AUGUST 12, 2015 NEW YORK GIANTS TRAINING CAMP REPORT…
The New York Giants held their tenth summer training camp practice on Wednesday outside of Paul Brown Stadium in Cincinnati, Ohio in a joint practice session against the Bengals. The full training camp schedule is available at Giants.com.
Not making the trip to Cincinnati were Geoff Schwartz (coming off of ankle surgery), left tackle Will Beatty (PUP – recovering from pectoral surgery), linebacker Jameel McClain (neck), cornerback Chykie Brown (knee), and safety Nat Berhe (calf).
Cornerback Prince Amukamara (groin) made the trip to Cincinnati but has not practiced. Wide receiver Rueben Randle (knee tendinitis) did not practice.
“I’m fine,” Randle said. “It was just the change of surface from our grass field to their grass field, it was kind of bothering me a little bit. It’s nothing serious. I expect to play on Friday…I know how to handle it and prepare myself.”
Unlike on Tuesday, wide receiver Victor Cruz (recovering from knee surgery) participated in team drills, including against the Bengals. Cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie has been dealing with a slight groin issue, but has not missed practice.
Today’s practice was in “uppers” (shoulder pads and shorts). Some snippets from various media sources:
- The first-team offensive line remained Ereck Flowers at left tackle, Justin Pugh at left guard, Weston Richburg at center, John Jerry at right guard, and Marshall Newhouse at right tackle.
- Working at nickel corner were Bennett Jackson, Trumaine McBride, and Josh Gordy.
- The first-team safeties remained Landon Collins and Jeromy Miles; the second-team safeties were Cooper Taylor and Mykkele Thompson. Thompson also saw some first-team reps.
- The first-team cornerbacks were Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and Jayron Hosley.
- Linebacker Mark Herzlich disrupted a screen pass by the Bengals, allowing defensive tackle Kenrick Ellis to finish off the play.
- Linebacker Tony Johnson made a number of physical hits.
- Wide receiver Geremy Davis caught a deep ball from quarterback Eli Manning for a touchdown. Davis was targeted quite a bit and had another good practice.
- Wide receiver Odell Beckham scored on a reverse in team drills. He also scored twice in the red zone catching the football.
- Wide receiver Victor Cruz participated in team drills against the Bengals. He didn’t see a lot of action but he moved well.
- Left guard Justin Pugh and center Weston Richburg stood out in some drills.
- Bengals defensive end Carlos Dunlap gave right tackle Marshall Newhouse some problems.
- Defensive end Jordan Stanton got a sack.
- Safety Mykkele Thompson looked to be out of position on a play where running back Rex Burkhead was left wide open on a pass play.
- Defensive end Owamagbe Odighizuwa forced an incomplete pass with a strong pass rush. Later, Odighizuwa beat Bengals offensive tackle Eric Winston on a speed rush in 1-on-1 drills.
- Defensive end Kerry Wynn had some problems with Bengals right tackle Matthew O’Donnell.
- Wide receiver Julian Talley continued to catch everything thrown in his direction.
- Safety Landon Collins was beat deep by Bengals tight end C.J. Uzomah on a corner route.
- Bengals wide receiver Mohamed Sanu leaped over cornerback Jayron Hosley in the back of the end zone for a touchdown.
- Tight end Adrien Robinson made a very difficult catch, surrounded by three Bengals defenders, for a touchdown on a pass from quarterback Ryan Nassib. Robinson later caught another deep pass from Nassib in the two-minute drill. Robinson also caught another pass for a touchdown. (Video)
- The Giants first-team offensive line had issues with pass protection in the two-minute drill.
- Linebacker Unai Unga broke up a pass intended for tight end Tyler Eifert.
— New York Giants (@Giants) August 12, 2015
HEAD COACH TOM COUGHLIN…
Tom Coughlin addressed the media after the afternoon practice (video is available at Giants.com):
Q: Your thoughts on Day 2? You said you wanted to look at the film from last night..
A: Yeah. We did some good things and didn’t do some other things very well. It’s lots of people, lots of work, lots of situations to be in. It’s been two good days and it gives us a lot of speed work in addition to the first preseason game, so that’s a good thing.
Q: Did Victor Cruz wear you down wanting to get in there?
A: No. No, that was the decision that we made, or I made, coming out here that we would go ahead and look at practice the first day and decide how much. So we got him in there a couple snaps each segment with the exception at the end there. It’s good for him to come out here and get on the field against somebody else.
Q: Your situation at safety, it’s kind of in flux. Where do you see it right now?
A: Well we’re hoping it’s going to be as competitive as it can. We got a young guy that’s playing in there a lot and he went out for a while today and then back in. It’s something that we hope is going to solve itself right here, right in practice before regular season.
Q: Would that be Bennett Jackson you mean? The young guy you said went out.
A: No, Collins was out for a little bit too.
Q: What’s the thing behind having Bennett do a lot of slot stuff? It seemed like he did that a lot today.
A: The thinking behind it is we are looking for someone to be the nickel and we are trying a number of people in there and he got his shot.
Q: With an inexperienced group back there, Jeromy Miles is one who has been around for a while. What does he bring?
A: That’s why he’s here. The veteran experience, he’s been involved more, he knows the defense pretty much. So that we felt would add to (have) a player back there that knew it and understood it and played it would help some of these young guys.
Q: Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie has been out there, he says he’s battling some things. Do you see that?
A: Well, today he was. He had a little bit of a groin (injury). Played his way through that. Hopefully that’s all it is, some short-term deal.
Q: Because you saw it last year?
A: Yeah. Oh yeah. We’ve seen a lot of that.
Q: Do you think Rueben will play Friday?
A: I don’t know. I haven’t any idea. I’m surprised he wasn’t able to work here yesterday.
Q: Is Victor going to play in the game on Friday?
Q: Is anybody else going to be out aside from guys…
A: Whatever the medical people tell me. Whatever. Otherwise, everybody will play.
Q: So there’s nothing at this point that will prevent Odell from being out there?
A: No. Not at this point.
Q: How has Unga looked?
A: He made a nice play today. I saw a couple plays he made today, which was good. He’s a guy that can contribute on special teams, he can run, he’s a big guy, he’s physical. Hopefully he’ll grow into that type of role.
Q: How’s he doing right now with controlling, making the pause?
A: I think that’s an experience he’s got to get better at.
Q: The usual routine? One or two series for the starters?
A: Yeah, that’s usually what it is.
Q: What are you expecting from the rookies in the preseason?
A: Play hard. Play hard. Give great effort, let’s see what you’ve got. Plenty of spots out there to be (taken). You’ve seen the guys that are competing for starting jobs. Hopefully all that is going to do is get better.
Q: Ereck Flowers came out well yesterday afterwards..
A: Seems to be okay today, too. Although that—there was a comeuppance here with that last two-minute drill where nobody is playing run at all and they just turned the front loose. So he saw all kinds of games. They’ve got a good front. Hopefully he’ll learn a lot from that.
Q: Looked like Pugh and Richburg really did well against (Geno) Atkins too today?
A: He’s a good player now. He’s a good player. I know he made one real good play out here in this two-minute.
THE PLAYERS SPEAK…
The following transcripts and video clips of player media Q&As are available at BigBlueInteractive.com and Giants.com:
- RB Shane Vereen (Video)
- WR Victor Cruz (Video)
- WR Geremy Davis (Video)
- DE Robert Ayers (Video)
- DE George Selvie (Video)
- CB Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie (Video)
- S Jeromy Miles (Video)
- Offensive line holds up, counting the RB reps and Odell Beckham shines | Giants practice report by Jordan Raanan for NJ.com
- Defensive line gets consistent pressure, Jayron Hosley runs with 1st team and how safeties fared | Giants practice report by James Kratch for NJ.com
- How Shane Vereen may factor into the Giants’ backfield by Tom Rock of Newsday
- Corey Washington aims to outdo last preseason and get on the field in the regular season for Giants by Tom Rock of Newsday
- What Weston Richburg sees on tape that is ‘night and day’ difference from last year by Jordan Raanan for NJ.com
- Giants offensive lineman Newhouse stands his ground by Art Stapleton of The Bergen Record
- Robert Ayers Jr. says Giants rookie defensive end Owa Odighizuwa ‘is going to be a monster’ by James Kratch for NJ.com
- Veteran DRC confident Giants’ ‘safety’ net will hold up by Paul Schwartz of The New York Post
- This year’s Training Camp is crucial for Jayron Hosley’s career by Michael Eisen of Giants.com
- Giants defensive back Jayron Hosley has turned corner in his career by Tom Rock of Newsday
WHAT’S UP NEXT…
There will be a jog-thru practice on Thursday in advance of Friday’s Giants-Bengals preseason game.
The next training camp practice at Quest Diagnostics Training Center will be held on Sunday, August 16th from 5:50-7:50PM. For a complete listing of training camp practices as well as a handy fan Q&A about training camp, see our Training Camp section of the website. Only four remaining training camp practices at Quest Diagnostics Training Center will be open to the public this year:
- Sunday, August 16: 5:50 – 7:50PM
- Wednesday, August 19: 5:50 – 7:50PM
- Thursday, August 20: 5:50 – 7:50PM
- Tuesday, August 25: 2:30 – 4:30PM