After an awe-inspiring 2014 season New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham is the focus of much attention as we get ready for the upcoming 2015 campaign.
The Giants are hoping that the LSU alum will once again wreak havoc on opposing secondaries and it looks likely his performances will be key if the franchise are to improve on a 6-10 record.
Unfortunately their recent OTAs were marred little by news that ODB was dealing with a hamstring issue and now fresh reports suggest the issue could be a little more serious than first insinuated.
As reported by ESPN, Odell Beckham Jr. was agains missing from team activities on Monday having missed the entirety of last week's workouts with an ongoing hamstring problem.
With the Giants treating their new star with kid gloves it now looks increasingly likely that, like this time last year, Beckham will be kept out of action through minicamp as a precaution. Head coach Tom Coughlin himself admitted he was unsure if the wide receiver would be involved before training camp.
With Victor Cruz also on the sidelines as he continues his rehab the Giants' quarterback Eli Manning is having to begin preparation for 2015 without two key men. He is, though, backing the decision not to risk Odell Beckham at this time:
"I think he's just trying to be smart and doesn't want to push this thing any further than he has to...After what we went through last year, we don't want him missing training camp or any games next season."
Rearing its head
The issue Eli Manning alludes to is the fact that hamstring issues are nothing new for Odell Beckham Jr. The star missed all of minicamp, training camp and pre-season as well as the first four games of 2014 due to a hamstring strain.
Even though the hamstring issue causing problems this time around is in the other leg, those involved at the franchise will be slightly concerned that the problem has resurfaced for the second time in 12 months.
Hopefully for all concerned their softly softly approach will ensure ODB is fit and raring to go to build on an astonishing rookie campaign but for now it looks like we will have to wait a while to see him at full speed.