Jerry Reese defended the hiring of David Tyree as the team's director of player development in the face of criticism over Tyree's past comments on gay marriage and homosexuality.

"We do our due diligence on everybody we try to hire around here," the general manager said Wednesday. "Number one, he was qualified for the job and we think he's a terrific fit for us. We're happy to have him on board."

In 2011 Tyree spoke out against gay marriage, saying it would lead to "anarchy." He also posted on social media his belief that homosexuals could decide not to be so. That prompted a stern retribution on Tuesday from the Human Rights Campaign, the day the hiring was announced.

"In this day and age, sometimes you say some things that maybe you don't want to say or shouldn't have said and things can get blown out of proportion to a degree," Reese said, "but I'm not here to talk about social issues or someone's personal opinions about their beliefs."

Reese did run down some of his own thoughts.

"I believe everyone should be treated equal," he said. "I believe everyone should be treated fairly. I believe everyone should have an opinion [be able to say] what they want to say. And most of all I believe that I should mind my own business and try to keep the plank out of my own eye. I think that's what I believe the most." Beckham makes grab

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Not participating in practice didn't stop Odell Beckham Jr. from making the play of the day. The great ones find a way. While he was sidelined with a hamstring injury, the first-round pick was standing behind the end zone during a kickoff drill. A kicked football came whizzing in his direction and Beckham reached up with one hand and snagged it cleanly.

Giant steps

After several players had to be carted off the field on Tuesday because of hydration and heat issues, Tom Coughlin gave the players a five-minute recess during practice during which they sheltered in the shade of the field house. "Breaks have been going on for a thousand years," Coughlin said . . . John Jerry (knee) took his first snaps of camp and rotated with Brandon Mosley at right guard with the starters . . . Walter Thurmond made a physical pass breakup against Rueben Randle.