Eli Manning said after the Giants’ mandatory minicamp that Odell Beckham “looks great” and “looks healthy.” The Giants quarterback has not worked with his star receiver since but has seen the videos of Beckham’s work in Los Angeles. Beckham worked alongside teammates Sterling Shepard, Evan Engram and Saquon Barkley in Los Angeles last week. Hall of Fame wide receiver Terrell Owens also attended at least one workout, and Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliottwas slated to attend. “Yeah, I’ve seen a couple videos,” Manning said during an appearance at the Offense-Defense Football Camp at Kean University, via Jordan Raanan of ESPN. “Those guys always work. Appreciate the work. Getting ready for the upcoming season. I know they’ll have to make some adjustments. We do practice with our shirts on with the Giants, so they’ll have to make an adjustment the first few weeks. It may take some time to get used to that. But besides that, I know those guys, [and] it’s great that they are together. They are challenging each other. They’re getting ready for the upcoming season.” Manning repeated what he said last month, that Beckham “seemed to be his old self” during the minicamp. Beckham’s 2017 ended after only four games because of a fractured ankle. “I’m excited about that and that he can go out there and run all the routes,” Manning said. “So, excited to get him back going once training camp hits up, and getting on the same page. There are always new routes and new tweaks to the offense. But I know he’s been working hard and is going to have a big year.” Beckham, 25, has 313 catches for 4,424 and 38 touchdowns in his career.
A photo of a severely bruised and bloody woman was posted on Instagram Tuesday, and the accompanying caption accused Buffalo Bills running back LeSean McCoy of assaulting the woman in the photo alongside accusations of animal abuse, child abuse and drug and steroid use. Dianna Russini of ESPN.com reported the Bills are aware of the accusations and are investigating them. According to TMZ Sports [warning: graphic content], the post showed severe facial injuries to Delicia Cordon, identified by McCoy in court documents as his ex-girlfriend. Cordon’s friend—the woman who posted the images on Instagram—made several serious charges in the caption: “We didn’t say anything about how you beat your dog ‘Henny’ into kidney failure. Let’s not talk about all the times my best friend had to stop you from VICIOUSLY beating your son for small things like peeing in the bed. We kept quiet about your drug usage…all the ILLEGAL steroids and needles you were using, but we will not keep quiet about this!!!!!! I can’t believe you did this to my best friend!!!!!” TMZ Sports has also reported “EMTs responded to a home near Delicia’s address early Monday morning,” though there were no further details to report about the situation. Mike Rodak of ESPN provided a police statement in response to an inquiry about the allegations against McCoy: “On July 10, 2018 at approximately 3:18 A.M., Milton Police responded to a home invasion at a residence on Hickory Pass near the Cherokee County line. The preliminary investigation indicates that this residence was specifically targeted by the suspect or suspects, and not a random incident. When officers arrived they found one victim who had been physically assaulted by a lone intruder. During the altercation, the suspect demanded specific items from the victim. An adult female victim was treated and released at North Fulton Regional Hospital. A second adult female victim also sustained a minor injury during the incident.” Cordon’s friend also had a message for McCoy on Facebook regarding the alleged attack. The TMZ report said McCoy and Cordon “have had a contentious relationship for a while—according to docs obtained by TMZ Sports, McCoy went to court in June seeking to get a judge’s order forcing to her to move out of a home he owns in Alpharetta, Georgia.” In those court documents, Cordon said McCoy had “friends, family members and other crew remove her furniture and furnishings without her knowledge” while she was gone in late May, though Cordon called the authorities and prevented them from doing so. She said McCoy then cut off the house’s electricity. McCoy, 29, is entering his 10th NFL season. He has played for the Philadelphia Eagles and the Bills in his career.
There was a point in the offseason when there was trade chatter around Bears running back Jordan Howard, but no deal ever happened and coach Matt Nagy said that he is prepared to have Howard as the team’s featured back again this season. Nagy and others have also spent some a good amount of time talking up Tarik Cohen‘s playmaking ability, however, and there are plenty of examples when plans in spring workouts are thrown out in the fall. One way for Howard to hold onto a big share of the job would be to do a better job of holding onto passes thrown his way. Howard has been credited with 14 drops over the last two seasons and it’s something he said he believes he can improve on before the start of the regular season. “It started being a problem in high school, just not having my hands in the right position,” Howard said this offseason, via the Chicago Tribune. “I didn’t work on it that much in college because we didn’t really throw to the backs that much. But I’m going to fix it.” Howard’s success as a runner — no Bears back has ever had more rushing yards through their first two seasons — has value to the Bears offense. If he can become a more reliable threat out of the backfield, his impact on the offense could be even greater in his third year.