NFL Network’s Kimberly Jones confirmed this morning that Odell would officially be reporting to Giants training camp on time.
While the news brings excitement to Giants fans, it also allows them to let out a sigh of relief. With the whole contract extension ordeal, there was sure to be a lot of unruly headlines and drama surrounding Beckham if he had been even a second late to camp.
If you follow the team’s star wide receiver on Instagram, you know he’s taking the phrase “no off-season” very seriously. He’s spent the last several months training with teammate Sterling Shephard, rookie Saquon Barkley and former teammate and close friend Jarvis Landry. Whether it’s in the weight room, or running up hills with resistance bands pulling him back, it’s clear the man is ready to get back on the field. Jones also reported that a source close to Odell said, “he wants to play football, he wants to win.”
Despite the contract extension drama, it’s clear Odell not only wants to play but wants to play in New York. Though he missed voluntary workouts, he showed up for the mandatory minicamp, and will report to training camp on time. That’s not to say he won’t still hold out until he gets paid, but Giants fans should be excited. It’s clear Odell’s ankle is no longer an issue, and I find it hard to believe the Giants will let him get away. After dismissing GM Jerry Reese and coach Ben McAdoo, it’s clear this team is ready to make ballsy decisions. With a new GM, a fresh coaching staff, a rookie class led by Saquon Barkley, and the signing of left tackle Nate Solder, this could be a big season for the Giants. With such a positive season on the horizon, I can’t see the team holding out and not giving Odell the money he so very much deserves. The drama isn’t over yet, but things are looking positive for the Giants.
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