A month from now both the Jets and the Giants will report for training camp.
A storyline that I expect to be front and center about a month from now is the contractual status of one Odell Beckham, Jr.
Beckham is still playing on his rookie contract, and based upon his performance since he has come into the league, he is clearly worth far more.
He has made it very clear that he wants a new contract as soon as possible.
Beckham on the field has been as good as it gets at the wide receiver position, but the distractions on the sidelines and off the field have caused many to wonder whether the Giants would commit to making their first-round pick from 2014 one of the highest paid players in the sport.
Training camp is usually the stage of the season where you will see a team and its contract-seeking star play hardball.
It happened last year with LeVeon Bell and the Pittsburgh Steelers. It’s happened with countless players over the years.
The Giants have challenged Beckham publicly this offseason.
New general manager Dave Gettelman and head coach Pat Shurmur have made it clear that the antics that have been common place over the last few seasons from Beckham will not be tolerated.
Giants ownership sat Beckham down and basically issued an ultimatum: shape up or ship out.
It seems like the message has gotten through to Odell Beckham, Jr.
Beckham has been a part of basically every single offseason training activity throughout the spring.
No bellyaching to the media, no complaining through social media. Beckham took the positive start to another level on Saturday.
At his youth football camp, Beckham was asked by members of the media if we should expect to see him at the start of training camp.
His response was simple. “Yes sir, yes you will.”
This is great news for the New York Giants.
Beckham is their most dynamic offensive player. You have a new system, new playbook, new coach, you want him a part of every team activity there is.
Having Beckham right out of the gate and on the field after coming back from an ankle injury is an absolute must for this team.
It’s also the sort of commitment that should have the Giants feeling a lot better about making Beckham the highest paid receiver in the sport.
The Giants challenged Beckham, and so far to the delight of management and Giants fans alike, he is answering the call.
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