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Odell Beckham signed by New York Giants

The New York Giants have struck a deal with their shiny new toy in the passing game.

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The team on Monday signed former LSU wide receiver Odell Beckham, the No. 12 overall pick in this month's draft and a strong candidate to play a central role in Big Blue's offense come September.

Beckham fills a need for New York alongside slot receiver Victor Cruz on the heels of losing Hakeem Nicks. As a 5-foot-11, 198-pound target with 4.43 speed, Beckham hits the scene with strong route-running abilities that translate to the pro level.

Rookies don't typically see generous playing time in New York's offense, but Beckham could start as early as Week 1 for a Giants team desperate to see quarterback Eli Manning rebound from a disastrous campaign that saw him toss a league-worst 27 interceptions in 2013.

The Giants also signed three additional rookies Monday in center Weston Richburg (their second-round pick), linebacker Devon Kennard (their fifth-rounder) and cornerback Bennett Jackson (a sixth-rounder).

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