Eli Manning praises Odell Beckham Jr. for showing up at Giants' conditioning program

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Reports have stated earlier this offseason that Odell Beckham Jr. would not set foot on the field for the New York Giants if he wasn't given a contract extension with the pay which he desired. Giants fans will be happy to hear though at least he's taking the steps to be healthy again.

Beckham attended the opening day of the Giants' offseason conditioning program on Monday in the middle of his reported holdout where he hopes to be given a new deal where he is paid in the same region as some of the best quarterbacks in the league of $20 million a year.

The wide receiver is still recovering from an ankle injury which sidelined him last season. Beckham is scheduled to make $8.459 million in the final year of his rookie deal, but he reportedly wants over double that every year moving forward.

Despite the reported contractual problems, Giants quarterback Eli Manning is seeing the brighter side of Beckham's presence at the opening day of the team's offseason conditioning program, as despite the speculation, he believes it's important for him to be here.

Manning said to Ralph Vacchiano of SNY when asked about Beckham's attendance: "I think it’s important for the guys to be here, especially with a new offense … When guys start missing these meetings, you get behind and you have to re-teach it and slow things down for guys to catch up."

The wide receiver was noticeably absent from Manning's workouts with the team's receiving group at Duke University last week, but the quarterback defended his absence, saying he wasn't concerned about it due to his rehab schedule from his ankle surgery.

Manning also said to Tom Rock of Newsday that he hopes Beckham continues to play for the Giants for years to come.

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He said: “I think over the years you just can’t get caught up with what’s being said on TV or in the news or what people assume is happening. It doesn’t help. You don’t know where these things get started or where it’s going.

"I think it’s important when those things happen to just have great communication with your coaches and with the ownership and whatnot and make sure everyone is on the same page. I never got too concerned with it. We all know the talent that Odell has and what he brings to the football field and I look forward to playing with him this year and for years to come.”

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