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The New York Giants have opened their first organized team activities under new coach Pat Shurmur with star receiver Odell Beckham Jr. in the building.

Speaking on a conference call Monday Corey Linsley Jersey , Shurmur said he hadn't yet talked to Beckham, whose name has been mentioned in trade speculation in recent months.

The coach didn't know how many of the voluntary activities Beckham planned to attend or the condition of his left ankle. The ankle was broken in the fifth game of a 3-13 season that led to the firing of coach Ben McAdoo and general manager Jerry Reese .

Shurmur said he previously spoke with Beckham about a video that surfaced online showing the 25-year-old who wants to be the NFL's highest paid player on a bed holding what appeared to be a hand-rolled cigarette. A woman next to him had unidentified white powder on a nearby table.

Shurmur didn't reveal what he said to Beckham. He also is not worried whether the player will be affected by the recent hype surrounding the video and trade rumors.

"I really believe that Odell is a professional and he wants to be great," said Shurmur, who expects to know more about Beckham's ankle by the end of the week. "He understands the importance of the offseason and he's a competitive guy and, again, we had already started communicating before all that information kind of got out there and was talked about a great deal. He's a professional and I'm glad he's here today."

When healthy, Beckham is a game-breaker. The three-time Pro Bowler has played in 47 games in his first four seasons, catching 313 passes for 4,424 yards and 38 touchdowns. He has averaged 94.1 yards. However, he can be a distraction when his emotions get the best of him on the field and when he does foolish things off the field, like taking a trip to Florida in the week leading up to a playoff game after the 2016 regular season.

Quarterback Eli Manning thought it was important for everyone to attend the OTAs with a new offense being installed. He said he didn't talk to Beckham either after the trade rumors surfaced or the video appeared on the internet. He declined to offer any advice.

"Odell Womens Jordan Reed Jersey , he's got to do what is best for him in getting ready to play this upcoming season," Manning said in a conference call. "I'll talk to him and give my two cents on everything, but he's got to do what he feels is best for him to get ready and play at a high level."

While Beckham's situation dominated the 15-minute conference call, Shurmur made clear that the OTAs would be used to lay the groundwork for 2018.

"For the most part, we're trying to get things started, take advantage of the extra time we have and we want to grow away from basically what happened a year ago, the 3-13 season," the former Minnesota Vikings offensive coordinator said. "We want to grow away from that and try to grow into a team that's competing to win a division, compete in the playoffs, and then hopefully hold up that fifth Lombardi trophy."

Shurmur plans to make some changes in the way the Giants do things.

"I just think it's very important that we're very professional, we communicate well together and then there is going to be a transfer of information Matt Calvert Jersey ," he said. "I think we as coaches need to listen to the players, but also teach what we want them to know and then let them tell us what they're seeing so that we know how we have to teach it further."

The Giants announced that offensive lineman Brett Jones, who started the final 12 games at center and 13 overall, signed his contract tender for next season worth roughly $3 million. New York also signed tight end Ryan O'Malley, who played in one game last season.

Aaron Rodgers sounds as if he's more worried about swimming with sharks than a new contract.

Starting training camp without an extension from the Green Bay Packers is not really that big a deal to the two-time NFL MVP.

"I've seen a lot of stuff you guys have either written or that's been written about it," Rodgers said Thursday. "I talk with my agent daily, so I'm aware of conversations. But I'm really not too worried about it."

He's under contract through the 2019 season, though NFL salaries continue to escalate. Star receiver Julio Jones showed up for Atlanta Falcons camp on Thursday after the sides reached agreement to renegotiate Jones' deal next year, avoiding a potential holdout.

Not Rodgers' style.

"I don't really operate like that. I have two years left on my deal," Rodgers said when asked if he could consider holding out to turn up pressure. "They're obviously more than willing to talk about an extension. There wasn't any animosity on either side."

Team president Mark Murphy is hopeful there will be an agreement, too Luke Glendening Jersey , at some point.

"I don't want to put a timeframe on it, but I'm confident we'll work it out," Murphy said after the Packers' annual shareholders meeting on Wednesday night.

So there was Rodgers back to work for the first day of camp on Thursday. One of his first throws was a deep pass for receiver Randall Cobb, who was covered tightly by Kevin King. The cornerback went up and wrestled for the ball before appearing to come away with the pick.

"That wasn't an interception," Rodgers said.

So competitive, even in late July.

The quarterback fed his curiosity too when he appeared on an episode of the Discovery Channel show "Monster Tag " in which he put on scuba gear and dove into the Pacific Ocean to help tag a blue shark . It was a Shark Week special on the network, in which scientists studied sharks and ways to help preserve the population.

It might be easier to stiff arm a linebacker.

"I'm a lot more scared in the water," Rodgers said.

Staying upright in the pocket seems as if it's a less stressful task. Protection could get a huge boost if 6-foot-5 veteran right tackle Bryan Bulaga remains on track to come back from a right ACL injury.

The right side of the line was in question in the offseason after Bulaga got hurt last season. He has progressed well enough to the point that coach Mike McCarthy hopes that Bulaga will be ready for Week 1, even if the tackle is starting camp on the physically unable to perform list as a precaution.

Getting Bulaga back would leave right guard as the only position up front for the Packers to find a new starter after Jahri Evans wasn't re-signed as a free agent.

"I'm optimistic about it, yeah," Bulaga said about targeting the season opener. "Yeah I'm disappointed that I started on PUP. Been a tough road rehabbing and getting back to this point ... but that's part of the process and I've got to keep going."

Notes: King Authentic Alexander Radulov Jersey , the team's top draft pick last year, also broke up a pass to Geronimo Allison on the next play after his interception. King played through a shoulder injury for much of last season before getting shut down in December. Healthy again, King displayed the type of talent that makes the Packers hopeful that they can improve in the secondary this season. "I made a couple plays where I got tangled up and had to go to the ground. I feel good," King said. ... McCarthy said he also thinks veteran OLB Nick Perry (ankle) will be ready for the season opener after starting camp on the PUP list. ... OLB Clay Matthews may wear a visor on his helmet this season to help protect his surgically repaired nose. It got broken last month during a charity softball game after Matthews, who was pitching, was hit by a line drive by teammate Lucas Patrick. "So I ate it, walked off the field so as to not create mass hysteria, and proceeded to go through the route of surgery and all that fun stuff," Matthews said wryly in recounting the accident. "So two weeks I'll never get back thanks to Lucas Patrick over there."

This version corrects a typo to show that Matthews was hit by the line drive.

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