Odell Beckham Jr. spent most of Tuesday’s practice in spectator mode, watching the action from the sideline in the team’s first workout since the star receiver gave them a scare with a lower leg injury on Sunday. It turned out to be just a few cuts from getting cleated, but it was enough to keep Beckham out of the action for at least one day.
“We worked him back pretty much on the side today,” Ben McAdoo said of Beckham’s itinerary, which included running and stretching with trainers on an adjacent field for the first part of practice. “He was a little tender, had some swelling, so we were smart with him today.”
Meanwhile, Victor Cruz participated in his first padded practice since last summer. His reps were dialed back on Sunday but appeared to return to a full load on Tuesday.
“He seemed to do fine,” McAdoo said. “I didn’t notice anything.”
Paul Perkins figured the toughest part of being a rookie running back in the NFL would be recognizing the defenses, picking up blitzes, and getting used to the speed of the game. Not so much, it turns out.
“It’s come quick,” the fifth-round pick told Newsday on Tuesday. “I’m adjusting better than I thought I would.”
Others think so as well.
“I’ve seen flashes, which is always a good thing you want to see out of a young player like him,” running backs coach Craig Johnson said. “He’s made a couple of good catches, he’s had a couple of nice bursts through the line of scrimmage.”
Is he getting it more quickly than most rookies?
“I would say yes,” Johnson said.
DT Damon Harrison came off PUP, but McAdoo suggested it could be a while before the other two players on the list — DT Jay Bromley (ankle) and LB J.T. Thomas (hamstring) — are cleared. “They both have a little ways to go,” he said . . . Undrafted rookie WR Roger Lewis made a nice diving grab along the sideline in practice. Lewis has been making big plays on a regular basis through camp . . . McAdoo said he was impressed by what rookie Sterling Shepard was able to do as a receiver with Beckham not available, but it wasn’t all roses and lollipops for the second-round pick. “I didn’t like his kickoff return drill,” McAdoo said sternly. “We talked about that.” . . . McAdoo said second-year player Bobby Hart could win the job at right tackle over incumbent Marshall Newhouse. “Bobby is going to have the opportunity to start,” McAdoo said. “He’s just got to win the job. It’s there for him.”