Odell Beckham Jr. left Thursday’s Giants practice early and did not return, and coach Ben McAdoo couldn’t say definitively whether he had aggravated his left ankle injury.
“It looked like he was cramping,” McAdoo said in an interview with a team reporter. “But I’ll have to go in and check out and see what the final word is.”
Beckham missed the Giants’ season opener in Dallas with a high left ankle sprain, played a limited amount in their home opener against the Lions and then went full go in Weeks 3 and 4.
But he dislocated his right index finger and aggravated his ankle in last Sunday’s loss in Tampa and was scheduled limited for a second straight practice on Thursday before jogging off.
O’HARA RIPS FLOWERS
Former Giants O-lineman Shaun O’Hara said Thursday that left tackle Ereck Flowers’ “footwork” and “effort” in the running game are “awful.”
“I watched Ereck Flowers and … our standard is so low it’s like, ‘Oh, you know, it wasn’t that bad. He didn’t ruin the game,'” O’Hara said on SiriusXM NFL Radio. “I mean, he’s gotten better in pass protection but his run game footwork and effort is awful.”
The Giants did not allow a sack in Sunday’s loss in Tampa but that’s partially because McAdoo has changed the offense the past two weeks to include mostly quick throws after the line couldn’t protect Eli Manning in Weeks 1 and 2.
John Jerry, who moved from right to left guard on Sunday, was blown up on a run along with Flowers on the Giants’ first play from scrimmage by the Bucs. And Jerry then also whiffed on Gerald McCoy on Paul Perkins’ second down run, as McCoy split Jerry and Weston Richburg for the loss.
“The one thing that just leaves you scratching your head is the simple aspects of the game,” O’Hara said. “Combination blocks are things that Dave (Diehl) and I were working on in high school. If you’re doing a combination block with your guard or with your tackle you shouldn’t be tripping on each other, you shouldn’t be getting split by a defensive tackle. And we all watched the game and the first two snaps of the game they lose eight yards on two running plays.”
It was not uncommon in training camp this summer to see Brad Wing land a half-dozen punts consecutively within a three or four-yard radius 50 yards down field. But now in two straight games Wing has been the furthest thing from reliable, killing the Giants with horrible fourth-quarter punts in both Philly and Tampa.
And yet Wing said he intends to move on by sticking to what got him here, and not overreacting and staying confident in his approach.
“You can analyze it, figure out why it went the way it did, or you can just trust your talent and technique and just move on,” Wing said Wednesday. “So for me, while I went back and looked at that punt, I didn’t spend too much time looking at it because I know what I’m capable of. I’m human, man. Every now and then stuff’s gonna happen. It happened last weekend, it happened the week before, but my confidence hasn’t taken a hit.”
It is especially worrisome, though, that Wing is struggling in the biggest spots. In last year’s playoff loss in Green Bay, a 37-yard Wing punt gave the Packers the ball at the Giants’ 38 to drive for their first touchdown late in the first half.
In Week 3 of this season, Wing’s 28-yard shank set the Eagles up for their game-winning drive at the Philly 38. And last Sunday in Tampa, his 15-yard miss swung field position and momentum in the fourth quarter before a Bucs’ go-ahead touchdown drive.
McAdoo defended Wing in Tampa declaring: “Brad Wing is our punter. He made one mistake today. A lot of guys made one mistake, including me.”
Wing said it’s not like his bad punt against the Eagles was in his mind when he mishit the punt in Tampa, too. But he did admit to being affected by the moment and also eager to redeem himself this week.
“I feel like there’s some times in games where you get caught up in the game a little bit and sometimes you lose focus of your routine, and I think that’s what happened last week,” Wing said. “So I’ve just got to go out there, trust the routine that I do on the practice field out here. I can’t wait for another shot on Sunday.”
WR Brandon Marshall (toe) and RB Orleans Darkwa (back) were upgraded from limited practice on Wednesday to full participation on Thursday, and DB Janoris Jenkins (ankle) went from sitting out Wednesday to full practice Thursday, as well. RB Paul Perkins (ribs), on the other hand, did not practice on Thursday after being limited on Wednesday, perhaps indicating that Darkwa, rookie Wayne Gallman and Shane Vereen will be the three backs to dress Sunday against the Chargers … Jason Pierre-Paul (shoulder/knee), Weston Richburg (concussion) and Olivier Vernon (ankle) remained out. Richburg is expected to miss Sunday’s game. Pierre-Paul said he is playing. Vernon is uncertain.