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New York Giants Training Camp (July 22, 2014)

New York Giants Training Camp – Photo by Connor Hughes

LIVE UPDATES: August 1, 2014 New York Giants Training Camp

Welcome to our ‘Live Updates’ New York Giants training camp page! For Friday’s (August 1) practice, you won’t need to go anywhere else to find everything you need to know regarding all of the action at the team’s training camp at Quest Diagnostics Training Center in East Rutherford, New Jersey. It’s the next best thing to actually being at training camp!

Below you will find LIVE tweets as they happen. Don’t have a twitter? Don’t worry! They’ll still show up below for you as soon as they are sent out.

BigBlueInteractive.com knows you love the Corner Forum and being able to interact with your fellow Giants’ fans as practice takes place. We want to make that as easy possible for you. Instead of having to keep two windows open (this page and The Corner Forum page), we will open the comment section of this post throughout the duration of practice.

If you would like your photo to appear next to your comments, upload a photo to Gravatar.com.

Interact with fans just as you always have in the comment section, with the tweet-bar directly above. You’ll have your live updates and your interaction all in one place. We hope you enjoy!

Today’s Schedule:

  • 11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. – Players Interviews
  • 1:20 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. – Practice
  • After Practice – Tom Coughlin available on field
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Eli Manning, New York Giants (June 12, 2014)

Eli Manning at OTAs – © USA TODAY Sports Images

J.D. Walton has gotten himself into a bit of a routine every time he sets the Giants’ offensive huddle.

Just before Eli Manning ducks his head inside and gives the play call, Walton holds his hands out in fists to his left and right. Simultaneously, guards Brandon Mosley and Geoff Schwartz match his with their own, tackles Will Beatty and Justin Pugh, too.

Manning then leans forward, calls the play and the team marches to the line of scrimmage.

The ‘fist bump’ or ‘pound’ is nothing new, but it’s one way Walton is working on developing chemistry across New York’s rebuilt offensive line.

“We need to get in a routine and get comfortable with each other,” Walton said. “That’s part of it. We’re trying to get confidence, get reset, get focused for this next drill and what we’re able to do.”

J.D. Walton (55) and Eli Manning (10), New York Giants (June 18, 2014)

J.D. Walton and Eli Manning – © USA TODAY Sports Images

For the past 10 years, the same familiar faces have paved the way for running backs and kept defensive linemen off Mannings’ back. Sure, some were replaced, but there was always someone that was the same.

When Rich Seubert and Shaun O’Hara left, there was still Kareem McKenzie, David Diehl and Chris Snee. When McKenzie hung up the cleats, there was still Snee and Diehl.

Then Diehl retired in January and Snee the day the Giants reported to camp. Now? 29-year-old Will Beatty and 23-year-old Justin Pugh are the ‘veterans’ up front. The once familiar faces are gone, replaced with free-agent and drafted acquisitions.

Over the years, New York’s once proud and powerful offensive line had become bruised and battered. In 2008, two players -Brandon Jacobs and Derrick Ward – rushed for over 1,000 yards. Last season? Manning was sacked a career-high 39 times and running backs averaged the fourth-worst rushing yards per game.

Snee and Diehl have been replaced by the likes of Walton, rookie Weston Richburg, Schwartz and Mosley. While the group is well aware of the prior generation’s accolades, Walton says they’re collectively trying to create their own history.

“They won two world championships the last 10 years and another two the decade before,” Walton said. “But we’re trying to make our own identity. We want to become a great line ourselves and we’re busting our butt out here every day to do that.”

For Walton, he’s been ‘busting his butt’ ever since an injury cost him the last two seasons of his NFL career.

Drafted in the third round of the 2010 NFL Draft, Walton was viewed by some as one of the best centers available. He had the strength to match up with any defensive tackle, along with agility to get to the second level.

He struggled in the early portions of his career. Just as he began to put it all together, it all fell apart. In 2012, Walton suffered a gruesome dislocated ankle versus the Oakland Raiders. Walton, who said prior to the injury had never missed a practice at any level, has yet to play since.

J.D. Walton, Denver Broncos (December 11, 2011)

J.D. Walton – © USA TODAY Sports Images

“It was rough mentally,” Walton said. “You just try to stick with the family. Go up to the facility as much as possible and sit in the meeting rooms. Just be around the guys because they’re your brothers.”

Walton was waived by the Broncos on Dec. 13, 2013 and then signed by the Washington Redskins a day later. He never played a down. Entering free agency this season, he didn’t know what to expect. Sure, Walton knew he could still play. But did other teams?

At the time of his injury, the 27 year old had just been starting to scratch the surface of what he was capable of doing. The Giants saw that and thought he was worth a risk. When Walton’s agent let him know New York was interested, there was not a doubt in his mind.

“It’s the New York Giants,” Walton said. “It has that lure, that credibility and everything you look for in a franchise. It has the name, being able to play for ‘Big Blue’ and Coach Coughlin. It’s a great franchise.’”

This Sunday in the Giants’ Hall of Fame game versus the Buffalo Bills, Walton will have a chance to show New York its gamble was safe. While for some it’s just another preseason game that doesn’t count, to Walton it means the world.

The last time he stepped foot on the field, he left on a cart.

“I’m very, very excited. It’s been a long time coming for me,” Walton said. “Just to be able to knock off all the rust and get back going. It’s gonna be fun.

“I’m a little jittery, but once you get on that field, that’s your comfort zone. For us players, once you get out there on the field, that’s it. There will be a little extra for me because it’s been so long, but I’m looking forward to it. It’s gonna be a good time.”

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Ryan Nassib, New York Giants (June 18, 2014)

Ryan Nassib had his best practice this summer on Thursday – © USA TODAY Sports Images

JULY 31, 2014 NEW YORK GIANTS TRAINING CAMP REPORT…
Few players on the Giants’ present 90-man roster have been under the microscope as much as quarterback Ryan Nassib.

Last year’s fourth-round pick has had his play dissected, criticized, analyzed and torn apart by nearly every member of the New York media. The fact Nassib has struggled in camp’s early goings haven’t made those reviews very welcoming.

But Thursday afternoon, the day after the Giants gave players the day off, Nassib looked like, well, an NFL quarterback. The 24 year old was accurate, calm, posed and collected. He displayed his arm strength and put excellent zip on the ball. By all accounts, it was Nassib’s best practice of camp.

Below you will find the complete practice report. Wanna check out some of the best sites and sounds from camp? Visit BBI on Instagram.

Bennett Jackson, Notre Dame Fighting Irish (October 26, 2013)

Bennett Jackson left practice with an ankle injury– © USA TODAY Sports Images

SETTING THE STAGE…
The injury bug still continues to bite the Giants a bit hard. Rueben Randle and Ross weaver returned, but Odell Beckham Jr., Xavier Grimble, Trindon Holliday and Travis Howard remained sideline. Joining the two were Mike Patterson (shoulder), John Jerry (knee), Spencer Paysinger (concussion), and David Wilson (neck). During practice, Bennett Jackson (ankle), Will Beatty (illness) and Robert Ayers (ankle) all left at different points in time. After practice, Coughlin didn’t have much to say and did not know the extent to any injured players. although Jackson will undergo x-rays.

One positive, David Wilson rescued a bird that flew onto the field and put it over the fence. That was, until the bird flew back. Jon Beason was also seen running and jogging on the sideline.

SPECIAL TEAMS…
It was the kick off/kick return teams day to practice in the special teams portion of practice. It was interesting as well to see who got the return reps with Holliday and Wilson sidelined.

  • Marcus Harris and Michael Cox seemed to be the beneficiaries of the injuries to Wilson and Holliday. Both received extra looks as kick returners with Quintin Demps and Jerrel Jernigan. Preston Parker got a few looks, too.
  • It was Brandon McManus’ day to kick. He went 3-for-4 which officially ties him with Josh Brown at two missed field goals this camp
Ryan Nassib (9), Ben McAdoo, and Eli Manning (10), New York Giants (July 22, 2014)

Ryan Nassib, Ben McAdoo, and Eli Manning – © USA TODAY Sports Images

TWO MINUTE DRILL…
The Giants’ offense strung together their second consecutive impressive offensive showing at training camp. Both Eli Manning and Ryan Nassib seemed to have control of the offense moving up-and-down the field.

  • Something a little different that hasn’t been show too much in camp, the Giants started the two-minute drill with both starting units going at it. Normally, the No. 1 offense will start it off against the No. 2 defense.
  • The starting offensive line is really beginning to come together nicely. For the second practice in a row, Manning dropped back and had all day to throw before checking it down.
  • A player who isn’t getting a lot of attention but is quietly putting together a very nice camp is Peyton Hillis. One run in particular Hillis began to stretch it to the outside before planting his foot and cutting up field between the right tackle and right guard. He had a lot of running room and showed very good vision.
  • Catching the ball is still a work in progress with Andre Williams. Manning checked down to the rookie, but the ball bounced off his hands and floated dangerously in the air. Walter Thurmond made a diving attempt to come up with the interception but it bounced an inch too far away.
  • Ryan Nassib made the throw of camp. The quarterback dropped back and threw one deep down the field to Kendal Gaskins who was tightly covered on a wheel route by Devon Kennard. Nassib threaded the needle perfectly and dropped the ball right into the hands of Gaskins. There was nothing Kennard could do. Picture perfect throw.
  • Another tight end sighting from another who continues to have a quietly good camp. Daniel Fells caught a touchdown down the seam from Manning. Eli came back the next play and hit Rueben Randle for a touchdown on a fade route.

ONE-ON-ONE…
Not too much excitement went down in the “one-on-one” portion of practice for the Giants. Most of the patterns run by the receivers were underneath routes or slants, nothing to write home about.

  • On a deep pass, Preston Parker beat Prince Amukamara on a double move. After catching the touchdown from Manning, the two players had a nice chuckle as Prince knew he got beat.
  • Bennett Jackson matched up with Corey Washington on a deep route. When the pass was thrown, the two players got their feet tangled together and hit the ground hard. Washington returned, but Jackson was surrounded by four trainers and helped up. He waved off a cart and walked back to the locker room.

TEAM SPECIFIC…
Shortly after the one-on-one, the Giants split their offense and defense into two separate sections of the field. Both teams ran goal-line packages with the backups acting as the opposite team.

  • Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie looks to be everything New York wanted and more when they signed the ex-Denver Bronco this offseason. On the goal line, Cromartie undercut a route thrown by a positional coach, reached across his body with one hand and palmed an interception. The things Rodgers-Cromartie does without a second guess may be the most impressive part of his game. He makes the difficult things look very easy.
  • On offense, Eli Manning ran a play fake and rolled out of the pocket. He then looked up and tossed one to the corner of the endzone. His intended target? Backup offensive lineman Mark Asper. Interesting little variation.
Damontre Moore, New York Giants (September 29, 2013)

Damontre Moore – © USA TODAY Sports Images

PLAYER SPOTLIGHT…
Something we started on Tuesday’s practice, we asked you, the fans, a specific player you wanted spotlighted and observed during the individual portion of practice. After Will Beatty won round one, it was Damontre Moore who pulled away in round two.

  • The first thing that jumps out about Damontre Moore is how quick his feet are. The defensive line was running a drill in which each player had to maneuver in and around bags laying on the ground, then field a fumbled bouncing ball. Moore’s footwork was impressive, quickly working his way in and out of the bags with ease.
  • The one area of concern, and it could simply be because it was a drill and not much effort was put in, was one where the linemen had to smack a tackling dummy out of the way as if they were getting around an offensive lineman. Moore didn’t have much power behind his punch. Again, it was a simple drill.
  • The offensive and defensive lines came together for a little one-on-one with each other. Essentially, the defender had to try to get past the blocker. The blocker had to try to keep the player in front of him. Moore made quick work of James Brewer, quickly getting around with a swim move.

11-ON-11…
The offense continued to look good in the 11-on-11 drill, but the defense worked its way into a pretty nice showing as well. A couple interceptions, a few touchdown passes and more names that continued to jump out.

  • Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie displayed his ball skills perfectly playing a deep pass from Eli Manning to Marcus Harris. Rodgers-Cromartie waited for the ball to reach its highest point, then attacked, batting it away. He made zero contact with Harris in the process.
  • The progress of Mario Manningham continues to get better day in, and day out. The former Super Bowl hero made his finest catch of camp when he beat Trumaine McBride on a flag, then reached up with one hand and tipped the ball to himself. Manningham then got control of the ball and tip-toed to get both feet in bounds. It was vintage Super Mario.
  • Julian Talley made an impressive play on an under thrown pass from Curtis Painter. With Ross Weaver draped all over him, Talley came back to the ball and tipped it up and to himself on a comeback route. Nice concentration shown by Talley.
  • Devon Kennard made a few pops in practice (see below), but John Conner got one in on him, too. On a stretch play, Kennard came up into the hole trying to make the tackle. Conner proceeded to connect with Kennard and seal him out of the play allowing the back to continue down the field.

  • Another impressive play from the Giants’ offensive line. The defense brought a heavy blitz, looked like three extra bodies, and the line picked up every one. Manning had time to scan the field and then find Victor Cruz deep on a crossing route.
  • Jordan Stanton had an interception on a tipped ball from Curtis Painter. The ball was batted around about 10 times in a game of hot potato before Stanton got a hold of it. It wasn’t a pretty play.
  • Antrel Rolle got a couple breathers as Cooper Taylor got some reps with the first team. Taylor’s another one that has had a pretty good camp and impressed.
  • Mario Manningham sighting again, this time on a crossing route to beat Walter Thurmond. Ryan Nassib tried to go back to the same play a few reps later and stared Manningham down. The result? Charles James II jumped the route for an interception.
  • Ryan Nassib responded, though, hitting Larry Donnell for a touchdown down in the red zone. The tight end made a leaping grab in the back of the end zone. Eli Manning then checked in and found Rueben Randle in the same location.
  • Practice ended on an impressive play from Jacquian Williams, who also had a nice practice. Manning dropped back and looked right; Williams jumped up and batted the ball in the air. As it was coming down, Jameel McClain ran underneath and intercepted it. It was off to the races after that.

The Giants will have a practice tomorrow 1:20-3:30pm before traveling to Canton for Sunday’s preseason game versus the Bills on Saturday.

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Corey Washington and Eli Manning, New York Giants (July 22, 2014)

Corey Washington and Eli Manning – © USA TODAY Sports Images

LIVE UPDATES: July 31, 2014 New York Giants Training Camp

Welcome to our ‘Live Updates’ New York Giants’ training camp page! For Thursday’s (July 31) practice, you won’t need to go anywhere else to find everything you need to know regarding all of the action at the team’s training camp at Quest Diagnostics Training Center in East Rutherford, New Jersey. It’s the next best thing to actually being at training camp!

Below you will find LIVE tweets as they happen. Don’t have a twitter? Don’t worry! They’ll still show up below for you as soon as they are sent out.

BigBlueInteractive.com knows you love the Corner Forum and being able to interact with your fellow Giants’ fans as practice takes place. We want to make that as easy possible for you. Instead of having to keep two windows open (this page and The Corner Forum page), we will open the comment section of this post throughout the duration of practice.

If you would like your photo to appear next to your comments, upload a photo to Gravatar.com.

Interact with fans just as you always have in the comment section, with the tweet-bar directly above. You’ll have your live updates and your interaction all in one place. We hope you enjoy!

Today’s Schedule:

  • 11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. – Players Interviews
  • 1:20 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. – Practice
  • After Practice – Tom Coughlin available on field
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Devon Kennard, USC Trojans (October 13, 2011)

Devon Kennard – © USA TODAY Sports Images

He walks around with the same bashful smile, soft spoken voice and bubbly attitude everywhere he goes.

He’s kind, welcoming and open hearted to any that cross his path. There isn’t a person that walks by that doesn’t get a handshake, sheepish grin or ‘Hello, how are you?’ greeting from Giants’ rookie linebacker Devon Kennard. Kennard’s been that way for as long as he can remember. Growing up, in high school and at USC.

But when Kennard steps foot on the football field, it all changes.

“When you step in between the lines, you need to flip that switch,” Kennard said. “It’s either hit, or be hit.”

Through the early portions of Giants’ training camp, Kennard’s been doing the hitting.

It’s become a fairly regular occurrence, actually. All in attendance—players, coaches, fans—keep their eyes glued on the 23 year old, waiting for what they know is coming, just not when. Then, it’s heard. A large collision of pads followed by a warrior-like bellow from Kennard before being swarmed by teammates.

It happened when Kennard pancaked Bennett Jackson in the team’s first practice with pads, and then it was David Wilson the next day followed by Henry Hynoski. Day in and day out, Kennard continues to stand out.

The team has awarded his physicality with praise and playing time. Despite being drafted in the fifth round, Kennard has been running with the first team ever since middle linebacker Jon Beason was injured during the offseason conditioning program.

“It’s an honor,” Kennard said. “But at the same time it’s not like I’v’e done much of anything yet. We haven’t played any game, any preseason game or anything like that. I still have a long ways to go.”

A Championship Pedigree

From an early age, Kennard always had an idea of what it would take to make it in the NFL. Just as early, he wanted nothing more than to make it there.

Devon Kennard, USC Trojans (August 29, 2013)

Devon Kennard – © USA TODAY Sports Images

Kennard’s father, Derek, played 11 seasons of professional football from 1984-1996 as an offensive lineman. Derek was most known for his four-year stint with the St. Louis Cardinals, where he spent the majority of his career, while also earning a ring in Super Bowl XXX with the Dallas Cowboys.

“I just always wanted to play football,” Kennard said. “My dad played it for a long time so I always wanted to.”

Where on the field would he play? Well, that didn’t matter any to him. As long as it was him between the lines, Kennard was happy. He was physical, fiery and had a relentless work ethic. It was nearly impossible for him not to succeed.

But there was one game in particular where he says he took the jump from good to great. It happened when he was a junior in high school playing his, at the time, ‘natural’ defensive end position.

“I came around and I had this huge sack,” Kennard said, smiling. “I ended up having five sacks that game. That was the big moment that rocketed my career.”

The Preparation

After being drafted by the Giants, Kennard wasted no time in diving headfirst into the team’s playbook from the moment he got his hands on it. Some of the schemes, tendencies and terminology came natural, but others he had to work on.

While some rookies enjoy the limelight of being NFL super stars, Kennard hides from it. Sure, he could go out to clubs, or he could put to use his tireless work ethic and perfect his craft. The same work ethic his father taught him when he was younger. The same work ethic his father had throughout the duration of his career.

“I spent a lot of time in the playbook,” Kennard said. “Over the summer, I spent hours and hours all day during (organized team activities). Then, I’d come home and I’m in the playbook for hours until I go to sleep.

“Then I wake up and I’m doing it all over again. Even when we’re off, I’m doing the same thing. It’s the same thing now. I’m trying to learn as much as I can and get the full understanding of the entire defense so I can play multiple roles and do whatever they ask me.”

Kennard’s hard work didn’t go unnoticed. With the team unable to wear pads in spring workouts, it was Kennard’s head that had coaches and teammates turning theirs. Quickly it became evident New York got a bit more than they bargained for in the fifth-round pick from USC.

“He was able to retain a lot of that information,” Giants’ defensive coordinator Perry Fewell said. “He was able to go out on the field and execute and earn some of the trust of his fellow teammates and the trust of his coaches.

Devon Kennard, USC Trojans (August 29, 2013)

Devon Kennard – © USA TODAY Sports Images

Everywhere Man

While at USC, Kennard played four different positions. He began his career as a defensive end playing primarily in pass situations. Then came the switch to strong side linebacker, followed by middle linebacker and finally the weak side.

There were different meeting rooms, different expectations and different assignments. But none of it bothered him. Sure, it was a lot for anyone to take in. Then again, Kennard isn’t like many others.

“I’m a very selfless player,” Kennard said. “I want to do whatever it takes to help the team win.”

The same versatility that Kennard displayed in college has been shown again at the professional level. Throughout the offseason, Kennard has spent time at every one of the positions he played in college.

When Beason went down with an injury, it was Kennard that filled in at middle linebacker. When Jameel McClain took over in the middle for Beason, Kennard slid over to the outside. He’s played weak side linebacker in the team’s three-safety package and even saw  a few snaps at defensive end.

“Kennard’s a very smart kid,” McClain said. “He’s taken advantage of the opportunity in front of him. When opportunity comes, we all have to take advantage of it. This is a prime example of what you’re seeing from him.”

McClain admitted that throughout his six-year NFL career, he’s never seen a player come in and play as many positions as Kennard, having been converted from another position entirely. But when looking at the way he plays, there’s one name that pops into his mind.

“To be honest, if I was to compare him to anyone I’d compare him to me and how I came up in this league. “McClain said. “I came in as a converted linebacker in Baltimore. I played all the positions and got thrown around a bit. It’s pretty unique in that aspect.”

It’s one thing to see a first-round pick get instant reps with the first team. Even a second or third rounder to contribute immediately is expected in today’s NFL. But a fifth rounder? One that was considered by some a reach? One who scouts thought would contribute strictly on special teams early in his career?

Well, there’s not much normal about that.

“Pittsburgh, I think, started Jack Lambert, right away?” Linebackers coach Jim Herrman said. “He turned out pretty good. “

Kennard admitted that while he has a history at defensive end, right now he’s enjoying his time at linebacker. He always liked to hit people, sack people, control the run and help his team win. Linebacker allows him to do that.

But when asked what position he enjoys most, there was no hesitation, no second thought and no pause. The answer was given before the question was done being asked.

“I love playing defense,” Kennard said.

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Larry Donnell, New York Giants (June 18, 2014)

Larry Donnell shined at Giants’ camp – © USA TODAY Sports Images

JULY 29, 2014 NEW YORK GIANTS TRAINING CAMP REPORT…
Shortly after a practice earlier this week, Giants’ coach Tom Coughlin summed up the team’s offensive progression in one quick and simple, but incredibly effective, cliche.

“Two steps forward,” Coughlin said, “one step back.”

At Tuesday’s practice, the final one before receiving a day off on Wednesday, nothing could prove more true.

The offense moved up-and-down the field, Larry Donnell caught a pair of touchdowns and the line opened holes and kept defenders off of Manning’s back. Then came the step back. Running back David Wilson and his surgically-repaired neck walked off the field with a trainer. Coughlin confirmed after practice it was a ‘burner.’

While the team awaits additional news on Wilson, BigBlueInteractive.com has your complete practice report.

Rueben Randle, New York Giants (June 12, 2014)

Rueben Randle did not practice today – Photo by Connor Hughes

SETTING THE STAGE…
A few more players missed practice than the usual amount. Travis Howard, Trindon Holliday, Rueben Randle,Ross Weaver and Everett Dawkins all watched from the side. Odell Beckham Jr. fielded punts and caught balls from the jugs machine. Coughlin spoke after practice and said Randle had a hamstring issue and Holliday a knee. It didn’t sound serious.

SPECIAL TEAMS…
As always, the Giants opened up their practice with special teams. Yesterday the team practiced kickoff coverage and kick returns, today it was punt coverage and punt returns.

  • With Rueben Randle and Trindon Holliday sidelined, it was Odell Beckham Jr. (just catching), David Wilson, Jerrel Jernigan and Victor Cruz fielding punts. Not the best day for Jernigan, he muffed two. Charles James II got a few looks, too.
  • Not terribly sure the team would run it in a game, but Quintin Demps got two fake direct snaps sent his way. He took both around the edge. One to the right, one to the left.
  • Brandon McManus did a bit of punting his junior and senior year at Temple and he took a few snaps for the Giants’ today. Most of it was just to spell Steve Weatherford as the team practiced coverage drills.
  • Another Marcus Harris sighting. This time, the wideout ran down as a gunner and downed the ball inside the 5-yard line.
  • By my count, I had Josh Brown going 4-for-4 in practice today. McManus will get a chance to kick on Thursday.

PLAYER SPOTLIGHT…
I am trying something a little new today as we asked you, the fans, a particular player you wanted to have spotlighted during the individual portion of practice. By a slim margin, Will Beatty pulled away from Jason Pierre-Paul. (I checked just before walking out to observe practice).

Originally when camp started, reporters were allowed to walk all over the field. That seems to have changed as we’re now positioned in one spot on one field for most of the day. The offense walked to the other side of the field as we were stationed with the defense. Either way, I did my best to observe Beatty. He’s easy to find with his uniform.

  • Will Beatty, New York Giants (August 10, 2013)

    Will Beatty – © USA TODAY Sports Images

    If Beatty still feels pain in his leg, he hides it well. The Giants’ left tackle ran a drill where they were required to dead sprint after the running back got a handoff. Beatty moved very well. No sign of a limp on him.

  • Working with a teammate holding a bag, Beatty’s speed in extending his arms is really something to watch. That initial punch given to the bag creates quite the collision and actually knocked his bag-holder back a half step.
  • The first couple of steps Beatty takes are also pretty impressive. He has very, very quick feet for a guy of his size and can take three steps in the space some would take one.
  • In a drill where the linemen were required to get to the second level, Beatty beat nearly all linemen getting to the linebackers. He really isn’t your traditional big, blubbery lineman. The guy has some speed and is very athletic.

TWO MINUTE DRILL…
As is the case every practice, the Giants run two sets of “11-on-11″ where the offense goes up against the defense. Coughlin will vary what teams match up with each other. Either way, you’ll find highlights from both portions here, including the ‘Play of Practice.’ Overall, it was a pretty good showing from the offense. Much, much better than yesterday.

  • The first-team offense saw a few new faces getting the initial snaps. Adrien Robinson was the first tight end and Andre Williams was the first running back. Also, with Rueben Randle out, Mario Manningham filled in opposite Jerrel Jernigan with Victor Cruz in the slot.
  • Little bit of a different pattern, Peyton Hillis ran an out-route about 10 yards down the field and Eli Manning hit him.
  • Another variation of the ‘NASCAR’ package for the Giants. Robert Ayers and Mathias Kiwanuka (roaming/stand up) manned the outside with Cullen Jenkins and Jason Pierre-Paul in the middle.
  • Larry Donnell had his best practice of the summer by my count. The highlight? This one-handed grab on a fade route from Eli. Out of pure luck, I got it on tape. Going forward, BBI is going to try to shoot some more video and have it linked up with our Instagram account (@BigBlueInteractive). Be sure to give it a follow. (Side note: Thank you to Inside Football intern Emily Iannaconi for the help posting this).

  • John Conner had one of the bigger hits of camp, smacking Kerry Wynn (via Newsday’s Tom Rock. I was still trying to find a way to share the Donnell video). Also, Eric Herman had his first pancake of camp as he got Kelcy Quarles pretty good.
  • Really, really nice blocking by the offensive line on an Eli Manning pass attempt. Manning had about seven seconds to throw and a perfectly-developed pocket. The issue? No one was open. Manning eventually rolled out and hit Donnell in the flat.
  • In Rueben Randle’s absence, Jerrel Jernigan had another nice practice. He beat Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie twice on in-routes.
  • John Jerry got some work with the first team at guard for Brandon Mosley. Mosley took the majority of snaps, but I saw Jerry get a few.
  • Maybe he was offsides, maybe he wasn’t, but Jason Pierre-Paul got an incredible jump on an Eli Manning pass. Would-be sack for JPP there as long as no flags were thrown.
  • A few fans had asked about trickery, so here you go. For the first time since I remember Jeremy Shockey attempting a pass versus the Philadelphia Eagles, someone other than the quarterback threw the ball. Ryan Nassib tossed it to Peyton Hillis, who then pulled up and lofted one down the field in the direction of Larry Donnell. The halfback pass fell incomplete, but was still fun to see. Looks like offensive coordinator Ben McAdoo does have a few tricks up his sleeve.
  • Kellen Davis caught a touchdown from Curtis Painter, but Painter’s success was short lived. On his next pass, he was pick-sixed by Trumaine McBride. McBride was escorted to the endzone by Prince Amukamara, Walter Thurmond III and Stevie Brown. Interesting, Peyton Hillis ran with McBride to all the way to the endzone. Nice hustle from the running back.
Mario Manningham, New York Giants (June 18,2014)

Mario Manningham – © USA TODAY Sports Images

SEVEN-ON-SEVEN…
Not much going on here. Few catches, few deflections. It was tough to see as the Giants created a wall blocking a lot portion of our view. Here are the highlights:

  • Larry Donnell caught his second touchdown of the practice when he found himself wide open on a corner route. Tom Coughlin has talked extensively about wanting someone, anyone, to step up at the position. Looks like Donnell has heard his call.
  • Another tight end flashed, Adrien Robinson. On an out-route, Robinson lunged forward and made a nice hands grab beating Jayron Hosley.
  • David Wilson, the last play I saw him in before he walked off the field, fumbled on a swing route. From what I saw, Wilson looked to catch the ball and then attempt to tip-toe down the sideline. As he reached forward for more yards, he just basically dropped the ball. Some said they saw Spencer Adkins punch it out, but I saw him drop it. Either way, it was a fumble.
  • Eli Manning hit Mario Manningham for a touchdown on a slant route. Manningham has looked good these last two days.
  • Another flash from Marcus Harris. He beat Prince Amukamara for a touchdown on an out-route near the goal line.

RANDOM OBSERVATION…
Charles James II really is a character. After practice, the defensive backs all huddled around doing a chant as James danced away in the middle of them all. The group concluded with a “DB’s” bellow before all simultaneously sliding out.

The Giants will have off tomorrow before returning to practice again on Thursday and Friday. The team plays its first preseason game on Sunday.

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New York Giants Training Camp (July 27, 2014)

New York Giants Training Camp – Photo by Connor Hughes

LIVE UPDATES: July 29, 2014 New York Giants Training Camp

Welcome to the sixth ‘Live Update Blog for the 2014′ New York Giants’ training camp. For Tuesday’s (July 29) practice, you won’t need to go anywhere else to find everything you need to know regarding Big Blue!

In the past, your source for breaking news and live updates from practice was featured in a Corner Forum post. While the news eventually got there, there was a delay and some was lost between the transfer of copying tweets and posting over to the forum. Not to mention…it was an awful lot of work.

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Today’s Schedule:

  • 11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. – Players Interviews
  • 1:20 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. – Practice
  • After Practice – Tom Coughlin available on field
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New York Giants Training Camp (July 27, 2014)

New York Giants Training Camp – Photo by Connor Hughes

JULY 28, 2014 NEW YORK GIANTS TRAINING CAMP REPORT…
The Giants’ GPS must have been off the chart.

Practicing for the second day in full pads, New York called it quits after roughly 70 minutes (the practice was supposed to go two hours). The team broke after Jay Bromley tackled Kendall Gaskins – much to coach Tom Coughlin’s displeasure – and headed inside for another “recovery stretch.” This was the second time in the last five days the Giants have ended practice after an hour.

While it may have been per GPS request, it also could have been to stop the dismal display of offense shown by Eli Manning and the boys. After yesterday’s promise, it was back to square one for Big Blue on Monday.

Below you will find the complete practice report. Be sure to recap all the live action as it happened.

Odell Beckham, New York Giants (July 22, 2014)

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SETTING THE STAGE…
Trindon Holliday returned to practice, Odell Beckham and Xavier Grimble were both held out. Coughlin confirmed after practice that both were visiting the “doctors” for further examination on their injured hamstrings.

SPECIAL TEAMS…
Some interesting happenings with the Giants’ special teams, getting some full contact reps. Both the punt/punt return and kick/kick return units went through different variations of drills.

  • And the legend of Devon Kennard writes another chapter. In a punt drill where the line’s goal was to get around their blockers and get to the punter, Kennard pancaked fellow rookie Dan Fox. The hit wasn’t the only for Kennard on the day. More on that later.
  • With no Odell Beckham Jr. to field punts (but not run), David Wilson got some additional looks. He muffed one, but fielded the rest.
  • On the kick return drill, when David Wilson cut up the field a coach was heard yelling, “High and tight!” I couldn’t make out the yeller, but it’s certainly something the team’s harping on with the former first-round pick.
  • It was Brandon McManus‘ day to kick and the place kicker went 3-for-4. The ball left his foot very weirdly on his one miss. It could have been he slipped. Either way, that brings McManus’ miss total to one. Josh Brown has missed two since camp started last week.

INDIVIDUAL…
I stuck with the offense again today as the Giants were practicing on field three. It is difficult when the team ends up on the corner field as it’s a journey to wherever the other group goes. Tomorrow, I’ll keep an eye on the defense.

  • The wide receivers, running backs, tight ends and wide receivers joined the quarterbacks to work through a drill similar to the gauntlet. The receiver would catch the ball on a curl, then run through three bags being swung by Peyton Hillis, John Conner and Henry Hynoski before running in the middle of two tackling dummies. Not too many drops. The one notable observation was Andre Williams continues to catch with his body.
  • After splitting up, the wide receivers worked an interesting “read-and-react” drill. The wideouts needed to read their positional coach before breaking on a number of different routes. No player made any notable mistakes that I saw.

TWO-MINUTE DRILL…
I am still not totally sure if this is the two-minute drill, or the pace the Giants’ offense now moves. Either way, it wasn’t pretty. The Giants ran the full-team 11-on-11 both after individuals, and at the end of practice. Not too many highlights from either time so we’ll condense them in one place.

  • Eli Manning seemed to be quite interested in going deep to Rueben Randle. The quarterback threw his way three times, all three incomplete. The first came on a play-action fake on the first play of the two-minute drill. Zack Bowman made an impressive interception that Giants.com caught on film. The second pass Manning thrown Randle’s way was overthrown and the third probably should have been caught.

  • The more the Giants display their offense, the more it becomes evident offensive coordinator Ben McAdoo loves the quick passes. Be it bubble screens, slants or outs, the ball certainly comes out of Manning’s hand faster.
  • Ryan Nassib didn’t have a very good practice, but he did make a beautiful pass to Preston Parker on the sideline. Parker made a spinning back-shoulder grab before toe-tapping his feet. He’s another young receiver who has flashed this summer.
  • Eli Manning hit Daniel Fells for a touchdown between a couple of defenders near the goal line. In an overall bad performance by the offense, there were a few good signs from the tight end position. Larry Donnell made the “Catch of Practice” in the second 11-on-11 portion.

  • First fight of camp. Henry Hynoski and Jameel McClain went at it. The entire team came together in an attempt to break it up.
  • The Giants displayed their new “NASCAR” package for a couple of plays. Robert Ayers Jr. and Damontre Moore played the end positions why Jason Pierre-Paul and Mathias Kiwanuka held down the fort at defensive tackle.
  • Ryan Nassib’s struggles continued. Aside from struggling with accuracy, he tried to one-hand a high snap from Weston Richburg, missed and fumbled the ball.
  • One other player who stood out a bit was Mario Manningham. He made a nice sliding back-shoulder grab on the sideline and another on a comeback route. He said he’s feeling “better and better” each day, now he’s showing it.
  • Charles Brown gave William Beatty a little break in the second 11-on-11. On his first snap, Brown jumped offsides.
  • Victor Cruz made an impressive grab on a wheel-ish route down the left sideline. Eli Manning hit him with a pass, perfectly beating the zone.

SEVEN-ON-SEVEN…
The Giants kicked the linemen to the side and went at it a bit in a seven-on-seven. Not too many highlights to take note of here. As has been mentioned, it wasn’t the offense’s best day.

Victor Cruz, New York Giants (July 22, 2014)

Victor Cruz – © USA TODAY Sports Images

  • Andre Williams continues to try to catch everything with his body. The issue with this is if the pass comes in hot, it can potentially bounce off of the chest portion of the shoulder pads and result in an incompletion or worse. This happened today on an attempted screen. Williams has a lot of potential, but his receiving game is a work in progress.
  • Curtis Painter is starting to get a bit more looks at quarterback than he had in the first week. My guess is it’s to try to light a fire under Ryan Nassib – anything to get the quarterback going at this point is in play.

RUNNING DRILL…
After missing the Devon Kennard hit on David Wilson yesterday, I made sure to take note of what happened in this drill today. Essentially the safeties, defensive line and linebackers join with the offensive line, tight ends, fullback and running backs for a full-contact running drill. Think the reverse of the seven-on-seven.

  • Markus Kuhn is a very, very violent man. He continues to impress with his pure strength and the thing that’s gotten my attention is the nastiness he plays with. Every time he knocks someone over, he stares at them as they help themselves up.
  • Both fullbacks, John Conner and Henry Hynoski, looked good. Few stand-up blocks from both of them.
  • Another Devon Kennard sighting. On the first play of this drill, the rookie from USC came bolting in between the A/B gap and smacked Rashad Jennings. Right after making contact, Kennard clenched his fists together and let out a few bellows.
  • Johnathan Hankins put a pretty good shot on David Wilson, knocking him over. Wilson then popped right back up and continued running down the field.

The Giants will hold another practice open to the public tomorrow (1:20-3:30pm) before having the day of Wednesday. Stay tuned to BigBlueInteractive.com for your complete camp coverage.

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Eli Manning, New York Giants (June 18, 2014)

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It’s one of the more commonly-asked questions at Giants’ training camp. Nearly every reporter has taken their shot at getting a different answer variation, all have kept their eyes peeled when it’s been displayed on the field.

How’s Eli Manning look in Ben McAdoo’s new West Coast Offense? What are the realistic expectations for the upcoming season?

Well, according to Manning and quarterback coach Danny Langsdorf, it seems the sky’s the limit.

“We’d love to be up there at 70 percent,” Langsdorf told The Star-Ledger’s Conor Orr. “It hasn’t been done very often. So that is the ultimate goal. We’d like to raise his completion percentage for sure. I don’t know about the history, maybe the Giants took more shots downfield, but I think there are different things that lead to that completion percentage but we’d love for him to shoot for 70.”

Manning didn’t hold back when asked the same expectation. In fact, he and Langsdorf agreed to the same near identical number.

“The high 60s is kind of the goal, to be in the top of the league,” Manning told NJ.com’s Jordan Raanan. “Sure it’s realistic. It’s a combination of the offense and the players we have.”

If Manning reaches lofty completion percentage expectation, it would not only be a vast improvement over last year, but a career high as well. In his 10 NFL seasons, Manning has never completed better than 62.9 percent of his throws. From 2008 through 2011, he completed over 60 percent. That number has dropped over the last two years, with Manning completed 59.9 in 2012, and 57.5 last year.

While Giants’ offensive coordinator Ben McAdoo didn’t call the plays in Green Bay, he worked on an offensive staff that continually had quarterback Aaron Rodgers near the tops of the league in accuracy. Rodgers has completed over 65 percent of his passes every year since 2010.

But 70 percent? That number has only been reached five times before. Drew Brees (71.2), Brees again (70.6), Ken Anderson (70.6), Steve Young (70.3) and Joe Montana (70.2) are the only signal callers in NFL history to reach that high.

At 33 years old, Can Manning do it? Fan discussion in The Corner Forum.

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Mario Manningham, San Francisco 49ers (November 25, 2012)

Mario Manningham still isn’t 100 percent – © USA TODAY Sports Images

There was a time when Mario Manningham’s roster spot was all but guaranteed.

Back in 2008, the New York Giants drafted him in the third round. In four seasons, he displayed the ability to be a down-field threat who also had the ability to make people miss in space. When he entered free agency following New York’s Super Bowl championship in 2011, he was considered an up-and-coming No. 1 wide receiver.

Then injuries happened. And the budding super star was labeled an injury-prone has-been.

“It was frustrating,” Manningham said. “But (injuries) are part of the game.”

Now six years removed form hearing his name called on draft day, Manningham’s roster status is as up in the air as the passes he once pulled down. Despite being 28 years old, Manningham’s body looks much older than that.

After leaving the Giants, Manningham signed a two-year contract with the San Francisco 49ers. In his first year, he tore both the ACL and PCL in his left knee. Manningham was placed on injured reserve and started the 2013 season on the physically unable to perform list. He returned in November, but was once again placed on injured reserve when he wasn’t deemed physically healthy.

The 49ers elected to let Manningham walk in free agency and he found his way back to the Giants. He sat out the entire offseason conditioning program and has been ‘limited’ in training camp. Despite being two years removed form the initial injury, Manningham still doesn’t feel 100 percent.

“I know my knee is fixed, I just need confidence,” Manningham said. “It’s me sticking my foot in the ground and going. Everyday it gets better and better.”

But while Manningham works to return to the ‘Super Mario’ that once dazzled fans at MetLife Stadium, other healthy options on the roster have stepped up in the process. Marcus Harris has caught nearly every pass thrown his way. Corey Washington has impressed, too. Manningham says he’s “close,” but is it too late?

For the first time in his career, Manningham’s roster position isn’t guaranteed. And he knows it.

“It’s not easy because I know I still have to make the team,” Manningham said. “There’s no real pressure in the back of my mind whether it’s me or them. I’m gonna prepare myself like I’m going to try to make the team.”