Giants’ Odell Beckham a no-show as OTAs begin Week 3

jets_051Odell Beckham might be finished volunteering his practice time.

Beckham did not show up Monday for the Giants ‘ seventh of 10 voluntary organized team activities, marking the fourth straight practice he has missed. He attended the first three OTAs as well as the three days of a voluntary pre-draft minicamp.

In a parallel universe, Cook’s knee doesn’t blow out last October, and he and Alvin Kamara are battling for Offensive Rookie Of The Year honors down the stretch. It didn’t work out that way, of course, but Cook was on pace for Kamara-like greatness before disaster struck. All reports are overwhelmingly positive about Cook’s rehab, and he enters 2018 as the clear No. 1 option in the backfield for a Vikings team that will rely plenty on the ground game, even after paying Kirk Cousins funny money to be the final piece on offense.

Even before Mark Ingram ‘s four-game suspension for violating the NFL policy on performance-enhancing substances, reports swirled that the Saints were prepared to make Kamara a bigger part of their offense after he won Offensive Rookie of the Year honors in 2017. Kamara — like Ingram — went over 1,500 total yards last season, piling up 728 rushing yards, 826 receiving yards (on 81 catches) and 14 total touchdowns. He also led the NFL with 6.1 yards per carry. Expect his touch count on carries to increase significantly this season. When Kamara thrives in Ingram’s absence in September, Ingram might find it difficult to work his way back into the mix.

That message hasn’t exactly remained consistent, especially as the league announced a new national anthem policy recently aimed at curbing the protests all together and giving teams the option to fine any players who wish to defy the new policy.

This is a time of optimism around the Bears, who might actually be — gasp! — fun to watch this season. Much of that has to do with an emerging young core on offense shepherded by first-year coach Matt Nagy, fresh off a stint building the Chiefs into a powerful attack under Andy Reid. Robinson was Chicago’s centerpiece signing in free agency, and the hope is that the wideout and second-year quarterback Mitchell Trubisky will be the town’s biggest power couple since Jay Cutler and Kristin Cavallari (OK, bad example).

Sources: Pats’ Edelman facing 4-game PED ban

jets_040Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman is appealing a four-game ban that would cause him to sit out games against the Texans, Jaguars, Lions and Dolphins, league sources told ESPN.

Earl Thomas wants a new contract from the Seattle Seahawks, announcing Sunday that he’s skipping mandatory minicamp this week until my contract situation is resolved.

The 29-year-old safety, who has made three first-team All-Pro teams and six Pro Bowls and has 25 career interceptions, is entering the final year of a four-year, $40 million deal. He was the subject of trade speculation earlier this offseason, and the Dallas Cowboys have flirted with trying to acquire him. Seahawks general manager John Schneider never shot down the possibility of a Thomas trade, saying it’s his job to listen to all offers.

Chicago dominated the early-season matchups in this budding battle, but Milwaukee has shown no signs of backing down.

Seattle retained its Chancellor insurance, Bradley McDougald, in free agency. The problem is McDougald is a free safety-type, strong in coverage but weak where Chancellor excels in cleaning up against the run. Second-year players Delano Hill and Tedric Thompson are the only other players who got snaps at safety in 2017. Hill needs to emerge as a more valuable swing player this season.

Should Thomas and Chancellor stay together, the Seahawks will be OK, but a strength could become a liability sooner than expected.

Bryant had three hits and scored a run while batting leadoff for the first time in his career, Ian Happ made a spectacular diving catch near the left-field corner to end the game and the surging Chicago Cubs beat the slumping Pittsburgh Pirates 3-1 on Friday.

Jitters aside, Bryant looked comfortable in an unfamiliar spot and helped the Cubs win for the 10th time in 12 games. He went 3 for 4 with singles in his first three at-bats and scored in a two-run first inning.