Pat Shurmur ends Odell Beckham Jr. trade speculation

Odell Beckham Jr. showed up for the start of Giants minicamp Tuesday despite still recovering from an ankle injury, according to multiple reports.

Though Beckham did not take part in the actual minicamp practice, he was at the facilities, a gesture new coach Pat Shurmur appreciated.

Throughout most of the offseason, Beckham’s place on the Giants’ roster had seemed fluid, with a number of trade rumors floating around. Beckham had been linked with the Rams before Los Angeles scooped up Brandin Cooks from the Patriots, and even the Browns had been mentioned as a possible destination for him.

However, Shurmur all but ended the speculation surrounding Beckham’s place on the team Tuesday by saying the receiver would “absolutely” be on the Giants in 2018.

Nationals: RHP Stephen Strasburg (2-2, 2.97 ERA) pitches against the Diamondbacks on Friday in Washington. He has yielded six earned runs and three homers over his last 13 innings.

Giants: LHP Derek Holland (0-3, 4.98) faces the Los Angeles Dodgers in the opener of a four-game series at AT&T Park on Friday night. Holland is winless in two career starts against the Dodgers.

Sure, shrewd NFL personnel keep their true thoughts on prospects close to the vest, but here’s Cabot’s case for why Mayfield might go No. 1 to the Browns.

Dorsey shrugs off the character concerns that some have raised about Mayfield, from the infamous “crotch-grab” incident against Kansas last year, to his brushes with the law. “Well, you guys always try to create the narrative of this guy of that he’s like something he’s not,” Dorsey said last week. “We said that back at the Senior Bowl. Just meeting with him, he is a pleasant fella. He is pretty sharp. He is fine. I have no problems with him.”

— Browns draft consultant Scot McCoughan has been talking up Mayfield to Browns staff, comparing him to Brett Favre.

“I was lucky enough to have been around Favre, and I’ve gotten to know Baker pretty well just by watching him,” McCloughan told Denver’s 104.3 The Fan in February. “[He] is a competitive guy. He wears it on his sleeve from the standpoint of emotions. He plays with strength throughout his body, and the fact that he’s just a football player —it’s impressive. It’s a really good class this year coming out in the draft for quarterbacks. But I know this, if I was going to play one game tomorrow, he’d be my guy — hands down.”steelers_063

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