FLORHAM PARK, N.J. -- When he met with reporters on the first day of his three-day tryout with the New York Jets, the first question to Terron Beckham was, what’s with the blue hair?
Beckham hadn’t dyed his hair blue to support his cousin, New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr., he said, but to recognize the characters of the animated television series "Dragon Ball Z Kai."
“I’m an anime cartoon fan, so I’m kind of going off those traits, basically," he said. “That’s all."
The 23-year-old Beckham, a 6-foot, 225-pound running back hopeful, is quite the curiosity in the Jets’ rookie minicamp because of his connection to the Giants' star receiver and the fact he never played college football. A personal trainer and fitness model, he was signed by the Jets to a tryout agreement after they were one of several teams who attended his pro day last month and had him do a private workout for them the next day. He reportedly ran the 40-yard dash in 4.47 seconds, bench-pressed 225 pounds 36 times and had a vertical leap measured at 44.5 inches.
But he hasn’t played in a football game since high school, in 2010.
“I have strength, I have speed, I have power, explosiveness," said Beckham, who admitted he hasn’t spoken much to his famous cousin over the past few years. “I know everybody’s waiting on me to get into pads and see what I can do, and see if I can take a hit, which I believe I can, of course. And somebody who definitely is reliable, too. I definitely think I’ll be a big fit, especially with -- there’s Matt Forte here, Chris Ivory just left, and I see myself as kind of that Chris Ivory-type of back, how he runs."
Beckham took a few handoffs when the Jets worked on goal-line offense, but in his first and only touch in 11-on-11 drills, he fumbled the football. Nevertheless, Jets coach Todd Bowles said nice things about him, praising his study habits and his attention to detail and saying, “he looks like he knows how to play football."
“Obviously, he’s quicker than I thought he was," Bowles said of Beckham. “I didn’t know what to expect with him coming in. But he’s quick, he studies and he learns. I’ll be interested to see what he does the next two days."