Okay, so it wasn’t in a regular-season game. It wasn’t even a preseason game. But it was in the team portion of the Giants’ minicamp, and that by itself represented progress for the team’s first-round draft choice.
Beckham has been slowed by a strained hamstring. He was limited to individual drills when the camp opened yesterday. It seemed he might advance no further until training camp next month. But Beckham felt better today – he estimates he’s at 85 percent – so he received permission to increase his workload.
“We got him in there for a little,” coach Tom Coughlin said.
Beckham provided one of the day’s highlights when he leaped in the end zone to catch a pass from Ryan Nassib.
“It was good to just be able to run around, just to try to be able to make plays for this team and this offense and really just feel comfortable again running around and getting back on that hamstring,” Beckham said. “Once I warmed up I started moving around and it felt a lot better. It felt good to finally be able to run around and feel somewhat comfortable.”
- Coughlin was asked his assessment of second-year defensive end Damontre Moore, who is expected to play a larger role on defense this season.
“He’s made good, steady progress,” Coughlin said. “He’s, naturally, a year later, a year more into it so he’s more comfortable with what’s going on. It’s not one of those things where you don’t notice that he’s out there because he does have a correction here or there. We like what we see. His continued development in the weight room with just some added muscle and strength, a little bit more size is something that will help a lot.”
- Tight end Larry Donnell was taken to Hackensack Medical Center for dehydration following practice, which was conducted in 90-degree temperatures with high humidity. He received treatment and is recovering well. Donnell will be discharged this afternoon.
- The minicamp concludes with a single workout tomorrow. The veterans will depart until they report for training camp on July 21. The rookies have some team requirements on Friday and then they will be free until the same reporting date. The draft class will participate in the NFL’s Rookie Symposium next week in Ohio.