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Giants’ Odell Beckham Jr. Coming Up Big in Training Camp

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New York Giants’ wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. is making an impact during training camp, both on the field and with his work with teammates and with coaches.

Beckham is making the normal big plays fans have been accustomed to see during drills and play on the field, but is also taking time to work with teammates, such as Sterling Shepard, whenever there is a break in the action, or a free moment.

“Most of the time, it’s about technique or what I was thinking on some route or what he was thinking,” Shepard said of Beckham, according to ESPN’s Jordan Raanan. “Or whatever is coming up in the script and what we’re excited for. We’re always picking each other’s brain. I’m always picking his brain, for sure, trying to see what he is thinking or what he thought about whatever just happened or I just did.”

Even Giants head coach Pat Shurmur has noted that obvious passion Beckham has for the game of football.

“I see what I expected to see when we started to communicate back in February,” Shurmur said.. “This guy loves to play football, he trains extremely hard, he’s totally engaged in the meetings behind the scenes, the things that the world is not aware of, and he’s got a lot of passion for the game. We were just out in a walk-through and I saw three or four times when he was talking to different players about certain techniques within the play. That’s all good stuff.”

Giants wide receivers coach Tyke Tolbert is also raving about Beckham’s impact.

“The fact is that he is talking ball a lot,” Tolbert said. “Sometimes you think guys don’t like to talk ball when they are in there, but you see him going over stuff and talking ball with other guys. Talking about different plays, talking about different techniques. ‘How can you do this better, how can you do that better?’

“That’s what the great ones do. They sit back and not only do it on the field, but when they are off the field, they are looking at somebody else and seeing how they can do this better or that better. He talks ball a lot when he is not in there.”

“He’s probably the best teammate I’ve been around as far as getting good feedback,” Giants cornerback Eli Apple said. “After the play, we always talk about our techniques and what we did on this play to change things up and keep each other on our toes. So it’s good feedback all the time.”

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Giants Not Activating Jonathan Stewart

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The New York Giants decided not to activate veteran running back Jonathan Stewart prior to the deadline to do so on Thursday.

Stewart, who landed on the IR due to a foot injury back in September, will now be unavailable for the rest of the season, per league rules regarding the injured reserve list.

While Stewart, 32, was brought in via a two-year deal, it is unlikely that the Giants bring him back in 2019.

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Giants Placing Landon Collins on IR

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The New York Giants are placing All-Pro safety Landon Collins on injured reserve as he  will undergo surgery on his injured shoulder next week, ending his season, according to ESPN’s Josina Anderson.

The Giants are leaving the door open for Collins to return this season, but with the Giants struggling and Collins scheduled to hit free agency in March, it doesn’t seem to make much sense for Collins to rush his way back to the field in 2018.

Collins has collected 67 tackles, four passes defensed, and a forced fumble for the Giants this season.

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Giants to Activate RJ McIntosh

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The New York Giants have activated defensive end R.J. McIntosh from the non-football injury list and he will provide some much needed depth along the Giants defensive line, according to NFL Network insider Ian Rapoport.

McIntosh first landed on the non-football injury list back in September when New York was hoping to be in contention for a NFC playoff spot, but with the team tanking and recently trading a number of players, McIntosh will likely get some playing time so he can show the team what he is capable of.

McIntosh is a fifth-round draft pick out of Miami.

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