FLORHAM PARK, N.J. — In a locker room littered with NFL hopefuls desperate to don green and white for the rest of 2016, Terron Beckham was rocking another color: blue.
The distant cousin of Giants star receiver Odell Beckham Jr. turned heads on Day 1 of Jets rookie minicamp not only for his physique, but also his dyed hair.
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So what’s the inspiration behind his colorful coif?
“Dragon Ball Z,” he said with a smile, referring to the Japanese anime series.
Beckham, one of 22 players invited to try out during the three-day practice session, said he hasn’t played in a football game since 2010. But despite his limited experience, the 6-foot, 225-pound running back doesn’t lack confidence.
“I think I can offer an every-down back type of deal,” the 23-year-old said before Friday’s practice, noting his trifecta of speed, power and explosiveness. “I know everybody is waiting on me to get into pads, to see what I can do, and see if I can take a hit, which I believe I can, of course. I definitely think I’d be a big fit. [Former Jets running back] Chris Ivory just left and I see myself as kind of that Chris Ivory type of back, how he runs.”
Strength is his strong suit. He worked as a personal trainer and fitness model for several years. But his dream always was to make it to the NFL.
“The dream never left,” said Beckham, who attended Division III Stevenson University in Owings Mills, Maryland, briefly.
He garnered attention earlier this month when he ran a 4.47 40-yard dash, posted a 4.28 short shuttle and benched 225 pounds 36 times at a pro day workout. But he’s going to need more than a chiseled physique and quickness to stick.
On Friday, Beckham fumbled the handoff on one of his first carries in practice.
“I can do it all, as far as catching, running, be powerful, be explosive, use my strength,” he told reporters before hitting the field. “Everybody knows that I’m a strong guy.”
He may be a long shot to make the team, but coach Todd Bowles appears to like what he’s seen.
“He looks like he knows how to play football,” Bowles said after practice. “He’s studious, he pays attention to detail and he understands what he’s doing.”