There have been some promising signs that Odell Beckham Jr. is recovering nicely from his ankle injury which kept him out for most of last season, but nothing could be more encouraging than seeing him take part in the New York Giants' opening day of voluntary organized team activities (OTAs) on Monday.
Beckham had 25 receptions for 302 yards and three touchdowns after four games last year before fracturing his ankle in a Week 5 contest against the Los Angeles Chargers which ruled him out of the rest of the season.
Despite the requests of wanting to be one of the highest paid players in the league on an average annual salary of a reported $20 million, the 25-year-old wide receiver showed up at the first day of the Giants' OTAs and he did not disappoint fans looking for any signs of his recovery from ankle surgery going well.
Tom Rock of Newsday Sports filmed the three-time Pro Bowler taking part in several different drills, showing some good footwork whilst catching and moving with the football, which is bound to be a great sight for many Giants fans to see.
However, he is still being held out of other drills as he continues his recovery from his ankle surgery, and he also hasn't been medically cleared to participate in high-impact or team exercises. Still, the videos below show that his recovery is going in the right direction.
Giants head coach Pat Shurmur was encouraged by Beckham's performance at the opening day of voluntary OTAs.
He told reporters after practice, according to Jordan Raanan of ESPN: "Looks good. He's out here moving around. He's chomping at the bit, wanted to get out and do more than we're allowing him to at this point. We're just trying to make sure everything is healed to the fullest before we put him out there.
"He can't fully compete yet, [but] he gets a chance to see it. And there is a lot to be learned by watching. It's good to have him here."
Entering the final year of his rookie contract where he will earn a little over $8.4 million, Beckham is looking for a new, long-term contract with New York, though there are no signs the two sides are actually progressing toward a deal. If no deal is worked out, which seems highly unlikely, then he will become an unrestricted free agent next summer.