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Marcus Harris, New York Giants (July 22, 2014)

Marcus Harris continues to impress at Giants’ camp – © USA TODAY Sports Images

AUGUST 1, 2014 NEW YORK GIANTS TRAINING CAMP REPORT…
The Giants practiced for the final time before facing the Buffalo Bills on Sunday in the annual Hall of Fame Game. As a result, Friday’s practice was a bit lighter than usual.

The team practiced in just shells, ran through an individual portion, some 11-on-11 and concluded with the ‘cards.’ The end of practice was unable to be seen as the Giants moved inside because of lightning in the area.

Below you will find the complete practice report for Friday, August 1. Also, remember to check out Big Blue Interactive on instagram for video clips and photos from practice.

Please note: We asked you for a player to spotlight in practice today. Because of the type of practice the Giants ran, it was not well suited for a player spotlight. When the team regroups following its game versus the Bills, we will have a spotlight on Weston Richburg.

SETTING THE STAGE…
Many of the walking wounded remained out. While John Jerry (knee) returned, Xavier Grimble (hamstring), Bennett Jackson (ankle), Odell Beckham Jr. (hamstring), Trindon Holliday (hamstring), Spencer Paysinger (concussion), David Wilson (neck), Will Beatty (headache), Mike Patterson (shoulder) and Robert Ayers (ankle) were sidelined. Beatty stretched with the team, but didn’t participate in the team portion. This is most likely because Charles Brown will be starting the HOF game.

Antrel Rolle and Trindon Holliday, New York Giants (June 5, 2014)

Trindon Holliday (15) sat out practice – Photo by Connor Hughes

SPECIAL TEAMS…
The Giants ran through a walk through of the special teams following their team stretch. It was the punt team’s day for work.

  • With Trindon Holliday sidelined, it was Jayron Hosley, Preston Parker, Victor Cruz, Odell Beckham Jr. (just catching), Rueben Randle and Jerrel Jernigan getting reps as returner.
  • While practicing field goals, Zak DeOssie lost control of a snap and bounced it back to Steve Weatherford. Weatherford then picked it up and ran around the outside looking to throw. The issue? No one ran with him and the coach blew the whistle. Credit Weatherford, though, he got out there pretty quick.
  • The field goal attempt was ignored and Brown was allowed to practice four more. He went 4-for-4. The kicking competition remains tied as both Brandon McManus and Brown have missed two kicks each since training camp started.

TWO-MINUTE DRILL…
The offense continues to look much better in the two-minute drill, probably because it’s how the offense runs the majority of the time. Rueben Randle spoke to the media today and said that the Ben McAdoo offense can go to the hurry up “whenever he wants.”

  • With Will Beatty out, Charles Brown played left tackle. Also, Johnathan Hankins took all reps with the first-team defense in Mike Patterson’s place.
  • Ryan Nassib had a pretty decent showing today, but he did miss two throws that would have completed a perfect practice. The fourth-round pick overshot both Mario Manningham and Preston Parker on deep balls down the field. Both receivers had a step.
  • While no one had pads on, Nassib made one of his best plays of camp. The quarterback dropped back in the pocket and went through his first couple of reads. As the pocket began to collapse on him, he took two steps up and rolled out to his right, extending the play. As he was rolling out, Marcus Harris rolled with him across the field. Nassib located Harris and hit him in stride as the receiver took it into the endzone.
  • Eli Manning tried to hit Rueben Randle on a shallow post, but Trumaine McBride undercut the pass and intercepted it. Manning just located that ball poorly. Manning responded well, though. He came back and hit Jerrel Jernigan and Marcus Harris for back-to-back touchdowns.

  • On a play-action roll out, John Conner displayed some pretty nice hands. Nassib led him perfectly in front of his body and Conner reached out and caught it in stride. He’s said he can catch the ball and move, now he’s showing it.
  • Corey Washington has quietly put together a very nice camp as well. The receiver made another nice play down the field on a deep ball from Curtis Painter.

THE CARDS…
Let’s explain a bit about what ‘the cards’ mean. Essentially, this is the same routine the Giants do their final practice before any game. The defense lines up on one side, the offense on another. An assistant coach then stands in front of both and holds up a card that has the play drawn on it. The offense then calls said play, the defenses calls their play, and then they run the plays.  It is a bit anticlimactic and the drill is run at about three-quarters speed.

  • Adrian Robinson had a pretty nice showing. He caught two passes deep down the seam from Curtis Painter.
  • Very, very interesting formation displayed by the Giants: The Read Option. Ryan Nassib has some mobility and he displayed it. Once he kept it, once he didn’t. The play would never be run with Eli Manning in the game, but Nassib could have some success with it.
  • Back-to-back nice throws from Ryan Nassib. The first he hit Jerrel Jernigan deep down the field and the second Preston Parker on an in route.
  • Another player who seems to be improving daily, Mario Manningham, made an impressive catch. With Jayron Hosley all over him, Manningham extended his hands well to catch the pass and then brought it in to his body as Hosley tried to fight it away.
  • Another Marcus Harris sighting. This time, the receiver ran a double-move from the slot and managed to pull in a pass thrown well behind him. Harris had to stop his momentum and reach behind to make the grab. He lost balance and fell, but held on to the ball.

THE RED ZONE…
After a bit of the cards, the Giants worked on their red zone drill. Working through the first, second and third teams, the Giants started around the 20-yard line and worked their way in in an attempt to score.

  • Cooper Taylor made a pretty impressive bat down on a pass from Nassib. See the video below:

  • Eli Manning came back and hit Victor Cruz for a touchdown from about five yards out.
  • Another display of Ryan Nassib’s mobility. The quarterback took a designed quarterback draw in from ten yards out. It’s not a talked about part of his game, but Nassib can run. Not unlike David Carr.
  • On the final play of practice that the media saw, Travis Harvey made a nice catch in the back corner of the endzone on a fade route from Curtis Painter. After this, the lightning forced the players inside and the media were unable to watch. During this time, we were told Charles James II intercepted another pass. Including OTA, mini-camp and training camp, James has a team-high four interceptions.

The Giants will travel to Canton on Saturday and be in attendance for Michael Strahan’s Hall of Fame speech. The team will then play the Buffalo Bills on Sunday in the annual Hall of Fame game scheduled for 8:00 pm (EST).

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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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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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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.

Not anymore.

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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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)

Odell Beckham continues to sit out – © USA TODAY Sports Images

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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LIVE UPDATES: July 28, 2014 New York Giants Training Camp

Welcome to the fifth ‘Live Update Blog for the 2014′ New York Giants’ training camp. For Monday’s (July 28) practice, you won’t need to go anywhere else to find everything you need to know regarding Big Blue!

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Today’s Schedule:

  • 11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. – Players Interviews (TE Coach Kevin M. Gilbride and QB Coach Danny Langsdorf)
  • 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 – Photo by Connor Hughes

JULY 27, 2014 NEW YORK GIANTS TRAINING CAMP REPORT…

For the first time this season, the New York Giants dressed in full pads following yesterday’s day off. Another first? The Giants’ offense showed signs of life.

There was Eli Manning firing long balls and connecting, while looking poised in the pocket. There was a developed pocket, time to throw and holes to run through. Victor Cruz heard his signature chant bellowed from the crowd after a sliding catch. And linebacker Devon Kennard continued to flash on defense.

Overall, you could say it was an eventful day in East Rutherford.

Below you will find our complete practice report from today’s camp.

New York Giants Wide Receivers (July 23, 2014)

Odell Beckham (13) continues to sit out - Photo by Connor Hughes

SETTING THE STAGE…
As is the case with each report, here’s a your scene setter. Xavier Grimble sat out the practice’s duration with a ‘slight’ hamstring issue. Speaking after practice, coach Tom Coughlin didn’t seem too worried. Odell Beckham Jr. was out again today aside from fielding punts and catching balls from the jugs machine. Unlike Grimble, Coughlin seems worried about Beckham. Trindon Holliday sat out the positional and team portion of practice because he “tweaked a leg” during a punt return. There were 3,552 fans in attendance and a crew of referees to keep the players on their toes.

THE WALK THROUGH…
I very rarely mention the walk-through in the training camp report, mainly because the media isn’t allowed to watch. If anything, we catch the final five minutes or so of the special teams. Either way, some eventful note-worthy action took place.

  • With the returners simply fielding the ball, it looked like Victor Cruz and Odell Beckham Jr. had a little competition going on between them. Cruz started it by fielding a ball one handed. Beckham Jr. responded by – I kid you not – palming the ball from the jugs machine as if he was an outfielder catching a fly ball. He made this look insanely easy. He simply put his hand up, grabbed the ball over his head and pulled it in.
  • During the team stretch, Cullen Jenkins, Jason Pierre-Paul and Damontre Moore decided to race each other. Moore just beat JPP by about a step.

SPECIAL TEAMS…
The Giants opened up practice as they always do with special teams drills. Each day it’s a different starting unit that spends some time together. Some days it’s the punt team, others punt coverage. Same with kick returns and kickoff coverage.

  • Returners were as follows and in this specific order: Trindon Holliday, Rueben Randle, Odell Beckham Jr. and Victor Cruz. Preston Parker and David Wilson also fielded punts.
  • Starting gunners are no change from organized team activities. Zack Bowman is on the right and Bennett Jackson on the left. Second unit featured Charles James II on the right and Ross Weaver on the left.
  • On a punt return, Jerrel Jernigan – who had a very, very nice practice – made quite a few people miss.
  • Kendall Gaskins and Cooper Taylor got into a pushing match on a return. Gaskins blocked Taylor to the ground, Taylor didn’t like that and came up with a few shoves.
  • It was Josh Brown’s day to kick field goals. He went 3-of-4. If you’re keeping score at home, that’s 6/8 for Brown and 8/8 for Brandon McManus.

INDIVIDUALS…
I stuck with the offense today. I will turn my attention to defense tomorrow. The ‘O’ ran a few different variations of drills we hadn’t seen in camp yet. It started with the quarterbacks, running backs and fullbacks working through drills. The wide receivers and tight ends then joined the group for a full offense (minus line) drill.

New York Giants Training Camp (July 27, 2014)

New York Giants Training Camp – Photo by Connor Hughes

  • It looks like the fullback position may be Henry Hynoski’s to lose. He was the first man on the field today.
  • A couple times during the QB/RB/FB drill we saw a shotgun draw to the fullback. Both Hynoski and John Conner got reps here.
  • Andre Williams made a very nice catch out of the backfield on a swing pass. Ryan Nassib – which is becoming a regular occurrence – threw one low on a swing route. Williams reached down and pulled in a shoe-string catch. The impressive part was Williams didn’t lose his balance.
  • When the offense came together, it looked like Andre Williams got himself confused a bit and didn’t know what to do. Just before the snap, Williams motioned to a coach who came over and moved his hands in a motion that looked to be outlining a route. Williams shook his head once he was reminded and the play went on.
  • Interesting formation displayed: With three wide receivers and a tight end already lined up, Ryan Nassib motioned David Wilson into the slot. Wilson then ran a quick out. It looks like Ben McAdoo is thinking of ways to get Wilson the ball in space.

TWO MINUTE DRILL…
While every reporter in attendance generally has a difference in opinion at some point in time, it seems like everyone agreed on one thing: The Giants’ offense had its best practice of camp. When the starters were in, the Giants moved up and down the field in the no-huddle offense. It was impressive to see, and for the first time, displayed what Ben McAdoo’s offense is capable of when everyone is clicking.

  • Victor Cruz heard his named chanted by the home crowd when he made a diving grab. It looked like he came from the complete other side of the field and Eli Manning hit him with a pass in between two defenders. It was a bit out in front so Cruz dove and hauled it in before stepping out. Cruz made another grab when he freed himself with a double move to get by Antrel Rolle and I believe Walter Thurmond III. We’ll get to it later, but Thurmond didn’t have the best practice.
  • As much criticism as Nassib takes, the one thing he does do well is extend plays. He’s deceptively mobile and is pretty good at throwing on the run. With that being said, he did not have a very good practice again. Passes were bounced or thrown high, and that was before the defense joined the offense. He gives up on plays and gets flustered in the pocket pretty quickly.
  • Marcus Harris continues to have a very, very nice training camp. The second-year wideout catches everything thrown his way and today hauled in a 20-yard touchdown from Nassib on a double move.
  • After Harris’ touchdown, Eli Manning came in for Nassib and proceeded to find Jerrel Jernigan for a touchdown on an in-route. Jernigan had his best practice of the camp, coming down with a second touchdown in one-on-one’s later in the afternoon.
  • On the goal line, Rashad Jennings took it in from five-ish yards out. He ran through a gaping hole between Brandon Mosley and Justin Pugh.
Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, New York Giants (July 22, 2014)

Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie – © USA TODAY Sports Images

ONE-ON-ONE’S…
With how much money the Giants invested in the cornerback position this offseason, the one-on-one drill may be the most interesting of camp. The concept is simply this: Get open.

  • Friday, Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie talked about how he sometimes ‘baits’ quarterbacks into throwing his way. He’ll play a step or two off a wide receiver so the quarterback throws the ball; he then breaks on it and makes a play. We saw that in the one-on-one’s. Rodgers-Cromartie played two steps off of Rueben Randle, Manning threw the ball and Rodgers-Cromartie hit a second gear to bat the ball away, nearly intercepting it.
  • Jerrel Jernigan’s fine practice continued when he beat Walter Thurmond for a touchdown on a streak. Ryan Nassib threw a nice ball to the back corner of the endzone and Jernigan outran Thurmond to it.
  • Preston Parker jumped in the air and pulled in a toe-tapping sideline catch. He beat Ross Weaver.
  • Corey Washington beat Jayron Hosley off of the line, then beat him again coming back to the ball on the curl and made the catch. Knowing he was beat, Hosley held on as Washington was coming back to the ball. Washington still made the catch and the ref threw a flag. The penalty was the second on Hosley today.
  • Charles James II intercepted Ryan Nassib when Marcus Harris fell down. The offense was looking for a flag, saying James pushed Harris, but none was thrown.

Side note…While this was happening, the offensive line, backs, linebackers and defensive line were having a full-contact running drill. From what I gathered from BBI friends Conor Orr and Art Stapleton, the highlight of practice took place:

SEVEN-ON-SEVEN’S…
There wasn’t too much going on of note in the seven-on-seven portion of practice. Either way, a few highlight are worthy of mention:

  • Eli Manning had his choice of two wide receivers, both of whom ran streaks. Marcus Harris beat Walter Thurmond and Preston Parker beat Prince Amukamara. Manning went to Parker down the sideline. Manning came back later to Harris who once again beat Thurmond. Again, Harris continues to shine.
  • Devon Kennard got beat badly by Daniel Fells down the seam.
  • Dan Fox jumped up high in the air from his zone coverage position to bat down a pass intended for Julian Talley. Fox has been working a lot with the No. 2 linebacking unit. He’s flashed a few times and if he doesn’t make the Giants’ final 53, expect him to be a prime candidate for the practice squad.

ELEVEN-ON-ELEVEN…
Practice ended the same as it always does with a full-team, full-contact 11-on-11. Here are the highlights:

  • I saw a different formation from the defensive line. Jason Pierre-Paul lined up as a defensive tackle, Cullen Jenkins moved to defensive end and Devon Kennard put his hand in the dirt as an end.
  • Mario Manningham beat Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie on a comeback route, but dropped a perfectly thrown ball form Eli Manning. Manningham rebounded later in practice with a really nice run slant route.
  • Back shoulder completion from Ryan Nassib to Kellen Davis who beat Nat Berhe. Nassib makes some very, very nice passes at times, but they’re overshadowed by terribly inaccurate ones.
  • Another Devon Kennard sighting. This time he had a would-be sack on Nassib when the quarterback tried to roll out.
  • New York Giants Training Camp (July 27, 2014)

    A full crowd was on hand to watch the Giants first practice in pads – Photo by Connor Hughes

    Little interesting note, J.D. Walton fist-bumps each of his offensive lineman before each huddle. Looks like the group is trying to build some chemistry. It’s something so small, but seems pretty cool.

  • Adrien Robinson dropped one in the flat. He did come back and make a sliding catch later in practice.
  • First long-bomb of practice. Eli Manning let one fly to Rueben Randle who got past Rodgers-Cromartie up the right sideline. No catching up this time from DRC.
  • There were three big hits to break down, depending on how you look at it. The first came on a run play when Devon Kennard came up and met Henry Hynoski head-on in the backfield. Did Kennard make the tackle? No. But he ate up Hynoski in the backfield allowing a fellow linebacker (I believe McClain) to come up and make the tackle. The way I view that? A win for Kennard.  John Conner had his own big block when he took on Justin Anderson. Both fullbacks looked good today.
  • Andre Williams had one of the more interesting runs I’ve seen all camp. It started when he knocked/ran over Johnathan Hankins, but then as he got three yards down the field he was lit up by Markus Kuhn. The funny thing, Kuhn didn’t help Williams up. He simply walked back to the defensive huddle.

The Giants will once again hold another full-pad practice open to the public on Monday. Players will talk to the media from 11:15am-12:15pm and practice from 1:20-3:30pm. Miss anything from today’s practice? Recap it all with our LIVE blog

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Rueben Randle, New York Giants (July 22, 2014)

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LIVE UPDATES: July 27, 2014 New York Giants Training Camp

Welcome to the fourth ‘Live Update Blog for the 2014′ New York Giants’ training camp. For Sunday’s (July 27) 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.

Not anymore.

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.

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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