Giants not expecting Odell Beckham for Week 1

AP

The Giants will likely open their season with their first-round draft pick where he has been throughout the preseason: on the sideline.

Giants coach Tom Coughlin indicated on Saturday that rookie receiver Odell Beckham, who is nursing a hamstring injury, isn’t expected to play in the Monday night opener against the Lions. Coughlin said one of the reasons wide receiver Preston Parker made the 53-man roster is that he’ll be playing some of the roles the Giants had hoped Beckham could play.

“Preston also has the punt return/kick return ability,” Coughlin said, via Jordan Raanan of NJ.com. “Right now that’s very critical for us, because Odell Beckham was going to be the punt returner.”

The Giants still have high hopes for Beckham as a big-play threat in their offense, some day. But that day will not be next Monday night in Detroit.