Giants’ Odell Beckham Jr. gives some advice to rookie Saquon Barkley
The New York Giants are taking the precautionary route with rookie running back Saquon Barkley. Barkley suffered what has been categorized a mild hamstring injury in practice over the weekend.
Since then, the Giants have moved Barkley along slowly in hopes of avoiding him from suffering any lingering issues from the ailment. At the same time, his teammate Odell Beckham Jr. wants to emphasize the importance that there is no rush for him to get back on the field, according to Jordan Raanan of ESPN.
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“Feel for him? Yeah, I don’t know how you pull your hamstring as a rookie. It’s just unreal,” Beckham said jokingly. “Like I told him, you take your time. There is nothing you need to prove to any of us. There is nothing you need to prove to anyone. Not yourself. You know what you’re capable of. I know what you’re capable of. We know what you’re capable of. It’s about getting healthy.”
Beckham Jr. knows first hand the struggles with hamstring injuries as he had suffered a serious one in his rookie campaign that forced him to miss most of training camp, the preseason, and the first four games of the regular season. He was able to return to perform at a high level, but it was an injury that cost him a significant amount of playing time.
The Giants would like for Barkley to be on the field for Week 1 against the Jacksonville Jaguars. However, the team won’t rush him back if he isn’t ready. If he is unable to give it a go, New York could lean on veteran running back Jonathan Stewart to lead the charge.
Ultimately, these next couple of weeks will be indicative of determining where he’s at physically heading into regular season.