Despite missing the majority of the preseason and the first four games of the regular season, Odell Beckham Jr. was a man among boys during his introduction to the NFL last year. His speed, talent and swagger didn’t just earn him Rookie of the Year honors, but also a spot on the Madden 16 cover.
Now it’s time to follow up on a fabulous first year, but Beckham’s health concerns are already shooting up some red flags very similar to last season. As opposed to Beckham’s left hamstring, which he tweaked last spring, he’s now struggling with an injured right hamstring. Last season’s injury proved to be more than a “tweak” costing him the first quarter of the season. Now all eyes are on Beckham to evaluate how serious this new injury is.
“Whatever the medical people tell me is what I do,” Tom Coughlin told New Jersey reporter, Jordan Raanan. “If he could go, he’d be out there.”
There’s little need to push any receiver in June, but this injury should bring up a lot of questions and concerns. Will OBJ miss the start of the season again? Will a hamstring injury hinder his entire career? Is this the effect of the Madden Curse?
The problem right now is, there is no good answer to any of those questions. Hamstring injuries tend to linger, resurface, and reoccur. If Beckham’s right hamstring does flare up, you can almost guarantee that the Giants will move very slowly with his rehab, even if he has to miss regular season games.
Right now, OBJ isn’t a big gamble, but a gamble nonetheless. Rolling the dice on him is banking on his lower extremities holding up, barring any other injuries as well. If Beckham Jr. can put together a full season, he’ll put up the numbers of an elite receiver and live up to all the hype.