The enticing dream situation unfolded in red zone drills with wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr., back for his second practice after skipping organized team activities, making a sliding catch for a touchdown on a pass from Eli Manning in the left corner of the end zone. Several plays later, Brandon Marshall made a leaping catch over cornerback Valentino Blake in the right corner of the end zone. Marshall plucked the ball one-handed from over Blake’s back for his score.
It was vintage Beckham with the difficult sliding grab. It was vintage Marshall with the in-air magic.
These plays might have occurred during a rather meaningless spring practice, but it at least allows the Giants to head into their summer break dreaming of what might be this season, even if they were playing without first-round pick Evan Engram, who sat out with an injury. This is why they signed Marshall as a free agent this offseason. The 33-year-old was the ideal, big-bodied complement to the explosive Beckham and added a much-needed element to the offense. Marshall was what the Giants needed to build a more complete passing attack.
“It was nice to get everybody here and excited about where we’re at,” offensive coordinator Mike Sullivan said. “We have a lot of work to do, but we’re at a good point right now of where we want to be in terms of moving forward and getting ourselves ready for training camp.”
This was the right time for Beckham and Marshall to remind everyone about the possibilities. Wednesday was the Giants’ longest practice of the spring. They will run a glorified walk-through Thursday before leaving for their six-week summer break.
The next time they return as a group will be for the start of training camp in late July.
Beckham is expected to be there at the start. After being eased in during a blistering spring day Tuesday, his workload increased Wednesday in his second practice. The results were encouraging.
“Odell looked great,” Sullivan said. “Happy that he’s here and excited about the possibilities moving forward.”
Just the thought of Beckham and Marshall playing opposite each other should keep the Giants delighted about the possibilities this offseason.
Source ESPN | Jordan Raanan | June 15th
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