Rueben Randle is one of the few Giants who personally can attest to Odell Beckham Jr.'s abilities. They were teammates at LSU, so he knows what the first-round pick is capable of even if he still hasn't participated in a full practice with the Giants because of hamstring issues dating to the spring.
But Randle said he doesn't think he has to vouch for his fellow receiver's abilities, even though so few have been able to glimpse them.
"With his ability, he's definitely going to take us to another level,'' Randle said of Beckham's potential impact. "I'm pretty sure he's going to answer all of those questions once he gets out there playing.''
That could come this week. Beckham remains on a trajectory to make his pro debut Sunday against the Falcons. He was limited in practice Monday but continues to increase his workload. His availability will be determined at the end of the week.
"I definitely want to, but at the end of the day, that's not really my decision,'' Beckham said. "I'm just trying to stay right by Coach, get as many reps as I can and go from there. If I get the opportunity to play, then I'll do what I can do. I want to play as soon as possible, but it's not really all the way up to me.''
Tom Coughlin, who will make the decision, said to get on the field Sunday, Beckham must stay on the field this week.
"He has to practice consecutive days, he has to be able to show us that he's not only strong enough, but can endure day after day,'' he said. "There's some room here to make some progress and impress everybody.''
That's what Beckham would love to do. He said the plan is to go "pretty much full'' when the Giants return to practice Wednesday. He said he "cut it loose'' once Monday during a light practice.
"It's good to get Odell out there, even just throwing routes with him,'' Eli Manning said. "Just small steps, just trying to get on the same page. I have not thrown many routes with him . . . We're going to have to work hard with him to get him up to speed so when he's in there, he's confident, he can play fast.''
The offense has totaled 75 points in the last two games. Adding Beckham to the mix, most players agree, should only improve its efficiency and potency. "Just having him back in the huddle is going to be great for our team,'' Randle said.
And for those who still are wondering about his abilities?
"All you have to do is turn on the film [from college] to see what he's capable of doing,'' Randle said, "and I'm pretty sure he's going to be able to do it on this level, as well.''