Last year everyone in Giantsland yearned to see Odell Beckham Jr. and Victor Cruz working together.
This is not what they had in mind.
The two Pro Bowl receivers have been sidelined at team OTAs for at least a week, Cruz going through rehab for the patellar tendon tear he suffered last October and Beckham going easy on a sore hamstring.
At Monday's workout, they were side-by-side but on the side, stretching and gingerly going through agility drills while the rest of the team practiced nearby.
Cruz's timetable remains intact and his rehab is on schedule. He is not expected to participate in any of these offseason workouts and still is aiming to return at the start of training camp in late July.
Beckham, though, was expected to be out there every day. And even though he and others have said this is nowhere near the severity of last year's hamstring injury -- which cost him the entire offseason program and training camp and the first four weeks of the regular season -- it still is cause for concern.
He is, however, making progress.
"[He] seems to be better, seems to be a little bit better today," Tom Coughlin said after Monday's practice. "They did more with him."
Coughlin said he's not sure if Beckham will be available for next week's three-day minicamp.
"I only know what they tell me," he said. "They probably won't be able to project that until we see this week."
Eli Manning said he'd much rather see Beckham be overly cautious now in the name of being available when the regular season rolls around in three months.
"I think he's just trying to be smart and [doesn't] want to push this thing longer than it has to be, which is kind of what we went through last year," Manning said. "I think we're trying to avoid that. We don't want him missing training camp and missing, obviously, games next year, so hopefully he can get healthy real soon and get back to the team and back to practice."
Maybe then Beckham and Cruz can be side-by-side on the field and not working with trainers.
"You like to have all of your weapons out there and work with them and get on the same page with timing and get the chemistry going," Manning said. "It's good to have all of your guys out there competing and seeing where we stand."