Odell Beckham Jr. looks as if he has fully recovered from ankle surgery

The New York Giants star receiver sounds like it Youth
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things, I just feel like I'm back in love with what I've always loved," he said
Thursday.Giants coach Pat Shurmur declined to say if Beckham would play in his
first preseason game Friday night against the Detroit Lions ."I've got a plan,"
he said. "It will get revealed."The 25-year-old Beckham broke his left ankle
nearly 10 months ago, putting his short and stellar career in jeopardy. At the
Lions' training facility, there seemed no doubt Beckham is nearly healthy.He ran
sprints and made sharp cuts on his own, testing his ankle. The three-time Pro
Bowler effortlessly made one-handed catches during drills. He also appeared to
run full-speed routs against Detroit defensive backs, including All-Pro
cornerback Darius Slay ."I've been going against Slay since Mississippi State,"
said Beckham, a former LSU star. "Every time I see him, it's always good energy.
Obviously, he's been one of the best corners in the league."And when healthy,
Beckham is one of the NFL's best receivers.He averaged 96 catches, 1,374 yards
receiving and nearly 12 touchdowns per year over his first three seasons. His
last season was cut short in the fourth game, limiting him to 25 catches for 302
yards and three touchdowns.As talented and accomplished as Beckham is, he
acknowledged it was encouraging to face unfamiliar competition."It was a good
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You put the pads on, you go against somebody else. It was a lot of fun. It was
much needed."The Giants don't need to push rookie running back Saquon Barkley
back onto the field with a strained left hamstring, and they probably will not
in Detroit. The No. 2 overall pick was held out of practice for a third straight
day and likely will not play in the team's second preseason game.Barkley
acknowledged it was frustrating to watch practice. And, the former Penn State
star said he could have prevented having his first hamstring injury."It's about
taking care of your body, treating your body, making sure you're hydrated," he
said. "I thought I was doing all of those things right, but it kind of just
showed me that even when you think you're doing enough, you got to find a way to
do more."Beckham, meanwhile, is preaching patience to Barkley because he also
had a hamstring injury as a rookie in 2014."I told him, 'Just take your time,'"
Beckham recalled. "There's nothing you need to prove to any of us. There's
nothing you need to prove to anybody. You know what you're capable of. ... It's
just about getting healthy." Golden Tate is on pace for his first 100-catch
season and his fourth 1,000-yard season in the past five seasons. However, after
the trade from the Lions to the Eagles, Tate may not reach those lofty
numbers.He doesn’t care.“I just want to win,” Tate said Wednesday at his
introductory press conference http://www.thelionsfootballauthentic.com/glover-quin-jersey-authentic ,
via video posted by Dave Uram of KYW News Radio 1060 AM. “That’s why they traded
[for] me. That’s why you all accepted me here — to win games. I don’t know how
I’ll fit in, but I’m open minded.”Tate, 30, has 44 catches for 517 yards and
three touchdowns. The Eagles are led in receiving by their starting tight end,
Zach Ertz, who has 61 receptions for 644 yards and three touchdowns. The team’s
top three wideouts this season are Nelson Agholor (41-372-1), Alshon Jeffery
(29-341-4) and Jordan Matthews (10-200-1).The Eagles have not had a 1,000-yard
receiver since Jeremy Maclin made 85 catches for 1,318 yards and 10 touchdowns
in 2014.“My job is going to be to learn this material and this system as fast as
I can, learn my teammates, try to find a way to bond with these guys pretty
quickly,” Tate said. “I don’t get the offseason and the OTAs and all that. I
kind of missed all that [with the Eagles]. I’m going to be working hard just to
try to fit in. I want to do whatever is going to help this team win. I’m not
coming here demanding anything. I just want to learn it. When an opportunity
falls in my hands, I want to make a play.”Tate is in the final season of a
five-year, $31 million deal he signed with the Lions in 2014 and scheduled to
become a free agent in March.
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