel like he’s a three-down tight end,” the first-year head coach mentioned. “He’s improved his blocking. He works on it constantly.”
According to the analytics web site Pro Football Focus, Engram was ranked 66th amongst run-blocking tight ends final 12 months, whereas he was seventh amongst tight ends in landing catches (six), sixth in receptions (64) and fifth in receiving yards (722).
Newcomer Michael Thomas has flown beneath the radar thus far. But the protection’s worth shouldn’t be diminished, defensive backs coach Lou Anarumo believes.
The two have been collectively over the previous 5 years in Miami with the Dolphins, the place Thomas made a reputation for himself as a particular groups ace and helpful backup.
“Michael’s a great guy, and can do so many different things, and I think the stat that I didn’t even realize is he leads the NFL in special teams tackles [with 54] since 2014,” Anarumo mentioned of the 29-year-old defensive again who signed a two-year take care of the Giants in March. “So he’s gonna bring that immediate impact to us, and then he brings some position [flexibility] on defense.”
Linebacker B.J. Goodson made one thing constructive occur on back-to-back performs. When Olivier Vernon pressured Saquon Barkley to take a handoff and lower to the skin, Goodson was there to chase Barkley out of bounds for no achieve. Next, Goodson stood his floor and stood up working again Wayne Gallman for a brief achieve on an inside run. Good indicators from Goodson, the beginning inside linebacker together with Alec Ogletree.
At first, it regarded as if one thing is perhaps up with Barkley, as throughout a water break for the workforce, energy and conditioning coach Aaron Wellman was on the sphere, stretching out Barkley’s large thighs and hamstrings. When it was time to renew the observe, Barkley hopped to his toes and did a bit of dance to the tune taking part in — Michael Jackson’s “The Way You Make Me Feel.’’
There was a short and heated scuffle after Gallman caught a swing cross to the best aspect. Vernon identified the play completely and put a giant hit on Gallman — apparently too large of successful for Gallman’s liking. He shoved Vernon from behind to spark an altercation, though Vernon let others do the heavy lifting and stood on the aspect of the fracas. Gallman and Vernon ultimately made up with a hug.
Running again Jonathan Stewart was held off form for a “vet day,’’ which means he was given the break day by Shurmur. Safety Curtis Riley began observe however didn’t end, as he was despatched to the sideline with a hamstring problem. Cornerback Donte Deayon sat out with a slight hamstring tweak. Shurmur mentioned, “It will probably be simply a short while earlier than he is again on the market.’’ Tight finish Garrett Dickerson (hamstring) sat out once more.