Cald­well ex­pects Giants’ Beck­ham will be play­ing

The Detroit News - - Front Page - BY JUSTIN ROGERS The Detroit News jdrogers@de­troit­news.com twit­ter.com/Justin_Rogers

Allen Park — The Lions don’t know whether Giants wide re­ceiver Odell Beck­ham is play­ing Mon­day, but the team isn’t tak­ing any chances in prepa­ra­tion.

“We’re just go­ing to as­sume that he’s go­ing to play and that’s how we’d pre­pare,” coach Jim Cald­well said. “Ob­vi­ously, you can ad­just from there, and that’s typ­i­cally how we go about it. He’s a dy­namic player. When he’s on the field, there’s no ques­tion about that he changes things.”

The Giants were with­out Beck­ham for their sea­son-open­ing loss to the Cow­boys last week­end, a game which they scored just three points. Asked what the Giants miss not hav­ing Beck­ham play, Giants coach Ben McA­doo didn’t hes­i­tate.

“One of the best play­ers in the league,” he said. “He’s a dy­namic player, he draws a lot of cov­er­age. He frees up some other play­ers in the of­fense and makes it eas­ier to run the ball just be­cause all the cov­er­age that he does draw. But again, we play with him if he’s cleared and if not, we won’t.”

Beck­ham suf­fered his an­kle in­jury in the Giants’ third pre­sea­son game, on a low hit from Browns cor­ner­back Briean Boddy-Cal­houn. He re­turned to prac­tice on Thurs­day, in a limited ca­pac­ity, but it’s still un­known whether he’ll be able to suit up against the Lions.

He told lo­cal re­porters the in­jury could linger six to eight weeks. Even with Beck­ham's stated prog­no­sis, the Lions aren’t tak­ing any chances.

“It’s a Mon­day night game, home opener, you’ve got to ex­pect him out there, in some ca- pac­ity,” safety Glover Quin said.

Since be­ing drafted by the Giants in the first round of the 2014 draft, Beck­ham has been one of the NFL’s best re­ceivers. He caught 91 passes and 12 touch­downs in 12 games as a rookie and made 101 catches for 1,367 yards and 10 scores last year.

Beck­ham caught six passes for 64 yards and a touch­down against the Lions in 2016, do­ing his best work af­ter cor­ner­back Dar­ius Slay left the game be­cause of an in­jury. Beck­ham also had a touch­down on a punt re­turn called back be­cause of a block in the back penalty.

“He’s an ex­plo­sive guy who can turn a short pass into a long touch­down,” Quin said. “He de­mands a dif­fer­ent kind of at­ten­tion be­cause he’s so dy­namic.”

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