Giants Rookie Wide Receiver Odell Beckham Set To Make NFL Debut

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New York Giants first-round draft pick wide receiver Odell Beckham could make his NFL debut on Sunday against the 2-2 Atlanta Falcons. His status should be confirmed on Friday afternoon barring any setbacks after the team’s final practice before the game. The former LSU Tiger has been battling a hamstring injury suffered during the NFL pre-season. Beckham has been a limited participant in practice all week as the Giants try to make sure he doesn’t reaggravate his injury. OBJ told reporters this week, “I don’t know the number, but I know from the GPS that I was running just as [fast] or [faster] than I was last week,” Beckham said after practice. “So I’ve been feeling pretty good, although at the same time, I’m trying to save some juice for Sunday.”

Coach Tom Coughlin isn’t making promises about the talented rookie’s availability either. Coughlin told reporters Beckham would be a game-time decision Sunday. Whether Beckham plays on Sunday will be determined by how his hamstring feels in the morning and during pregame warmups. Even so, all signals finally appear to be a go for the first-round pick from LSU. Beckham and the Giants endured a four-month battle with a stubborn hamstring that’s kept him off the field.

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Beckham Versatility

If healthy, Beckham could be a welcomed addition to both the Giants receving corps and their special teams unit. The rGiants have broached the idea of him returning punts Sunday. He said, “It’s a mystery to me, too,” Beckham said of a potential assignment returning punts. “I don’t exactly know. Any opportunity I get, I just want to make the best of it.” Fantasy football owners need to take note. The NFL debut of Odell Beckham could impact the touches of Big Blue tight end Larry Donnell and wide receivers Victor Cruz and Reuben Randle.

Saturday NFL Injury Report

Richie “Dick” Burns and Mike Hunt, F&TS’ correspondents, filed a late injury report on Saturday night. New York Jets wide receiver Eric Decker is a game-time decision with a sore hamstring. Wide receiver Brandon Marshall of the Chicago Bears is questionable with a sore ankle. Running back Arian Foster could miss Sunday’s game due to his injured hamstring. Tight end Vernon Davis of the San Francisco 49ers is questionable with a sore back, while Minnesota Vikings quarterback Teddy Bridgewater is inactive and will not play on Sunday.