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Odell Beckham Jr. held out of Giants OTAs with sore hamstring

New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr.,

New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr., left, talks to children after participating in an organized team activity, Wednesday, May 27, 2015, in East Rutherford, N.J. Credit: AP / Julio Cortez

If Odell Beckham Jr. is trying to replicate his record-setting rookie season, he's off to a good start -- at least when it comes to his offseason availability.

The wide receiver was held out of team drills at Monday's OTA with a hamstring injury.

"Odell is sore," Tom Coughlin said. "Precautionary."

Coughlin noted that it's not the same hamstring that haunted Beckham from about this time last year until he took the field full-time five weeks into the regular season.

There is no indication that this new injury will linger that long.

"Absolutely not," Beckham said when asked if the new injury feels like last year's. "I try not to even think about last year. Comparing this to last year is just not even comparable."

But given what Beckham and the Giants went through in 2014, it's unlikely that they'll take any chances or try to push him along.

"It's always frustrating when you have to miss what you love doing," Beckham said. "Just not practicing today was enough for me. But it's part of the game. The good thing is that it's just precautionary. I don't want to miss anything. I'll just go with the flow."

O-line making 'progress'

The Giants continue to work with the same offensive line they used at the start of OTAs last week: rookie first-round pick Ereck Flowers at left tackle, Justin Pugh at left guard, Weston Richburg at center, Geoff Schwartz at right guard and Marshall Newhouse at right tackle. John Jerry has been splitting first-team reps with Schwartz, who is coming off foot surgery.

"Progress is being made and this is what [OTAs] are all about," Coughlin said. "Throwing them in there and letting them go. See how they do."

The Giants visited with free-agent tackle Jake Long last week but have not made an offer or added any other personnel since Will Beatty was lost for five to six months with a torn pectoral muscle.

"We'll see what happens," Coughlin said. "We'll see how we finish the spring here and so on and so forth."

Giant steps

Defensive end Robert Ayers Jr., injured last week, suffered a lateral sprain to his ankle and was not on the field. Coughlin said Ayers has a lot of swelling but no major damage . . . Linebacker Jon Beason was not on the field because his flight from his home in Charlotte was canceled. He was expected to be with the team in the afternoon . . . Tight end Larry Donnell wore a protective boot on his left foot to help with Achilles tendinitis. He said he partially tore that tendon in college . . . Cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie said he still is bummed that close friend Antrel Rolle no longer is on the team. "Life goes on and it hurt a little bit, but at this point, you just have to get it out of your system," he said before adding that he has yet to do that. "Not that fast."

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