The Giants Guys

Thursday Roundup: Odell better, but not practicing

The New York Giants could be without WR Odell Beckham, Jr. for the third consecutive week with a quad injury. The team was at the Quest Diagnostic Training Center preparing for their upcoming game in Indianapolis this Sunday versus the surging 8-6 Colts.

Beckham was not practicing with the team. He was taking in passes from the Jugs machine on the side with his injured quad heavily taped.

“I’m definitely feeling better. Just kind of taking it day by day,” Beckham told reporters on Thursday. “That’s all you can really do at this point. I feel like initially when this happened I didn’t think much of it and it might have been a little more serious than I thought. Just trying to find my way back. You only get 16 opportunities to play games. Missing them is not fun. I feel like I’ve missed enough games already, so I’m just trying to get back as fast as possible.”

When asked if he’ll be shutting it down or the season, Beckham said that was not his plan.

“If I can play, I’m going to play. It’s just the bottom line. You dreamed of being here, you dedicated, gave everything to be here, so you do all this to play games. As much fun as meetings are and all that other stuff, like you do this to play games, so if I can play, I’m in…”

Also not practicing on Thursday….LB Alec Ogletree (Concussion), C Spencer Pulley (Calf) and WR Russell Shepard (Ankle). Defensive end Kerry Wynn (Thumb) was limited.

DC James Bettcher on last week’s sloppy performance against the Titans…. “Coming off a game where we really didn’t tackle as well as we need to tackle and you can talk about a lot of things in the game and maybe some particular plays, but just overall we have to tackle better. Something we knew going into the game, it was going to be important and that’s execution in the moment and we got to coach it better, we got to tackle better.”

DB Michael Thomas on Colts’ WR T.Y. Hilton…. “They have a lot of weapons on that team, but the fact that he’s just fast. You can’t coach that. It doesn’t matter if you game plan for it or not, he has a unique ability that you can’t coach. He’s using that to the best of his ability. He has a quarterback that can get him the ball, no matter if he’s got people covering him or not.”

Special teams coordinator Thomas McGaughey said he thought PK Aldrick Rosas had the potential to become a Pro Bowler about “halfway through” this season:

“When you look at him and what he was doing, he was super consistent. The misses that he had in practice, which is like small misses, and he was just consistent. You just saw the consistency every day, and then he was doing it in the games. His warmups, he was just super, super consistent. Once I saw that, kind of midway through, you knew he had the potential and he had a chance to just keep it rolling, and he’s done a great job, he really has.” 



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