The Giants might never change Odell Beckham Jr.’s personality or his penchant for finding controversy, but they hope to alter their star wide receiver’s approach to hydration.
Beckham, who left the playing field before halftime to receive IV fluids for the second time this season Oct. 11 against Philadelphia, indicated on Friday that water is not generally his beverage of choice.
“I really don’t like water. I’m trying. I’m trying. I really just don’t like it,” he said Friday. “You know when you get that stomach feeling, when it’s all squishy? I’m trying to stay hydrated.
“Sometimes I just gotta get an IV, it’s just necessary. You’re cramping in both calves, it’s hard to run and make cuts. If you’re cramping and dehydrated, you’re susceptible to something else. I’m trying to stay on top of it the best that I can.”
Giants coach Pat Shurmur seemed incredulous when Beckham’s latest words were relayed to him.
“We gotta work with that. Certainly that’s your main way to hydrate. I like water. I’m a big fan of water, actually,” Shurmur said. “That’s news to me. We certainly, listen, Odell and I and the players, we talk about a lot of things. We don’t talk about our like and dislike for water.”
He then shook his head and muttered, “What a business.”
Corey Coleman was talented enough to be chosen 15th overall in the 2016 draft by Cleveland, but the Giants already are his fourth NFL team after they signed the wide receiver to the practice squad on Thursday.
“We brought him here because we feel like he’s got a future,” Shurmur said. “He’s a talented young man. He’s very talented, he’s fast, he’s a good receiver. He’s been a couple of places already, and we’re kicking the tires on him with the idea that he’s got a future.”
Coleman, who was released by Buffalo and New England this season, was named in a police report but not charged regarding an alleged assault in Cleveland last January. He also was sent home from a Browns road trip last season for breaking curfew while injured.
“First of all, we believe he’s a really fine player, and based on what we’ve heard, he’s moved on from those situations, and certainly guys have an opportunity to grow,” Shurmur said. “We’re hopeful that he’s got a future here.”
Coleman could be a candidate for activation on Monday with kick returner Jawill Davis in the concussion protocol. Practice squad wideout Quadree Henderson is another possibility for promotion. Linebacker Olivier Vernon (ribs) was a full participant in practice.