EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Obviously, Odell Beckham Jr. would rather have been practicing in full with his teammates for the past three weeks.
He likes to practice and misses it when he can't be on the field. But the hamstring injury the New York Giants' first-round pick suffered in the first practice of camp on July 22 has kept him on the sideline. That is why Monday felt so good.
"You don't want to open it up too much on the first day, so that definitely wasn't full-speed," Beckham said before Tuesday's practice. "But it does feel good to get back out there and catch a ball from a quarterback and not a JUGS machine."
Beckham worked in the individual portion of practice and not the team portion Monday, but he said his schedule Tuesday called for "individuals-plus," and he speculated that he might get to work in 7-on-7 drills. His progress is steady, though slow and sensible. There's no way he plays in Saturday's preseason game in Indianapolis, but at this point it's not crazy to think he could appear in the Aug. 22 game against the Jets or the Aug. 28 game against the Patriots.
"It's just kind of one of those things where you can't really jump back in and go full-go," Beckham said. "You've got to ease back into it. It felt good to be able to get out there and do at least a little bit of something out there. You kind of feel like you've been caged, and you're just waiting to get out. So it's just about trying to get back out there but do it safely."