Odell Beckham Jr. got hurt last year in a preseason game against the Browns.
Beckham did not get hurt this year in a preseason game against the Browns.
The Giants opened up their preseason Thursday night with a 20-10 loss to the Browns at MetLife Stadium. Beckham arrived hours before kickoff, but did not play in the game, even though he was in uniform.
Beckham is coming off surgery to repair a fractured left ankle, though he has not been limited and has looked frisky and healthy in training camp. Nevertheless, coach Pat Shurmur opted to delay the receiver’s summer debut.
“I want to be smart with his recovery coming back, and I never intended to play him in this game,’’ Shurmur said.
Last year, Beckham hurt his left lower leg in the second preseason game, at Cleveland. That injury forced him to miss the regular-season opener. He never really hit his stride and was done for the season Week 5, when he suffered a fractured ankle against the Chargers.
The Giants’ starting defense had no answers once the Browns, on their second possession, went to a hurry-up, no-huddle attack. Eli Apple was badly turned around by Rashard Higgins on a 21-yard completion, and on the next play, safety Landon Collins blitzed and linebacker Alec Ogletree was beaten by TE David Njoku for a 36-yard touchdown pass from Tyrod Taylor.
Browns QB Baker Mayfield, the No. 1 pick in the NFL Draft, went three-and-out against the Giants’ starting defense, but feasted on the backups, throwing two touchdown passes and completing 11 of 20 passes for 212 yards.
The Giants all stood on the sideline for the national anthem.
“We’re waiting to see how everything goes with the league,’’ said linebacker Olivier Vernon, who last season took a knee during the anthem to bring attention to racial injustice. “We’ve been gauging the talks, seeing where everything is going to lead. It’s just football right now.’’
Giants rookie QB Kyle Lauletta played in the second half and completed 7 of 12 passes for 55 yards. … With CBs William Gay and Donte Deayon out, B.W. Webb was the nickel back. … Darian Thompson started at free safety.
Rookie left guard Will Hernandez had a strong blitz pickup on a third-down play in the first quarter, allowing Eli Manning, who played the first two possessions, to complete a 5-yard pass to Sterling Shepard for a first down.
This is why long-snapper Zak DeOssie has stuck around so long. He hustled down the field early in the third quarter to recover a fumble forced by Kerry Wynn on a punt return to set the Giants up on the Cleveland 14-yard line.
DT Robert Thomas, looking to stick on the roster, had an 8-yard sack of Baker Mayfield in the third quarter, flinging the rookie quarterback down as if he were a rag doll. … Veteran guard John Greco lined up at center the entire third quarter.
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