The New York Giants and Odell Beckham Jr. appear to be in a fairly good place for the moment.
Despite his desire for a new contract, the star wide receiver is attending OTAs, and new coach Pat Shurmur is quite pleased with that development, calling it “very encouraging.”
Pat Shurmur feels that it's "encouraging" to have Odell Beckham coming to OTAs. pic.twitter.com/pe0LqeCNq4
— Sean Farrell (@seanfarrell92) May 20, 2018
Beckham has gone from being the subject of trade rumors to receiving assurances that he very much has a place on the roster. The two sides have been conciliatory lately, and Beckham’s decision to attend offseason workouts looks like a show of good faith. For now, all seems well, even if his long-term future remains somewhat murky.
The New York Giants are apparently no longer looking to trade Odell Beckham Jr.
On Tuesday, Beckham showed up for the start of the team’s three-day voluntary minicamp. That was another positive sign after he also attended the start of voluntary workouts earlier this month, and new Giants head coach Pat Shurmur did his best to squash any trade rumors that might still be floating around.
Pat Shurmur: Odell Beckham Jr will “absolutely” be part of team in 2018. They have talked often. OBJ not ready physically to take part in minicamp but is at #NYG.
— Kimberly Jones (@KimJonesSports) April 24, 2018
We can assume Beckham still wants a long-term contract extension, but he is obviously doing everything he can to maintain an amicable relationship with the team. Plus, a trade seemed unlikely all along given how much the Giants reportedly wanted in return.
Beckham, who is still recovering from a season-ending ankle injury he suffered last year, should be excited about playing under Shurmur. The former Minnesota Vikings offensive coordinator helped turn Stefon Diggs and Adam Thielen into one of the best wide receiver duos in football last season, so he should be able to create plenty of opportunities for a player of Beckham’s caliber.
It sounds like quarterback Josh Allen has a destination in mind if he had the choice to land wherever he wanted in the NFL Draft.
Allen spoke glowingly of New York Giants coach Pat Shurmur, believing that they could do great things together if Allen landed in New York.
“I’d want to play for him because he just had this kind of silent vibe to him,” Allen told Pat Leonard of the New York Daily News. “He was kind of reserved, and at the same time I can feel his presence and understand how much he loves football, how much he knows football. He put me up on the board, he was talking over some things with me and it was just coming out of his mouth so quickly and so smooth, and he’s a brilliant mind. And he’s gonna be doing some really big things in New York.
“(Shurmur) kind of reminds me of how my offensive coordinator (Brent Vigen) was at Wyoming. They’re not gonna be the guy to get in your face and ‘MF’ you or do any of that stuff for doing something wrong. But they’re gonna let you know when you do something wrong. They’re gonna try to guide you in the right direction. They’re gonna be calm and even-toned the whole time. That’s just the sense that I got from him, and he’s just got this demeanor about him that’s really cool.”
Allen’s praise extended to Mike Shula, the Giants’ offensive coordinator.
“Along with Coach Shurmur, he’s got it goin’ on,” Allen said. “He’s got a really good resume. The Shulas are a great football family. It’s in their bloodline to be football guys. So if I were blessed to be in a position to play for those two, it would just be the greatest honor that I can think of, to be honest.”
It’s safe to say Allen would like to be a Giant. His dreams may be dashed, however, given the fact that there’s no guarantee they’ll even keep their pick, much less use it to draft a quarterback.
It wasn’t all that long ago that it seemed like Eli Manning’s tenure with the New York Giants was coming to an end, but the people who are now in charge of the quarterback’s future with the team continue to indicate he is not going anywhere.
The Giants officially introduced new head coach Pat Shurmur on Friday, and the former Minnesota Vikings offensive coordinator was asked a lot of questions about Manning. He made it pretty clear that his plan is to have Manning start next season.
“I watched Eli throw a little bit over the summer and I walked away saying he looked really, really good,” Shurmur said, per Nick Shook of NFL.com. “He looked fit. He was throwing the ball well. The ball had good velocity coming off his hands. Again, I think he’s got years left. How much? I don’t know. But I think he has time left and I look forward to working with him.”
The biggest mistake Ben McAdoo made was the way he went about benching Manning. For starters, the former Giants coach turned things over to Geno Smith, who obviously wasn’t auditioning to be the team’s next starting quarterback. McAdoo also offered to let Manning continue to start games to keep his consecutive games played streak alive and then be benched during the game.
On Friday, Shurmur indicated that he understands how sensitive Giants fans are when it comes to Manning.
“I think what’s important is we have a guy here who has helped this organization win Super Bowls,” Shurmur said. “He’s an outstanding player and I’m really looking forward to working with him.”
The Giants have the No. 2 overall pick in the draft this year, so it would not be a surprise if they took either Josh Rosen or Sam Darnold. But there’s no need to start a rookie when Manning is still capable of winning games, and Shurmur isn’t the only one who views things that way. Manning is 37, so he knows he doesn’t have a lot of time left. Keeping him as a starter for another year or two while grooming a young quarterback is probably the best approach.
Pat Shurmur became a head coaching candidate in the NFL due to the fantastic work he did as the offensive coordinator with the Minnesota Vikings, and he plans to continue doing what he does best in his new role with the New York Giants in 2018.
On Wednesday, Giants general manager Dave Gettleman confirmed that Shurmur intends to call offensive plays next seasons. Gettleman also spoke about some of the qualities that that drew him to Shurmur.
“He’s an adult. He’s mature. He’s got wisdom. He’s very even-keeled,” he said. “It really pays off. I’ve watched him on the sideline. He doesn’t get shook. He doesn’t get rattled. This is a job for a grownup. We’re halfway through the interview and I wrote down, ‘This is an adult.’ Everybody wants the next whiz-bang kid. Let me tell you something, you look at history and see how that’s worked out. He’s a veteran, seasoned, professional football coach.”
Vikings wide receivers Stefon Diggs and Adam Thielen became one of the best wide receiver duos in football while catching passes from Case Keenum under Shurmur’s direction. Thielen caught 91 passes for 1,276 yards and four touchdowns during the regular season, while Diggs had 64 catches for 849 yards and eight scores. You can understand why the Giants’ best offensive player is so excited about the new coach.
The New York Giants have officially announced the hiring of their next head coach.
On Monday, just one day after his Minnesota Vikings were blown out in the NFC Championship Game, Pat Shurmur signed his contract with Giants.
“I want to thank John Mara and Steve Tisch for giving me the opportunity to be the head coach of the New York Giants,” Shurmur said in a statement released by the team. “I am looking forward to getting to work with Dave Gettleman and Kevin Abrams and starting the process to once again build a championship team. I have been fortunate to work with many great coaches and players, and I am thankful for those relationships. I would like to thank my family and friends for their tremendous support.”
Shurmur, formerly the offensive coordinator in Minnesota, saw his season end on a sour note Sunday. The Vikings managed just seven points and turned the ball over three times, which allowed the Philadelphia Eagles to cruise to an easy win in the biggest game of the year.
Despite that, the Giants had already decided that Shurmur was their guy. There have been indications that they missed out on candidates they preferred more, but Shurmur’s hire has at least one star player in New York excited.
Nick Foles became a starting quarterback in the NFL for the first time under the guidance of Pat Shurmur, and the pair’s paths crossed again on Sunday.
Shurmur was the Philadelphia Eagles’ offensive coordinator in 2013, when Foles, then an unheralded second-year quarterback, set the league alight by going 8-2 in ten starts with 27 touchdowns to just two interceptions.
Foles’s career has taken twists and turns since then, but on Sunday he dominated the Minnesota Vikings to lead Philadelphia to the Super Bowl, throwing for 352 yards and three touchdowns.
Shurmur, now the Vikings’ offensive coordinator, admitted that he wasn’t shocked to see Foles perform as well as he did.
Pat Shurmur says he wasn’t surprised to see Foles’ performance. “I’ve seen the best of Nick Foles”
— Gregg Rosenthal (@greggrosenthal) January 22, 2018
Many people doubted Foles’s ability after Carson Wentz went down for the year with an ACL injury, to the point that his coach had to affirm that he was the starter heading into the playoffs. It’s safe to say the quarterback has proven the doubters wrong. Shurmur, who certainly played a role in guiding him to where he is today, was never one of them.