According to ESPN, Beckham is a game-time decision heading into Week 1 against the division rival Dallas Cowboys. It gave the quarterback more options and more time to throw with defenses focused on slowing down the running game.
The Giants finished 11-5 and despite beating the Cowboys twice, they were unable to win the NFC East.
Beckham has not practiced since spraining his left ankle on August 21 in a preseason game against Cleveland. The Cowboys went 8-2 after their bye week, with one loss coming in a meaningless Week 17 showdown with Philadelphia.
With the Cowboys favored by more than a field goal, a majority of our experts are taking the Giants and the points, figuring this will be a close game either way.
When Beckham admitted earlier this week, "I probably had one of the longest offseasons ever in my life", he spoke volumes about the ongoing journey of one of the most dissected, analyzed, talented, feared, adored personalities in the NFL.
Expect a heavy dose of Elliott tonight, who only played in a few plays during the preseason. With him, Eli Manning has a trusted target back on the field, the player whose ascension to the NFL's most rarefied air came against these same Cowboys in the form of an unforgettable one-handed sideline grab.
"I don't think the preparation is different", Manning said. But it seemed unlikely after Beckham did not practice all week, and after the receiver genuinely had seemed uncertain on Wednesday of whether he should or even could play.
With that dominating upset, it just goes to show you never really know what's going to happen week to week.
If the Giants are without him, it would be hard to see how NY wins this game.