The Facts: Forget that Beckum and Jake Ballard tore the same knee ligament in Super Bowl XLVI. Beckum is far more advanced in his recovery.
Diehards Line:As previously noted, Ballard had microfracture surgery in addition to his ACL repair. That meant he had to stay off his feet for six weeks while Beckum got into his recovery and impressed doctors with his ability to walk, minimal swelling and good muscle definition around the knee. (The Giants, realizing both players faced a long recovery, signed Martellus Bennett on the second day of free agency.) All that said, Ballard isn't overly optimistic at this point. "Different people [say] different things but my best chance will be mid-season - if at all," he said. ... In other words, Fantasy owners looking to identify the Giants top TE heading into training camp shouldn't hesitate to look at Bennett.