Odell Beckham Jr's future with the New York Giants remains uncertain, but that does not mean he is unappreciated as new offensive co-ordinate Mike Shula heaped praise on the star wide receiver.
Despite Giants co-owner John Mara saying the organisation are not "shopping" Beckham, reports last month suggested New York have asked for at least two first round picks for the three-time Pro Bowl wideout.
The Los Angeles Rams had been linked to Beckham but instead opted to send the 23rd pick of this month's NFL Draft to the New England Patriots for Brandin Cooks and a fourth-round pick.
When asked how the Giants are dealing with the ongoing trade rumours, Shula lauded Beckham's athletic abilities and hinted that the team are not looking to get rid of the 25-year-old without a beneficial deal.
"Again, as we still work through this with Coach [Pat] Shurmur, he's obviously a vital part of our offense," Shula said, via ESPN.
"When you have guys that can make plays and put points on the board you try to feature them as much as you can. But you also have to realise that you've got other components and hopefully some more as we move forward into the offseason and the draft, where we can put players on the field and we're not going to be predictable.
"And if teams want to try to take Odell away, then we have answers. And good answers."
Although Beckham comes with his share of baggage, Shula is seemingly insistent on keeping him on this roster this upcoming season.
"God, he's such an explosive player," Shula said. "We've watched what everyone else has seen him do on the field.
"I'm really looking forward to working with a guy like that."
Beckham is coming off a season-ending ankle injury that forced him to miss 12 games in 2017.
Still, he holds the NFL record for fewest games to 200 catches and fewest games to 3,000 career receiving yards through his first three seasons.
|Kingsbury says ´everything´s on the table´ with number one pick|
|Patriots owner Robert Kraft ´truly sorry´ over scandal|
|Cam Newton swears off sex for a month to become ´mentally stronger´|
|This Week in US Sports: MLB handing out tons of extensions, playoffs loom in NBA|
|Robert Griffin III returns to Ravens to back up Lamar Jackson|
|Kyler Murray criticism ´garbage´, says Oklahoma team-mate Powers|
|Meet Brody Oliver - The engineering graduate set to test his NFL mettle|
|Former Packers linebacker Matthews signs with Rams|
|Raiders sign linebacker Burfict|
|Barkley on Beckham trade: I was sad to see him go|
|Cowboys sign former Packers wide receiver Cobb|
|Panthers sign DE Bruce Irvin|
|Manziel in contention for AAF debut on Sunday|
|Adrian Peterson returns to Redskins|
|An offer we couldn´t refuse - Giants GM Gettleman breaks silence over Beckham trade|
|I´m retiring from the NFL on top! - Ngata bows out on Kilimanjaro|
|Browns´ Mayfield defends Odell Beckham Jr|
|Dolphins deal Ryan Tannehill to Titans|
|Kareem Hunt banned for eight NFL games|
|Bell on skipping 2018 season: I don´t regret anything|
|This Week in US Sports: NFL free agency gets cooking, but trades keep coming|
|Beckham pens emotional farewell to New York|
|LeBron evidence that Brand Beckham can thrive in Cleveland, says marketing expert|
|Brown honoured to join ´legendary´ Raiders|
|Jaguars release QB Blake Bortles|
|Bears release kicker Cody Parkey|
|Browns hope Beckham trade will ´awaken this sleeping giant´|
|Chiefs release safety Berry|
|Patriots to bring back Jason McCourty on two-year deal|
|Thomas and Ingram reportedly bound for Ravens|
|LeBron James perfectly sums up social media mood after Odell Beckham Jr´s Cleveland trade|
|Beckham trade has made the Browns the team to beat - Garrett|
|Le´Veon Bell bound for Jets|
|49ers, Chiefs reportedly agree to terms on Ford deal|
|NFL rumour round-up: Browns acquire Beckham, Titans sign Wake|
|Browns reportedly acquire Odell Beckham Jr in stunning trade|
|Barr remaining with Vikings, snubs Jets|
|Steelers retain LB Shazier, toll contract for 2019|
|Davis announces Chargers deal|
|Jets set to sign linebacker C.J. Mosley to five-year deal|
|QB Bridgewater set to renew with Saints & reject Miami|
|Patriots tender WR Josh Gordon|
|NFL rumour round-up: Foles signs with Jaguars, Jackson traded to Eagles|
|Le´Veon Bell appears to hint at upcoming free-agency decision|
|Foles nearing four-year Jaguars deal|
|Eagles expected to land DeSean Jackson|
|Lions set to sign Trey Flowers|
|Collins set for $84m Redskins deal|
|Alexander heading for 49ers on four-year deal|
|Trent Brown to swap Patriots for Raiders, become highest-paid OL in history|
|Eagles & Malik Jackson agree three-year, $30m deal|
|Detroit Lions sign WR Danny Amendola|
|Rams to re-sign LB Fowler|
|Chiefs release four-time Pro Bowl linebacker Justin Houston|
|NFL free agency 2019: Five players on the move|
|NFL free agency 2019: Five teams that will dominate open market|
|Antonio Brown appears to reveal Raiders move|
|Safety Eric Weddle signs with Rams|
|Bills rule out trade for Steelers WR Antonio Brown|
|´I´m not doing this s*** no more´ – Irving quits NFL on Instagram|
|Fake news – Antonio Brown denies reported Bills trade|
|This Week in US Sports: MLB hot stove still active, Warriors add a former staple|
|Eric Weddle says ´no hard feelings´ as Baltimore Ravens cut safety|
|Browns release LB Jamie Collins|
|Holmes missing NRL´s Sharks but happy with NFL switch|
|Landon Collins bids farewell to Giants|
|Bosa & Sweat star as running backs fail to shine - Winners and losers from the NFL Combine|
|Falcons place franchise tag on DT Grady Jarrett|
|Seahawks franchise DE Frank Clark|
|Cowboys stick franchise tag on Lawrence|