NFL head coaches are notorious for not giving away too much information. Bill Belichick’s press conferences are about as exciting as watching paint dry. Considering that is very normal for Bill Parcell’s protege’s is it any wonder that Tom Coughlin would say as little as possible about his young rookie wide-receiver, Odell Beckham?
Coughlin took to the podium today and was inundated with questions regarding his first round rookie. Apparently he didn’t like the badgering and became agitated over the persistent questioning. He finally said that Beckham could be about three weeks away from playing.
In the middle of his tirade against Odell Beckham questions, Coughlin said he may be three weeks away from playing. #nyg
— Conor Orr (@ConorTOrr) September 1, 2014
The Beckham situation has grown tiresome for Coughlin who’s offense has been rather anemic this pre-season. Beckham has been nursing a hamstring injury that has persisted through camp and through most of the off-season workouts as well. Beckham was supposed to be the Giants answer across from Victor Cruz but hasn’t had a chance to get up to NFL speed.
In most cases NFL wide-receivers have the hardest adjustment time of any position on the offense. Learning defensive reads and coverages can often put first round rookies on a two to three year learning curve. Missing any time during training camp can often put a receiver so far behind that he doesn’t produce enough throughout the season. Then of course there is the relationship with the quarterback. In this case Eli Manning who has been on a downward slump since his Super Bowl XLVI victory against New England three seasons ago.
The Giants will turn to Jerrel Jernigan and Reuben Randal until Beckham can get up to speed.