OBJ Absent From Giants’ First Day of OTAs – Wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. was not in attendance for the first of the New York Giants’ organized team activities on Monday. Beckham worked out with his trainer on Monday in California, according to posts by the trainer on Instagram, and is likely to be at OTAs on Thursday, sources told ESPN’s Jordan Raanan. Monday’s session was closed to the media, as is Tuesday’s. There will be media access at Thursday’s session.
NFL Owners Approve Shortening Overtime to 10 Minutes – Shorter overtimes are among the changes that will be coming to NFL games in 2017. NFL team owners approved shortening overtime in the preseason and regular season from 15 to 10 minutes at the Spring League Meeting in Chicago on Tuesday, a league official told NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport. The approval comes after the proposal was initially proposed during the Annual League Meeting in March.
Other changes for 2017 approved by team owners at the Spring League Meeting:
1. There will now be only one roster cut-down deadline. Instead of cutting from 90 to 75 players, there will only be one deadline to cut to 53-man rosters.
2. Two players are now allowed to return off injured reserve instead of one. Under the new rule, two players per season are eligible to return to practice if they had been on IR for at least six weeks. They can return to games eight weeks after being put on injured reserve. The move gives teams greater roster flexibility and a chance to have their best players on the field for important late-season games.