Hamstring forces Beckum out, again

Travis Beckum

Travis Beckum

#47 TE
New York Giants

2011 STATS

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Injured Giants tight end Travis Beckum said on Friday that his hamstring was "getting better." But apparently it's not healthy enough for him to play Monday.

Beckum missed practice on Saturday was ruled out of the Giants' home-opener against St. Louis.

The tight end also sat out of last Sunday's loss in Washington. Jake Ballard started in his place, catching two balls for 59 yards. All indications are that Ballard will start again on Monday.

Beckum is considered to have better hands than Ballard and Bear Pascoe but Ballard has surprised some members of the team's staff with his pass-catching ability. He made a 41-yard reception in the first half against the Redskins.

It's still early, but the Giants have thus far struggled to fill a void at tight end left by Kevin Boss, who signed with Oakland in the preseason.

Ballard's two catches were all the production the Giants got out of the position in Week 1.

It's certainly not going to be easy to replace Boss with Beckum, Ballard and Pascoe.

Beckum caught 13 passes for 116 yards last season, in a variety of roles. But that total was 22 fewer than Boss hauled in.

GM Jerry Reese, in defending his decision not to re-sign Boss, said last month that Beckum was capable of catching 35 passes this season -- the same number Boss caught.

But it's going to be hard to do that if he's not on the field.