Beckum feels OK after first run

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Giants tight end Travis Beckum ran Tuesday for the first time since tearing the ACL in his right knee in Super Bowl XLVI.

"My knee actually feels good," Beckum said on Wednesday. "Yesterday was a little weird, because obviously it was my first time running in a while. Kinda did some jogging in place today, and what I felt yesterday, I don’t feel today, so I guess that’s a good sign."

When asked if he felt discomfort on Tuesday, Beckum replied, "Not necessarily discomfort. Just a feeling that I hadn’t felt in a while. ... Kinda felt something on my patella, as far as right where my scar was. Did it today, and didn’t feel that, so I'm assuming it’s just breaking up the scar tissue."

When asked what's next in terms of his rehab, Beckum said, "I don’t know. It’s kinda one of those things, you don’t want to overdo it. I’m gonna take it day by day, and whatever the training staff says, [I'll do]."

He added that when the Giants' minicamp ends on Thursday, Beckum will stay behind and continue his rehab here, leading up to the start of training camp in Albany in late July.

Beckum could be a key player for the Giants in 2012, as the team does not have an established starter at the tight end position. Jake Ballard, last year's starter, was expected to miss most if not all of 2012 due to injury, and then was snatched up by the Patriots on waivers Tuesday.

The fourth-year player sounds well aware of the opportunity in front of him, and is also trying to add bulk to his relatively-undersized frame.

"I am trying to get a little bigger," Beckum said. "I weigh about 242 [pounds] right now. That is the biggest I have been since the [NFL] combine."

And his goal is to be back for the start of the 2012 regular season. "It is," Beckum said. "Obviously I wanna come back as soon as possible. But I gotta listen to my knee, and listen to the training staff."