June 2017

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (CBSNewYork/AP) — Odell Beckham Jr. says his decision to skip voluntary workouts had nothing to do with his contract. The New York Giants star receiver simply wanted to train on his own, reflect on life and take time to “grow and mature.” The three-time Pro Bowl receiver joined teammates Tuesday for the start of a mandatory three-day minicamp. He saw limited action in the 1-hour, 40-minute workout and dropped one deep ball. From the time he hit the field, it seemed his every move was studied by reporters, photographers and video crews. He was relaxed after practice and hedged several times when asked about his contract. MORE: Keidel: Eccentricities Aside, Beckham Is Worth

Ralph Vacchiano | Facebook | Twitter | Archive Benny with the good hair is now Benny with the new hair. Giants coach Ben McAdoo, whose appearance has sometimes been as scrutinized as his play-calling, debuted a new McA-do for the opening of Giants minicamp on Tuesday. It was a slicked back look, a la Pat Riley, and a big departure from his old, more moppy hairstyle with a part in the middle. "Got to keep you all on your toes," McAdoo said. "Got to keep it fresh, right?" Sure. And a change in appearance can be good, as McAdoo learned when he was lampooned for the oversized suit he wore to his introductory press conference as the new Giants head coach last year. Even after he found clothes that

The Seattle Seahawks have made headlines for reported locker room discord. The New York Giants have the Odell Beckham Jr. contract negotiations hanging overhead. In this vein, the Dallas Cowboys are laying in the weeds.

Odell Beckham Jr. says his decision to skip voluntary workouts had nothing to do with his contract. Beckham is one of the NFL's top receivers and he will earn $1.8 million in this his fourth season, much less than some receivers who are far less productive. "I have seen a holdout and all that stuff and I have really never seen it work, so that was never in my mind to: 'I'm not going to go to OTAs to get a new contract,'" Beckham said.

New York Giants running back Shane Vereen tore his triceps twice last season. With that in mind, Vereen is taking it slow during the Giants’ offseason program to ensure that he’ll be able to contribute more significantly during the regular season this year. “I’m not a doctor, but I think I rushed it a little bit too quick the first time,” Vereen said, via Jordan Ranaan of ESPN.com.

At least the New York Giants don’t have to worry about receiver Odell Beckham Jr. being out of shape. Beckham hadn’t been at voluntary OTAs, which made headlines because he’s Beckham. For the moment, whatever is bothering Beckham won’t turn into a five-alarm fire.

The Los Angeles Chargers rewarded Melvin Ingram with a four-year contract extension. It’s unclear if Melvin Ingram fits into the discussion of elite pass rushers around the NFL, but he now has a contract that puts him just behind some of the top names in the league. ESPN’s Adam Schefter first reported the news of Ingram signing a four-year deal worth $66 million total, with $42 million guaranteed.

Brandon Marshall heaped praised on New York Giants team-mate Odell Beckham Jr, describing him as the "biggest superstar our game has seen in the history of football". A three-time NFL Pro Bowler, Beckham is arguably the most popular player in the league due to his exploits with the Giants. "He's the biggest superstar our game has ever seen in the history of football," Marshall told TMZ.com.

The New York Giants wrapped up organized team activities the way they started - with wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. and defensive end Olivier Vernon missing the voluntary workouts. Coach Ben McAdoo declined Friday to discuss attendance. One other issue that McAdoo sidestepped was the arrest last weekend of second-year receiver Roger Lewis Jr. on suspicion of driving while impaired in Ohio.

Tom Brady and the other members of the New England Patriots’ Super Bowl LI-winning team will gather at team owner Robert Kraft’s home in Massachusetts on Friday night to receive their championship rings. The rings will be distributed at a private ceremony at Kraft’s home meant for players and staff only. The event will mark the fifth Super Bowl ring for Brady and Kraft and the seventh for Patriots head coach Bill Belichick, who previously won two rings as defensive coordinator of the New York Giants.

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