Neither Odell Beckham Jr. nor Jason Pierre-Paul attended Wednesday’s voluntary OTA at the Giants’ training facility, but head coach Ben McAdoo said both of the stars told him they would be absent and that they would be back later this week.
“They’ve reached out and communicated and that’s what we ask,” McAdoo said. “These are voluntary practices and when they can’t be here we just ask that they communicate that. The guys who missed today have been outstanding in attendance otherwise.”
Asked if he expects both back for the two remaining OTAs this week, McAdoo said: “Absolutely.”
Voluntary or not, anticipated or not, McAdoo made it clear he would like to see everyone at these workouts. Last week, cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie missed the opening OTA practice.
“I don’t think there’s anything positive when someone can’t be here,” he said. “We’d like to have everyone here.”
Beckham has been spotted in the gossip pages more this week than on the practice field. There are reports of him getting cozy with Khloe Kardashian at a Memorial Day party hosted by the singer Drake over the weekend.
McAdoo had little to say about that potentially distracting relationship, although he made it clear he is available to counsel Beckham or anyone else who may want some guidance.
“They’re grown men,” McAdoo said. “You have to trust players with their personal lives and the decisions they make. If they ask for advice, we’ll certainly be willing to lend a hand.”