EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. missed organized team activity practices all last week and sat out again Monday as he continues to deal with a nagging right hamstring problem.
At this point, since it's early June, everyone's convincingly saying there's nothing to worry about. But since Beckham started having issues with his left hamstring this time last year and that problem eventually cost him all of training camp and the first four games of his rookie season, the condition of the young superstar's leg is worth monitoring as long as it's keeping him off the field.
"I think he's just trying to be smart and doesn't want to push this thing any further than he has to," Giants quarterback Eli Manning said. "After what we went through last year, we don't want him missing training camp or any games next season."
Giants coach Tom Coughlin said Beckham "seemed to be a little bit better today, they were able to do more with him,' but he wouldn't speculate as to whether Beckham would be able to take part in next week's mandatory minicamp.
Beckham was on the field with his teammates Monday, but didn't take part in practice. He was stretched out on the sideline by a member of the team's training staff while the rest of the team stretched on the field, then he spent some time with fellow wide receiver Victor Cruz in Cruz's rehab corner before standing on the sideline and watching the remainder of practice.
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Manning was wearing black sleeves on each of his knees, which is new. True to form, Manning downplayed it. "Just being 34, I think," Manning said. "I just like the look. I think it's a good style. It seems to help a little bit, but mainly it looks good. It makes it look like I'm a great athlete."
Linebacker Jameel McClain sat out with a back injury. With linebacker Jonathan Casillas also out, this offered an opportunity for undrafted rookie Cole Farrand of Maryland to run with first-team linebackers Jon Beason and Devon Kennard in some packages.
Tight end Larry Donnell missed practice Monday because of an ongoing Achilles tendon issue.
Geoff Schwartz got a day off from team drills, as John Jerry filled in with the first team offensive line at right guard. Schwartz is coming back from ankle and toe injuries that cost him almost the entire 2014 season. "Some days are good and some aren't," he said when asked what kept him off the field Monday.
Safety Nat Berhe continues to miss practice with a calf injury, and Coughlin seems frustrated with Berhe's missed opportunity. Berhe likely would have been a first-team safety along with rookie Landon Collins in spring practices, but that role has instead fallen to Cooper Taylor. "This would have been the ideal time for him," Coughlin said of Berhe. "Unfortunately, he's not been able to get to where he can really drive. So it's been very slow. Crying over spilled milk there."